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HP Photosmart C8180 multifunction photo printer

£276 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The HP Photosmart C8180 is a colour inkjet multifunction printer that's designed to be a one-stop photo-processing shop rather than an office workhorse. Its wealth of features - most notably, a DVD-rewritable drive - comes at a significant cost, however.

The HP Photosmart C8180 is a colour inkjet multifunction printer that's designed to be a one-stop photo-processing shop rather than an office workhorse. Its wealth of features - most notably, a DVD-rewritable drive - comes at a significant cost, however. Visit Photo Advisor for reviews of the latest digital photography products.

Inserting photo media into one of the HP Photosmart C8180's front slots summons the Photosmart Express menu on the control panel's LCD. You can even send an image from a Bluetooth-equipped phone.

Printing options include simple album formats, various layouts, and even video-frame capture (which we didn't try). The bundled HP Photosmart Essentials software offers more tools. The HP Photosmart C8180 has a dedicated input tray for 4-by-6-inch photo paper - that's the size you normally get family snaps printed out at.

The scanner platen (with an included holder for slides and negatives) digitizes such hard photo media. The HP Photosmart C8180's six total inks include light cyan and light magenta, for a broader palette when printing photos.

Included is a rewritable DVD drive with LightScribe - that means it can etch a design on to one side of a LightScribe-compatible disc. You can type out a simple word label from the HP Photosmart C8180's control panel, or you can use the bundled Roxio Creator Basic application to create more complex images.

The process is more straightforward from the HP Photosmart C8180; in the Roxio software, the LightScribe features are buried in a submenu. The etching time varies with the complexity of the design.

One note: the drive works with your PC only if the HP Photosmart C8180 is connected directly to the PC via USB; if it's networked via the machine's ethernet or Wi-Fi ports, you can use it only through the control panel.

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HP Photosmart C8180 reviews verified by Reevoo

HP Photosmart C8180Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 68 reviews
Colour inkjet multifunction printer
quoted print speeds: up to 34ppm black, up to 33ppm colour
4x6in photos: 10 seconds
up to 4800dpi resolution
4800x4800dpi optical resolution scanning
96-bit colour, industry-leading 6-colour scanning
up to 34 copies-per-minute (cpm) in black and up to 33cpm in colour
up to 4800x1200dpi black copying with 1200 scan dpi
up to 4800 optimised dpi
447x387x215mm
11.4kg
USB 2.0
compatible with Windows Vista/XP/ 2000 XP3
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Serious digital shutterbugs will love the HP Photosmart C8180's do-it-all photo processing capabilities. Everyone else should consider HP's more businesslike OfficeJet Pro L7680 or Canon's Pixma MX700, which offers a more balanced blend of photo and office features.

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