HP Photosmart C3180
This is the first all in one printer I bought about 4 or so years ago. This will work on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
I have had an awful experience with this which I will try to explain in this review.
This connects to your PC via a USB cable and it requires a power cable as well.
It has a scanner and printer and it can also be used as a photocopier. It does most of these tasks but it takes forever especially when printing. It can sometimes take more than 30 seconds to print and I end up wondering if it's crashed. I usually have to end up trying several times before it starts printing. The clunking sound the printer makes while printing is like a printer from 20 years ago. The scanner doesn't sound any better. It sounds like it's about to break any second. It's like a squeaking sound as if the rollers or whatever's inside it needs oiling.
Recently the printer part of this machine has developed a fault in that whenever I power up the printer, it prints out a test page. I have to press the cancel button every time I turn on the printer to stop this so it does not end up wasting ink and paper.
The HP software that comes with it is not very good either. You would be better off downloading just the basic printer / scanner drivers off the HP website. I made the mistake of installing the full HP software / driver package that comes with extra programs like a photo editor program, another one to buy supplies from the HP shop and the HP Solution Centre which is supposed to help you if you have any problems using your all in 1 printer.
The only thing these extra pieces of software did was to bloat my PC and just get in the way.
I use a 3rd party program called Nuance Omnipage to scan text and images into my PC. Every time I scan an image, a page pops up on my computer asking me if I want to change the image I have just scanned i.e. crop, rotate etc. It is a 'feature' of the HP software and nothing to do with Omnipage. I have another all in one Epson printer and I don't get a pop up page every time I scan an image. It can get annoying when you're trying to scan 20 pages to have to go through an extra step and click on the ok button after each page.
Finally, the cost of the inks is very high. They cost about £12 whereas for the Epson I have, I can buy compatible ones for £2.
The Epson all in one printer I've got is almost 10 years old and that is much better than this in all aspects.
The lesson I've learnt is not to purchase a HP printer again.
I came into the computer age late in life as I lived on a sailing boat for 15years and did not want to risk having expensive electronic equipment in a damp and salty atmosphere where every inch of space has to be used with care. When we finally came ashore we had a computer stack made for us at the local computer shop, of very basic equipment and he suggested that we bouhght the HP photosmart to go with it. I think we were extremely lucky to get such good advice as in 5years of albeit light use it has been almost completely reliable only going back to the shop once for a repair .We sometimes get a block on the printer queue which takes a while to clear,last time it cleared after I had printed something using the laptop and then tried on the PC again. I have no idea why!
It has three quality settings for printing ,I keep it on the middle setting and to me the photo printing quality appears excellent, I like to print family photos and send them as birthday cards. The photocopier function is really useful for documents and passports saving trips into the nearest town.I now have learnt(through reading reviews,so thankyou everyone)to buy the larger ,more economical ink cartridges which saves me quite a lot of money.
The best use I have found for my printer is that now I can buy cheap on-line air fares and print the tickets off at home this is great for me as I can now visit my Mum and Dad who are both in their 80´s much more often so thank you HP for a product even a dinosaur like me can use.
I have had this printer for a couple of years now and it has proved itself to be great value for money and very reliable.
I initially bought the printer because it was on offer. I think I paid about £50 at the time. I'd had good experience of HP products in the past so I was confident it would do the job.
First of all it is a nice looking bit of equipment. It is grey and white and glossy all over with a fold up paper tray so you can keep it neatly stored away. I have mine next to my desk on top of my filing cabinet and it actually looks quite attractive!
The print quality is pretty good. HP claim it produces laser-quality documents. Having owned a laser printer previously I don't quite agree with this, but nevertheless it is still good. Colour printing is very good, but the photo printing is not brilliant.
When printing you get the options to print fast draft, fast normal, normal and best. I always use fast draft unless I want really high quality. On fast draft the printer prints very quickly and the quality is fine for everyday use. On high quality it prints at 22ppm for black and 20ppm for colour.
The photocopier is really handy. It saves you having to go to the shop everytime you want something copied! Again, the quality is very good and you have the options to print in 3 different qualities.
The scanner seems to be as good as any other. I don't use it very much but its handy to have it if i need it!
Overall a great little printer for a great little price. If you are looking for top quality photos this isn't for you, but it's perfect for general everyday use.
A very versatile, and reliable printer, so much so we have two, one for university, one for home, thus indicating how many tasks it can be adapted for. The variable print quality setting is useful, especially for when you want to reduce the amount of ink you use, especially if the document doesn't have to be perfect. The quality of pictures, and richness of colour is also very, very good. The ability to slot data cards holding pictures, such as SD cards, directly into the printer means you don't need to have your computer switched on to print pictures. Furthermore, the obvious benefit is the selling factor, the photocopier, both in black and white only, as well as colour, is good quality, which I have used many time to copy articles and documents I needed a hardcopy of. The computer doesn't need to be plagged in for the photocopier to work.
I have used this printer alot for printing lecture notes and never had a problem, very quick and efficient, and I have also consistently plugged and unplugged the printer into my laptop, and have only had to install it again a couple of times, and that hasn't taken very long.
Also for actual photographs the printer has performed, well though takes a bit longer as expected.
Ink is readily available to buy in most shops that stock ink, as well as on the internet, and although its not cheap, its far less expensive than many other cartridges out there.
Overall, a very good printer, for school/university work, as well as pictures from holidays etc and other day to day printing.
We've never had the best of luck with printers in our household. I personally put this down to the simple fact that we always end up buying the cheapest option, and hence the quality of the product that we end up using is often well below par. So when my paps brought this one home because it was going cheap at Argos, I feared that once again the next few months of printing pages would become quite a chore. However compared to the epson printers we have had before this one seemed to work ok, the majority of the time it pulled the paper through one at a time, and not in clumps, and the writing was usually pretty centered and straight on the page. However note how I said the 'majority of the time' with it not being a lower to middle range printer rather than a high range one, you have to expect some hiccups from it now and again.
So what does this Photsmart all in one printer copier scanner do? Well I've pretty much just said it there, as the old adage goes, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Sure there are little editions, like being able to slot your camera's memory stick directly into the printer and print the images off in photgraph form, and it has very good photo quality I might add, however it does use alot of ink when printing a photo off, and i'm not completly sure if it's any cheaper than going to the local kodak shop and getting them to print them off for you.
So how about the scanning and the copying? well no complaints from my corner, in my limited use of these feature I've never once found fault with the scanner or copier, however as I have mentioned, I have not used these features extensively, and am not sure how it would cope if constantly being used to scan images onto the computer.
Apart from the odd clumping together of pages, and the page not always going in straight, there isn't a great deal I can complain about in this product. For the price it seems to have been a bargain, however I think printers have been around long enough now for the companies making them to have finally found a way of producing them in good quality at an affordable price, and I can definatly say that HP have managed that, however I wouldn't that HP have managed to find a way of producing ther in cartridges cheaply, well atleast if they are, then they're not passing this onto the customer by lowering the cost of said ink. True to form, in our family however, we went for the cheaper 3rd party option, and havn't used a single HP cartridge other than the one that came with the printer, against the advice that many seem to give. And it doesn't seem to have caused any notable damage to the printer, granted, the printer isn't in use as much as many household printers are, but it's still get's it's usage, and whether using these cheaper, non-HP cartridges does damage the printer or not, the money we have saved thus far is more than equal to the amount it would cost to replace the printer, so to me it seems like we made the right choice going for the cheap option... atleast this time.
I bought a HP C3180 as my very expensive Epsom and all replacements given continued to go wrong. I had no idea how good it was, just that it was on special with a digital camera.
I can honestly say it is the best printer I have ever had, the only down side being front loader, so thickness of card can be a bit of a problem.
I am a crafter, I make greetings cards so I print on all types of card & paper (some not ink-jet coated) with brilliant results I also on print on vellum and acetate, but these must be the printable type
I have been looking for another printer for my laptop & have tried Epsom and Kodak, but the quality on non printable card is yuk, both refuse to acknowledge acetate, and one also refuses to acknowledge vellum as well, so no use to me. The picture quality on the more expensive printers after using my hp are very harsh, not a good look on a birthday or wedding card. I am looking for another c3180 but have been told has been discontinued. I will keep looking.
I have had my hp photo smart for about 3 years now and it has proved to be quite reliable, when i first got it, it came with ink and all the software and cables i needed. It was very easy to install and once you've got it up and running its great. It is pretty quiet when it is printing which is a good thing as some printers can be extremely noisy, if your not a heavy user your ink should last you quite a long time. This product is also great for the scanner as you never no when you might need to scan something, i have also printed a numerous amount of pictures using this printer and the quality is absolutely excellent, if your quite new to using computers or even if your not i would advise this printer as it is good quality and it also is quite reasonably priced.
The HP Photosmart All-in-one, I think represents exceptional value for money. I got a free digital digital amera with mine which is excellent as well. It is very light in weight compared to other all in ones which is brilliant for me as I use it with my laptop and tend to move the printer around the house. The 3 functions are all very easy to use and the control panel on the top of the printer is very user friendly. I basically learnt how to use it without using the instruction booklet as it was that easy to pick up. The colour of the printer blends in well to the house as well as it is a light colour not dark that makes it stand out. The only bad thing I have found is that the scan button doesn't work with Vista so I had to go online and visited the HP website download centre and there was an installation there for download. My scanner still doesn't work with the scanning button on the printer itself but it does work from my computer screen via windows scanner. I have found this all in one to be very reliable, with good print quality and it is economical for ink cartridges. All in all I am very pleased and impressed with this product.
I've had my HP Photosmart C1380 All-in-one Printer for quite awhile now. It's proved to be a reliable work horse produces great text and photographs and for the price I believe represents a good buy. The first I heard about the HP printer was back in 2006 and at that time they were selling for around the £70 mark, at the time of writing you can buy them from Amazon for £49.00 including free delivery. My experience with the printer to date has been very positive although like many printers it's recommended to shop around for ink cartridges as these can be quite expensive to purchase. The Photosmart also operates as a stand alone unit meaning you can use the photocopier or print photo's without the use of a computer. Unlike many of the other models in the photosmart range this HP lacks a LCD to view photo's with, or pic bridge to connect camera's. You can however print a photo proof sheet from which to select photos.
To run this printer you need to be running either Vista,98SE, Me,2000 or XP,it will also run on Mac's. You will need a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive and an available USB port and USBcable. It helps if you have a 16 bit colour monitor (32-bit colour recommended) with a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 monitor HP recomemd that you have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 5 or higher. There's quite alot of software with the HP and therefore you need at least 1.2 GB available hard disk space for software installation, you also need an additional 50 MB hard disk space for full colour scanning. Despite the fact that the HP works as a stand alone it does still require a computer to set it up, it's also helpful to have internet access.
IN THE BOX : Power lead, Ink cartridge, Software CD Windows Vista, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Mac, Book of instructions
SETTING UP THE ALL IN ONE HP PRINTER
Set up is pretty easy. I'm running Vista on my system and encountered no problems. Once you've inserted the 'Set Up' CD into your computer drive it's just a question of following the on screen pronts. One thing to remember during set up is to only connect the printer to your computer when requested to do so otherwise you might have problems with operating the software and will need to re-do the set up. As expected with a multi purpose printer there's quite alot of software to install fortunately HP's install program has a 'Custom' option that lets you choose which programs to install - perfect if you already have good photo software. The main HP software is HP PhotoSmart Essential & HP Solution Centre
HP PHOTOSMART ESSENTIALS : This is the software through which you can add, edit and share your photographs. You can also : send photographs with windows mail or through Photosmart share, store & manage photos online, order photo gifts for friends and family, ie :MemoryBooks, calendars and mugs - (With Snapfish, a service of HP)
HP SOLUTION CENTRE : This is the software which allows you to adjust your print, scan and copy settings. It also has a shopping, help and support and create section.
To insert the Ink cartridges you open the printer door on the front of the printer, the printer needs to be on, the printer cartridge holder should slide to the right when you open the front door and from there you can insert the cartridges. The Photosmart uses the following ink cartridges:
BLACK - 336 RRP 14.89 (7ml) 338 RRP 15.59 (11ml)
TRI - COLOUR - 342 RRP 14.99 (7ml) 343 RRP 17.99 (11ml)
PHOTO - 348 RRP 17.89
From the standard black and white cartridge you can get around 680 pages with the colour it's around 440, obviously dependant on what you are printing and which size cartridge you are using. I would personally recommend using the larger size cartridges which can be brought alot cheaper than the above stated RRP. You can save alot of money buying equivalent Hp cartridges, I've used these in the past but now tend to buy reduced price Vivera HP inks. I personally found that some of the equivalent ink cartridges don't work that well with the on board HP Ink level indicator. My most recent purchase was through Amazon where I brought a 343 Tri Colour (7ml) and a 338 Balck (11ml) for £18.22.
THE PRINTER : The HP can print at a maximun resolution of 1,200x2,400dpi. HP quoted print speeds are on the optimistic side (B=22ppm C=20ppm) this will obviously be dependant on the complexities of the document but I've found a more realistic figure to be - 11ppm in black and white, and 7ppm in colour.
TEXT & GRAPHICS
There are three print settings on the HP the quoted print speeds above are for the lowest quality setting if you require decent text quality then I would plump for the second highest, it's slower printing but produces sharper text. On graphics the HP speeds ahead, producing 7.0ppm in its lowest quality mode. At its best setting the HP's text is very good, but you'll have to settle for just 1.9ppm. At the second-fastest setting, it achieves very bright and vivid results at the rate of around 3ppm, while the best quality is available at around 1.5ppm.
PHOTO PRINTING & QUALITY
As mentioned above the printer will print directly from a camera (via USB) or from a photo card using one of the 6 in 1 card reader inputs which are located front left of the unit. The HP has something called Photosmart Express on the front left edge with three card slots below, these support CompactFlash, Sony MemoryStick and MemoryStick Duo, Secure Digital and MMC and XD. I printed my first photo using the standard colour and black and white and I have to say that I was really happy with the results. Before I brought my parents a little photo printer I use to do all the family photo's on the HP and it coped very well. On HP's photo paper it printed competent photos using its standard cartridges. For even better photo quality use a Tri colour and photo cartridge together and use the premier hp photo paper which has a 100 year shelf life.
The scanner's optical resolution of 1,200x2,400 (at up to 48-bit colour, 8 bit grayscale (256 levels of grey) is quite good for this price. Since having the HP I've scanned in most of my parents old family photo's, birth certificates and other documents obviously you need to adjust the resolution for what you are scanning.The scanner includes an image editor and the integrated OCR software will convert scanned text to edititable text (if you choose to install). One other thing to note is that you need use your computer to scan document.
The copier can copy to 4800x1200 dpi. I've used it quite a bit, its saved me numerous trips into town just to photocopy few documents and was really useful when doing my college work. Again you can photocopy without the use of a PC if needed or you can use the built in software and edit your images on the computer. It's easy to operate the HP as a stand alone unit buttons are clearly marked on the top left hand side of the printer. To copy there's one button for black and white and one for colour, it's that's simple.
The HP all-in-one has been the most reliable printer I've ever owned and I'm more than happy with it. PC advisor was singing it's praises back in 2002 when it was £70 but now you can buy it for £50 or less, if you shop around. If you want one with a built in LCD to view photo's check out the C4280 which you can buy for around £50.
The HP Photosmart C3180 is a relatively cheap printer, but still gives a very good quality of print and comes with some nice features.
The print quality itself is very high, images/photos and good quality and text is clear, crisp and readable.
The scanner is also very good. You need to install the HP software, which is a pain because there are over 5 different applications and they are all confusing and some start autmatically when you turn on your computer which is annoying.
But once you have the software installed, the printer/scanner is great. You can easily scan in text/images and rotate and crop things. Once you have scanned something in you can use HP's amazing OCR software to convert text into a word document that you can edit. This software works surprisingly well, but you should read through your work first because there might be some mistakes.
This printer-scanner is great value for money, is very good quality and has some great features.
I have never had much luck with printers. Since I was 20, I have had 6 different ones, and I am 27 now! However with the C3180 I have learned my lesson, and I think the trick is, only to use HP cartidges - that's what has messed my printers up in the past.
Scanner: - This works really well and is great for scanning old photos to put on facebook (this is all I use it for!) and also for photocopying. It's so handy to be able to copy a few sheets at home for whatever purpose. You just place the paper in the scanner, press 'copy' and it then prints out the page.
Memory card reader: - This has three slots and takes all the big memory cards, its handy just as an extra drive for your PC, or for printing photos. Here, there is a function where a memory card containing photos can be inserted, to print a sheet containing thumbnails of all the photos on the card. Also printed is a tick box next to each thumbnail. You then mark the photos you want and insert it into the scanner. This then reads the marks you made in pen, and prints the photos you selected. This is probably handier if you're using the printer independently of a computer.
Printer:- Of course the devices main function. This works brilliantly, whether printing off something quick using the 'fast draft' setting, or printing onto quality photo paper. The photos I have printed are flawless and I have even framed some for my bedroom wall.
The machine has a large footprint, as you would expect from a printer / scanner. But it is as compact as it can be, and looks tidy on the desk. I would recommend this as a simple, but quality printer.