The HP Photosmart C8180 ink printer is a photo-oriented multifunction device that costs around $400. The printer is packed with exciting features that can scarcely be found in other AIOs in its price range. With 3000 impressions in a monthly duty cycle, the machine is best suited for home use or a home office. A 3.5 in touch-screen LCD display that can be tilted is amongst the standout features, the other being a DVD-rewritable drive with LightScribe capability. The swiveled touch screen lets you control several functions from one place and gives the front panel area an uncluttered look. This AIO measures 17.6 x 15.4 x 8.5 in and weighs 25.1 lbs. It promises a print speed of 34 ppm for monochrome and 33 ppm for color prints, which is not bad in comparison to HP 99 ink.
The HP C8180 inkjet cartridge printer offers a maximum print resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi for monochrome and up to 4800 x 1200 dpi for color prints, which is as good or better than some laser printers. The C8180 has two front-loading paper trays for text prints and 4 x 6 photo prints. The memory card slots are compatible with miniSD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo, and Memory Stick Pro. The digital copier offers speed similar to the print speeds and can manage size variations from 50% to 400% of the original size. The machine can process the following media types - cards, labels, envelopes, photo paper, plain paper, transparencies, and iron-on transfers. The HP C8180 ink cartridge printer uses six cartridges of HP Vivera Inks that include black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta and black colors. The HP 02 black ink cartridge gives a page yield of 660 pages.
The Contact Image Scanner (CIS) offers scans at resolutions of up to 9600 dpi. The scanner accepts slides and negatives. The Photosmart C8180 is Windows and Mac compatible, versions of Windows that are supported are Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP Home and Professional, and Windows Vista. Mac users need to have Mac OS X 10.3.9 or 10.4.x installed. Inbuilt connectivity options include USB, ethernet, Wi-Fi, and BlueTooth. Roxio Creator Basic for etching designs on to a LightScribe-compatible disc and Photosmart Essentials are the software bundled with the installation software.
The HP Photosmart C8180 inkjet printer scores impressively in terms of print quality and ease of use. Plus its plethora of features makes it an interesting package for the amateur photographer. In fact, if excellent photo processing is your major selection criterion; then go for the C8180. If color graphics is important, try the Phaser 8400 with Xerox 108R00605 ink. The machine; however, is not without its drawbacks. Its print speeds are slower than what you would expect. The absence of work-oriented features such as auto duplexing, ADF, and fax means that the C8180 is not really suitable for every small business owner's requirements.
Based on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, Ink Technologies will accept returns of compatible or remanufactured ink and toner cartridges for full credit if the returned product has a valid return authorization number and is received in our warehouse within 6 months of the original shipping date. If there is a confirmed print quality issue, only 1 set of opened products will be accepted for credit returns, and only if less than 30% of the ink or toner has been used.
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