HP C8180 Printer Information
With an attractive white and gray frame, the HP Photosmart C8180 will look sleek and trendy in a home office. Not only is it compact and easy to lift, but it encapsulates a flatbed scanner, copier, and printer - the primary functions needed to do most general work and personal projects. The C8180 is listed as a photo printer, but it has been acknowledged for the impressive text documents it produces. Most major operating systems are supported and users have the option of a wired or wireless network connection.
The speed when printing in black-and-white or color is about the same, at 33-34 pages per minute. The maximum resolution, however, differs a bit. When printing black-and-white documents, the highest resolution attainable is 1200x1200 dpi. When printing with all of the 6 colors of HP C8180 ink, the top quality is 4800x1200 dpi. Scans have an optical resolution of 9600 dpi, but an interpolated resolution of 19200 dpi, which is helpful for keeping the maximum detail in scanning tasks like restoring old photographs.
There are six HP C8180 ink cartridges needed for this unit, which is two more than most inkjet models. Light cyan and light magenta join the standard color combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Using six colors of Photosmart C8180 ink rather than four expands the spectrum of colors that the printer can render, thus improving the quality of photographs exponentially.
The yellow and black Photosmart C8180 ink cartridges have the highest yields, at 500 and 600 pages, respectively, while the magenta supply yields about 370 pages and the cyan supply can yield up to 400 pages. Only about 240 pages can be printed with the light cyan and light magenta printer ink before replacements will be needed. For more affordable options, compatible versions of HP C8180 ink are available from a number of reputable third-party vendors online.
Slots are available on the front of the machine for users to insert memory cards to print without a computer. The 3.5-inch color LCD display makes it easy for users to preview, edit, and print the images that are loaded from the memory card. Plain and photo paper are not the only supported media types, however, as labels, envelopes, and transparencies are also compatible. The C8180 even features LightScribe, which allows for printing directly on CDs.
Some offices will not find the C8180 inkjet photo printer to be efficient enough for daily tasks, but photography enthusiasts certainly will appreciate the high-quality images that can be created right at home. With a 6-color printer ink system, built-in enhancement features, and a preview screen, users can print professional photos without relying on a computer.