Hewlett-Packard Photosmart C8180 All-In-One Printer
Company: HP

US $399.99

I’ve been a happy user of my HP 7280 all-in-one unit for a number of months. After I reluctantly returned the C7280 review unit, I put my money where my review mouth was, bought one, and have had no regrets.

HP asked me to review the C8180, and here’s what I found after using on it for quite a while.

First off, the 8180 is not simply a 7280 with HP’s revisions du jour; it has a higher resolution scanner and printer. According to HP, the additional sensors that make up the 96 bit scanner sensor produce better color accuracy as well as reduced noise and grain from negatives. It is more obvious when scanning certain colors, like saturated reds and greens, and scanning certain types of originals, like offset press or inkjet prints. As we’ll see, actually producing a 96 bit scan is awkward.

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