HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

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Product Highlights

  • Inkjet Type
  • Up to 13x19" Prints
  • Fast Print Speed
  • Borderless Printing
  • Archival Print Quality
  • B&W Photos w/ Neutral Grays
  • 8 Individual Ink Cartridges
  • 200 Sheet Paper Tray
  • Single Sheet Specialty Media Tray
  • Wide Range of Compatible Paper
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HP B9180 Overview

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The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer delivers exceptional image quality with superior color management and control making it ideal for both professional photographers and serious Photo hobbyists. HP Vivera pigment ink technology, combined with the printer's professional colors, enables accurate and consistent color reproduction. Furthermore, HP's third-generation gray ink is more neutral than ever before, allowing for exceptionally smooth transitions and detail. With Eight individual high-capacity ink cartridges the printer enables high-volume printing with efficient printing speeds - producing 4 x 6" photos in as fast as 10 seconds and 13 x 19-inch photos as fast as 1.5 minutes - ideal for professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Users can print exceptional photos on digital fine art media including canvas, photo rag, watercolor, stiff pre-matte and film up to 1.5-mm thick, as well as improved HP Advanced Photo Paper.

Professional Gallery-quality Photos
Eight-color HP Vivera pigment inks combined with 4800 optimized dpi resolution will produce gallery-quality photos and offer the user excellent image quality, durability and performance on a broad array of media.
Archival Pigment-based Ink
Print photos that are exceptionally durable, waterproof and resist fading for more than 200 years with pigment-based HP Vivera Inks. Water resistance and color stability, plus fast-drying photos are assured with HP Advanced Photo Paper.
Individual Ink Cartridges
The efficiently designed individual ink cartridges allow users to replace only the ink colors used, and the high-capacity ink cartridges are ideal for high-volume printing.
Precise Color Management - Print after Print
HP color controls make it easy to get accurate, consistent color automatically using HP's exclusive densitometric closed loop color calibration, and HP Color Center tools that effortlessly guides you through color management and printing. In Addition, You'll easily print photos fast using included Adobe Photoshop plug-in and upgrade to professional color management with the optional HP raster image processor (RIP)
Fast Printing Speeds
Print 13 x 19-inch photos as fast as 1.5 minutes and 4 x 6- inch photos as fast as 10 seconds.
Self Monitoring Ink Delivery
Electrostatic drop weight detection system automatically compensates for a nozzle not working, alerting you when the printhead needs cleaning or in the unlikely event of it needing to be replaced.
B&W Photos with Neutral Grays
Get black-and-white photos with perfectly neutral gray tones and deep black shadow reproductions by using only black and grey inks.
Supports a Range of Papers and Media
Achieve unrivaled performance, image quality and archivability on a variety of photo and art media up to 1.5mm thick, including stiff pre-matted paper or canvas, and print on a range of sizes from passport and panorama to 13 x 19, with or without borders. Conveniently print multiple size photos, without having to swap paper using front mulit-purpose tray.

HP B9180 Specs

Printing Method
Printing Technology HP Thermal Inkjet
Maximum Resolution Up to 4800 optimized dpi (Color & Black)
Minimum Ink Droplet Size Not Specified
Ink Type Pigment-based HP Vivera Inks
Ink Palette Photo Black, Matte Black, Light Gray, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta
Ink Cartridge Configuration 8 Individual Ink Cartridges
Print Speed Black (draft, letter): Up to 28 ppm
Color (draft, letter): Up to 26 ppm
4 x 6 Color Photo (draft): As fast as 10 seconds
Input Buffer 64MB
Printer Duty Cycle 1000 pages/month
Print Archival Life More than 200 Years
Paper Handling
Maximum Paper Width 13"
Maximum Printable Area 13 x 19" (Borderless)
Paper Sizes Letter, Legal, Tabloid, Executive, 3.5 x 5", 4 x 6" (with or without tabs), 5 x 7", 8 x 10", 11 x 14", 11 x 17", Super B (13 x 19"), envelopes
Borderless Photo Sizes All sizes (Borderless not available when using Specialty media tray)
Paper Types Photo Paper, Plain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Specialty media, Envelopes, Transparencies, Labels, Cards (index, greeting, Hagaki, A6, L-size), Iron-on transfers
Maximum Paper Thickness Main tray: 180 g/m2
Specialty media tray: 800 g/m2 (1.5mm thick)
Paper Capacity 200-sheets in main tray
Single-sheet in specialty media tray
Special Media Support Extra thick media (up to 1.5mm) via specialty media tray
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
RJ-45 Ethernet
Compatible Memory Cards No
Direct Print Capable No
Network Capable Yes (Ethernet 802.3 10/100 Base-TX)
PostScript Support Optional (HP raster image processor - RIP)
System & Software Requirements Windows System
  • Intel Pentium II 233 MHz Processor (or equivalent), or higher
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP (Home, Pro, x64)
  • 256MB RAM
  • 200MB Free disk space
  • SVGA monitor with 800 x 600 resolution & 16-bit color (1024 x 768 at 32-bit color recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB port or Ethernet port (networking with x64 systems is not supported)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 with SP2 or later

Macintosh System

  • PowerPC with G3, G4, G5, or Intel Core processor
  • Mac OS X (10.2.8, 10.3, 10.4, or later)
  • 256MB RAM
  • 450 MB Free disk space
  • SVGA monitor with 800 x 600 resolution & 16-bit color (1024 x 768 at 32-bit color recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive
    USB port or Ethernet port
Status Display Monochrome Alphanumeric LCD (2-line text) and indicator LEDs
Image Preview Display No
Front Panel Controls Menu, Previous, OK, Next, Cancel
Power Requirements 100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions 26.5 x 16.9 x 9.5" (673.1 x 429.3 x 241.3mm)
Weight 37.7 lb (17.1kg)

HP B9180 Reviews

Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I have had this printer for over a year, for the money I know of no other printer that can come close to the output, the quality one reviewer stated flimsy construction this printer is built like a tank. Very good on ink, although I would like to see larger ink cartridges available as the larger ink sets are cheaper per ml. After owning Epson printers in the past, the fact that this printer can set unused for months at time and print with out any clogged heads or nozzles is very refreshing. Speaking about heads if one fails they are inexpensive to purchase and user replaceable. Also being able to print on gloss or matte without changing or wasting any ink is a huge plus. Expertise: 30 years in photography Problems: None
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great when it works When this printer works, it is remarkable and produces near-darkroom quality. I use it primarily for printing in black and white, and on high-quality rag paper. The images are comparable to heavy-weight fiber-based prints, and reveal great tonality and clarity. HOWEVER, in 6 months time, I have gone through 4 replacements and am setting up my 5th printer. In each printer, there were mechanical faults ranging from improper paper transport to chassis problems. HP tech support has been supportive and helpful, but I have yet to receive a reliable machine, and therefore, get the most out of the promise of this machine. Unfortunately, I regret having purchased this product, and urge all those who commit to buying this unit to invest in the extended warrantee so as to cover all your unforeseen expenses.
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous so far I haven't had any problems with it as of yet. It prints beautiful picture. Even my husband, who thought this printer was too much money and couldn't be that good, complimented the pictures! The set up was a little long but it wasn't hard. The computer calibrates without you there so I just set it up and went to bed. I have yet to print a bad picture and I haven't really found anything that I don't like about it, aside from the size. It is really big. I knew this buying it but was still shocked by its size when I got it. A lot of open space is needed to utilize it completely. If you're a professional or need a professional end result this printer will not disappoint you.
Date published: 2008-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The good, the bad and the ugly of it Bought the B9180 after reading several reviews touting its printing quality, build quality and the like. After printing almost 100 5x7 cards, 100 4x6's and a few larger prints, here's what I think about it. Print quality = fabulous, No doubt about it, really good printing WHEN matched with the right papers. If this is your only metric, 5 stars. Print speed = fairly fast, cards print out in about a minute to a minute and a half. 4.5 stars. Paper Handling = woah hoss, this printer has done thrown a shoe. Non-printing side has some slight markings on several of the cards, thats not good. 3-5% of the cards kicked out for incorrect size, two cards double feed, ouch, not to mention the 4 cards that have crooked lines due to misfeed. Moral of this story is make sure that the card stock is really square inside the feeder if you use it. On the plus side, the 4x6 stock all feed with no oops so maybe its just the operator. 2.5 Stars. Print head closed calibration - failed the first time, passed the second time. Print head alignment has yet to come of sub-optimal and one print head has yet to clear from yellow to green. DESPITE this, GREAT PRINTS. So, 5 stars for a printer that KNOWS its messed up a little, and can correct for it. Ink Useage -- wow, that starter pack went fast, with 2 closed-loop calibrations, ALOT of head cleaning, but still got almost 100 prints out of it before it complains. Ink COST: so, now to get some Ink -- humm, need 6 of 8 right now, at (MSRP) of $33.00, thats .. well thats alot. You can bet I'm not gonna be alinging the print heads too much more. For my printing needs, it looks like about $0.42 per print (5x7's mostly) == reasonable. Overall: Satisfied. Prints ARE NICE. Looking forward to running some 13x19 stock for larger printing, but not until I get some INK :)
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Prints When Working The first B9180 I got worked, but used LOTS of ink to maintain itself and soon started leaking ink. After about 6 weeks of wasting ink, paper, $$$ and time, lots of time on the phone, the reconditioned replacement worked well for just over a year. Great prints when it works. Now it's rejecting print heads. It's asking for the 3rd YM printhead in a couple of weeks and I'm stuck in the same frustrating cycle of wasting time and ink calibrating the B9180, waiting to talk with tech support and it still doesn't work. I haven't been able to make a print for weeks, and that's just not acceptable.
Date published: 2009-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional printer I previously used an Epson 1280. The B9180 produces prints far and beyond what I could previously produce. While my traditionally preferred Ilford papers won't work with the B9180, I have used a variety of HP and Red River papers and have had no problems whatsoever. Colors (with the appropriate profiles) have been spot-on, and the printer has been easy to use. I now look at my older Epson prints and consistently see better results. I have not experienced any clogging, bronzing or any other issue. Expertise: Advanced amateur/occasional seller Problems Encountered: It has been slightly difficult to choose black and white ink options using a new IMac and Lightroom - this may simply because Lightroom recognizes B/W prints and takes over - however sometimes I am still able to make this choice anyway. I have not noticed any results based problems despite this issue. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Epson 1280 Items I Recommend: Red River papers, Hahnemule smooth fine art paper
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Printer I bought an HP printer because we do a lot of desktop publishing at work and the HP's always seem to last and rarely need service. I've been using an HP Deskjet 722C at home for more years than I can remember and it still works like a champ. I've used Epsons in the past and love the prints but hate buying cartridges and dealing with plugged heads. I've been using an HP7960 for a few years for semi/professional photo work and have had no problems. I wanted to print larger format, though and was looking for a more professional printer along the lines of the Canon and Epson. I am very impressed with the B9180. It has done everything I have asked of it. I'm looking forward to using some of the fine art papers, though. I'm running a Velocity Micro computer (4 GB of RAM, Dual Core 2.67GHz) with Windows XP Professional. The results from my Canon EOS 5D (landscape photos) are truly amazing. I plan to use the B9180 as the main printer in my recently built digital studio. We'll see if it holds up as well as my other HP's. Problems Encountered: None, so far, but have used it only several months. You might want to wait on this one if you just have to have Vista right now. Vista is not supported at present and past experience seems to dictate that the worst problems with new Windows operating systems seem to be reserved for printers. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Several HP's & Epsons Items I Recommend: A capable graphics computer
Date published: 2007-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This printer does it all...great color & b&w prints ...i have used hp advance photo papers ...Plus canon glossy pro and canon photo paper plus glossy...all with excellent results...fantastic printer....
Date published: 2007-03-07
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