HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180 Review
An all in one color printer is ideal for any office or home as long as the output is not demanded in bulk. With the HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180 you can print, scan, copy and even fax. It is small in size and therefore saves on office space which in most cases is expensive to lease and can fit perfectly well in any office layout. This printer uses thermal ink jet modern technology. With the adoption of this technology the quality of output is top notch.
This printer can fit perfectly well while placed on any low desk or credenza. It brings an easier and faster way to the printing process .The HP PhotoSmart Pro B 9180 weighs 28 pounds and has dimensions of 26.6 X 16.9 X 9.2 inches in width, length and height; this makes it relatively difficult to be moved frequently from one location to another and thus should be placed in a more fixed location.
This printer has various print sizes alternatives ranging from A4, A5, executive cards to different photo sizes. Its control panel is relatively detailed to accommodate the various commands for effective performance of the different tasks. However the instructions are clearly displayed in its 3.5 inch touchpad that provides ease of navigation and suggests recommended action.
With a RAM memory of 64 MB this printer can store documents in its memory and print to speeds of up to 34 pages per minute for black and white and 33 pages per minute for color print. It also has an enlargement magnification of 400% and a reduction of 50%. This all in one printer has an automatic document feeder and comes with a not so common two sided printing capacity.
The resolution of this multifunctional printer varies according to the task being performed at that instance. For printing operations its 4800 x 1200 dpi for black and white and 4800 x 1200 dpi for color. On the other hand for scanning tasks there are two options; an optimal resolution of 4800 dpi and an interpolated resolution of 19200dpi.Due to this high resolution capability this printer can produce rich fascinating color photos, sharp lines and quality documents from one print to the next regardless of the ink levels.
.With a standard media capacity of 100 sheets and an output tray capacity of 50 this printer can produce a monthly duty cycle of up to 3000 copies
This printer comes with additional features such as built in wireless, an Ethernet connection and Bluetooth technology. In addition to this you can also print crystal clear pictures from you digital camera directly via a PictBridge connection.
The power consumption is 70 watts under maximum normal operation and 20 to 50 in sleep mode. It has also adopted a new concept of borderless printing that minimizes on paper margins space and intern saves on cost.
The HP PhotoSmart Pro B9180 has memory stick, flash disk, multi media card, memory stick duo, SD card and picture card external memory support options.
This copier does not have many compartments therefore it’s easier to locate and pull out papers in case of any misfeed. In the event of any dump replacement need, toner replacement and paper jams the indicators will blink to notify you. The instructions are simple and universal and the indicator lighting will be of great help during its operation therefore there is no need to constantly rush back to the user guide for instructions.
This printer cannot carry out all its integrated functions simultaneously which is a set back because in an office many users may wish to scan, print, photocopy and fax documents at the same time.
Though the printer has a speed of 33 to 34 pages per minute depending on color print which is higher than some printer this is still a low printing speed if the office is relatively busy and constantly needs the services of the printer.