HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer

BH #HEPSB9180 • MFR #20
HP
HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer
Key Features
  • Inkjet Type
  • Up to 13x19" Prints
  • Fast Print Speed
  • Borderless Printing
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.
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HP B9180 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Professional Gallery-quality Photos
  • 3Archival Pigment-based Ink
  • 4Individual Ink Cartridges
  • 5Precise Color Management - Print after Print
  • 6Fast Printing Speeds
  • 7Self Monitoring Ink Delivery
  • 8B&W Photos with Neutral Grays
  • 9Supports a Range of Papers and Media

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 TechnologyHP Thermal Inkjet
Maximum ResolutionUp to 4800 optimized dpi (Color & Black)
Minimum Ink Droplet SizeNot Specified
Ink TypePigment-based HP Vivera Inks
Ink PalettePhoto Black, Matte Black, Light Gray, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta
Ink Cartridge Configuration8 Individual Ink Cartridges
Performance
Print SpeedBlack (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 Cycle1000 pages/month
Print Archival LifeMore than 200 Years
Paper Handling
Maximum Paper Width13"
Maximum Printable Area13 x 19" (Borderless)
Paper SizesLetter, 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 SizesAll sizes (Borderless not available when using Specialty media tray)
Paper TypesPhoto Paper, Plain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Specialty media, Envelopes, Transparencies, Labels, Cards (index, greeting, Hagaki, A6, L-size), Iron-on transfers
Maximum Paper ThicknessMain tray: 180 g/m2
Specialty media tray: 800 g/m2 (1.5mm thick)
Paper Capacity200-sheets in main tray
Single-sheet in specialty media tray
Special Media SupportExtra thick media (up to 1.5mm) via specialty media tray
Connectivity
Computer InterfaceUSB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
RJ-45 Ethernet
Compatible Memory CardsNo
Direct Print CapableNo
Network CapableYes (Ethernet 802.3 10/100 Base-TX)
PostScript SupportOptional (HP raster image processor - RIP)
System & Software RequirementsWindows 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
Physical
Status DisplayMonochrome Alphanumeric LCD (2-line text) and indicator LEDs
Image Preview DisplayNo
Front Panel ControlsMenu, Previous, OK, Next, Cancel
Power Requirements100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions26.5 x 16.9 x 9.5" (673.1 x 429.3 x 241.3mm)
Weight37.7 lb (17.1kg)

HP B9180 Reviews

Worked OK........when new

By Bubba the the ex HP owner
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-05

When it was new it worked quite well. Doesn't work at all now. Try calling HP support for a n y t h i n g......all they do is try to sell you something else to replace it. NEVER again will I purchase anything with HP on it.

Extremely buggy Windows drivers

By Ron
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2008-10-29

I print client photography as well as my landscape work. Most frequently printed sizes are 8x10, 11x17, 13x19. I print from Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom 2. Ok, you can read the other reviews about the printer hardware. The print quality is mostly good, though I've had some pizza cutter lines in dark areas of photos (from the little toothed wheels in the printer). But most of what you need to know is about the Windows drivers....hellish. Couple of the pain points: Their custom plugin does not work with CS3, only CS2. Their paper/profile manager can't properly remember ICC paper profiles. Every time I try to print on several paper types such as a Moab matte, others, the color is badly skewed (pink faces on people, bad blacks, etc.). Simply switch to other paper type and ICC profile and cured. If I uninstall the bad ICC profile fresh, then tell their utility to reload it, it will often work...for a week or two, then repeats. Problem only occurs with 3rd party profiles. HP's always work. Problem occurs from multiple manufacturers such as Moab, Calumet, and Harmon, so I know it's not just one company putting out bad ICC files. Pain point 2: If you abort a job (paper's out, or you try to cancel a job after preview) the printer driver sends Windows into a conniption fit, spastically flashing the system tray and maxing out the CPU so you can't use the computer. Only cure is to kill the Print Spooler service, delete the print job from the spool folder, and/or reboot. Never had any other print driver go into a tail spin like this. Also, despite what anyone says, this thing can be dog gone slow. Once it prints, it's about what you'd expect. I use the network interface on a 100-baseT LAN (100 mbs). It takes several minutes (often 5-8) just for each print job to spool until the printer even wakes up. It's literally a walk away and come back later type of thing. So, good value for the money, and excellent compared to Epson's competitors since you don't have to change blacks between matte and gloss. I don't regret. But definitely NOT a smooth ride. It's a pain to fight with and use, especially the color profile problem more than anything...absolutely infuriating.

Worth the money

By Sunshine committee
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2008-10-24

This printer really shines with larger print size like 8 by 10 or larger. Setup is long but automatic. The printer works well on a network with the ethernet cable.

The good, the bad and the ugly of it

By Roger0x1
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2008-06-23

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 :)

Great Prints When Working

By Nickname
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2009-09-18

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.

Best Printer Ever

By Chrisdame
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2009-09-01

This is one beast of a printer and temperamental, but let me tell you, it prints like a dream. This is the only printing system that even comes close to darkroom work! The full bleed on 13x19, to working on 300lb watercolor paper and if your careful, I have even printed really cool images on non-inkjet paper. I love this this. An excellent piece of equipment.

Great when it works

By GJCohen
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2009-01-04

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.

Not as good as I thought

By Mo007
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2008-11-29

I owned HP B9180 for a year before I got tired of power cycling and ink usage! When I first got it, printer produced better quality prints till I updated the firmware!! After that no matter what I did my prints did not match my monitor even with custom profiles, it was close but my prints always had yellow in it. I did not like the gloss differential it created on semi-matte and glossy finish. The other thing I did not like was power cycling when printer displayed the error massage which I never figured why it was happening!! and each time it happened I had to disconnect the printer from power wait 30 second then connect the power cord back to the printer. You might think that is not a big deal!! each time you disconnect power from printer it looses the color calibration so you have to that again and that means more ink gets wasted plus one sheet of glossy paper!! According to HP you have to leave the printer on all the time for the printer to maintain its health so everyday printer shoots some ink through its print heads and that expensive ink just gets wasted, since printer does not have user replaceable waste tank sooner or later you get your sponge pads saturated with ink and that will cause a premature print head failure. Default setting for printer maintenance software coming on too early and too frequent to tell you buy more ink while ink cartridges still had lot of ink left in them! On the positive note it prints nice B&W but how often you print B&W?? B9180 does not like Ilford paper and if you print on the Ilford you need to let it dry at least 24 hrs or more before storing it. Print sharpness and saturation of B9180 is not as good as Epson comparable printers.

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