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Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this opinion. My aim, as always with technical opinions, is to provide enough detail to inform a purchasing decision but without overburdoning the reader with the technical jargon that can be so off putting. Whether I'm successful or not, you decide and let me know by leaving a comment. I have used this printer sporadically for about a year now. I say sporadically because it is not the first printer I arrive at geographically at work and therefore only occasionally line up with my digital camera memory cards at the standalone computer linked to this printer. I'm going to turn things about here and begin with the overall perception and work down to the detail. OVERALL This printer looks reasonable with enough curves to demonstrate it is from the more recent Hewlett Packard design stable. The white colour of the casing fits in with the standard desktop cases but contrasts starkly with the usual black colour of laptop technology. Fortunately for our sense of coordination this is located with a desktop computer at work. Overall I would recommend it to people looking to buy a quality photo printer. It has never failed to date and has had quite considerable use usually printing photographs onto plain paper or photo paper. The price (we paid a little over £200 but is is slightly cheaper now) is in the middle price range for inkjet printers but I feel this has provided value for money over the last twelve months. SPEED The printer is quoted as printing at 15 pages per minute for black and 12 pages per minute for colour. As with all speed claims they're slightly suspect. In comparison to other printers we use for printing digital photographs, this one seems slightly quicker. Two photographs printing to a sheet of A4 paper on standard quality takes about half a minute. This is probably about 95% paper coverage so this is an above average speed. CONNECTIVITY We connect this to a standalone computer running Windows XP. It is connected through USB. In this configuration the installation was a breeze with XP immediately realising exactly what was connected. Setup took a couple of minutes and has never needed correcting or reinstalling. The printer can also connect to Windows 3.x, 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT4.0 or MacOS 8.1 or later. It also includes a parallel connector in the box for those running systems too old to have the advantage of a USB port. QUALITY This printer is one of the smartest inkjet printers I have used and produces an exceptionally high quality output. It uses a Hewlett Packard technology called PhotoRET III. This stands for Photo Resolution Enhancement Technology and takes the true resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) to a simulated figure of 2400dpi. This in essence means superb quality prints where it is almost impossible to discern the individual dots that are making the image. In other words, close to photo quality. It also has technology I have never seen before but certainly believe is worth the money - ColourSmart III. This technology allows the printer to assess what media is in the tray and print appropriately. This may seem small fry but is incredibly handy in the workplace. There is no training required as the printer can tell the media and therefore you don't need to go in to the setup screen and do the job for it as is usually the case. OTHER FEATURES The best feature here for digital photo printing is the large memory. With 8Mb built in as standard, this printer takes what is sent and then hands over control of your computer immediately. Printers with no built in memory or less built in memory stutter as they print as the data is constantly being passed backwards and forwards between computer and printer. The manual is detailed and covers everything you might need to know and being Hewlett Packard you also get a great big colourful poster that on one side show
s you how to connect the printer and on the other side, how to install and use the software. OVERALL (AGAIN) A very good quality product. The only significant downside is that a year on there are similarly specified products for less money. That said, I have been impressed at the quality and reliability of this printer and do comfortably recommend it. Thank you for reading this opinion and I look forward to reading your comments.
Whenever I have purchased a printer it has always been a Hewlett Packard. They are the world's largest producers of printers and the world’s most selling printers. I own a 840C already and have just recently purchased another HP Printer in the 980cxi. This new purchase was not because the 870C was faulty or damaged but rather that I also needed a printer at home and therefore I purchased the 980cxi for the office and have transferred the 840C home. The 980cxi is an inkjet printer. Inkjet printers work by spraying ionized ink onto the paper with magnetized plates, which direct the ink to the desired places and therefore create the desired shape. HP are the masters in Inkjet technology and one of the outstanding features on most HP printers is that they do not require any "warm-up" time. This is unlike other printers like the Canon, Epson. The 980cxi is a step above the 800 range in that it has a "Duplexer". This allows it to print on both sides of the paper at the same time. This is especially helpful when you are printing fliers and pamphlets, which I do quite occasionally. This was also one of the primary reasons why I decided to splash out an extra £60 to secure this particular model. The unit itself is very elegant looking with a two-tone colour combination. The primary colour being the usual white. This is unlike the 800 series, which were totally white in colour. The buttons are also position horizontally instead of vertically on the 800 series and also the buttons are now rounded thus giving it a more elegant appearance. The printer contains two separate cartridges. One for Black and one for colour. This is also a great feature in the HP printers in that if one of the cartridges should finish and you still need to print something in emergency then it can still be done by using the other cartridge. For example some time ago I was printing some very important faxes in
black ink. My black cartridge finished and I still had three pages left to print. I simply selected "Print in Colour" then "Print in Grayscale" then I changed the text to "Bold" and printed the balance three pages. These came out just slightly lighter than if they were printed in the usual black ink but were satisfactory enough for me to complete my work and send out my fax. The 980cxi has a 600-dpi one-pass black print quality. The colour print quality is 2400 x 1200dpi using photo quality paper. They claim it can print 15 black text pages per minute and 12 mixed text/colour graphic pages a minute. I agree with the black text pages but not the colour. This is just for the propaganda as they clearly mention "mixed text/colour graphic". If you print a fully colour page (photograph) you would more likely get 4 pages a minute. The front load tray and hold upto150 A4 sheets. However I have not personally counted exactly how many sheets can be loaded but it does appear to be somewhere around 150 since I can load about one third of a ream. I will take their word for this on this one. You can also load upto 20 sheets of banners, upto 15 envelopes, upto 30 cards and upto 25 transparencies. Personally I have not tried the banners, cards and transparencies but I have tried the envelopes. One of the new features that this printer incorporates is that it has a "Optical Automatic Paper-Type Sensor". This sensor detects the type of paper that you are using and therefore selects the print mode for that particular paper or transparency film. Off course you can always override this if so desired. The 840 printer that I am using used to be relatively silent whilst printing but at the time of loading the paper prior to printing the noise used to be quite a bit. However with the 980cxi the operating noise is very low. This is due to extra internal padding using acoustic materials. It has a 8MB built in RAM as memory and uses a 96Mhz processor. This is significantly more than the previous HP models and thus provides faster printing and also the ability to memorize more print jobs. It is compatible with all versions of Windows 95/98/2000/ME/NT, as you would expect. I purchased mine for £165.00 two months ago. However since I was in quite a rush to purchase it I did not spend enough time looking around for a better deal. I understand that you can procure one for £150.00. When purchased new the printer comes with the Black and Coloured Ink and also a few sheets of photo quality paper. However it does not usually come with the cable that you need to connect your printer to the computer. Luckily this is not that expensive and you can easily pick it up for around £10.00. Overall I am all praises for my 980cxi printer and I am very satisfied with it. Many may not require the precision printing that this printer delivers and for you this printer will most certainly be expensive. However in my line of work I frequently need to print certain materials in the highest quality of printing, as these are things that I send out to customers overseas. The print quality is very similar to the laser quality especially if you use a good quality paper. It also prints at high speed in black and this is good when doing mass printing. All HP printers are very economical on the ink usage and cartridges usual last longer than other printers do. Warranty is One Year although I doubt you would ever need this as I have been using my 840 for five years without any problems whatsoever and I would expect my 980cxi to do likewise.
Ok - We all get free printers when we purchase PC packages, and they do the job and even print fantastic photo's....... or do they????? I have had a free lexmark Z12 for a year perfectly suiting my needs and i thought the images it produced were first class. This was until i purchased a IXUS V digi camera and was dissapointed with the prints - blaming the £400 camera!!!!! A local company gave me some example prints from two printers, one being the HP DJ980 CXi. I compared the prints to my own and was astonished at the difference in quality!!! I purchased this Printer a week ago and as with all new technology have put it through it's paces. To make it easier to understand it's features i will list them: 1. 1200 X 2400 print resolution - fantastic for photos and i mean fantastic. Your talking lab quality A4 pics. 2. 15 pages per min in black and 12 per min in colour - is that fast enough. 3. Auto paper-type sensor - we've all been there. Just after printing a photo, where the setting is to print at its best/max resolution, you then go to print a letter. No more wasted ink as the printer senses its normal paper and self adjusts the ink set-up, very clever indeed. 4. Auto 2 sided printing - This unit comes with a free duplex unit that allows you to print on both sides of the paper without touching it, perfect for flyers etc...., very, veryt clever indeed. 5. USB and Parallel connection - you choose. There are more but to be honest they are too technical and i don't simply want to copy what the manuel say's - hence all these features make it a fantastic buy. Do shop around for the best price. I paid £120 for this, but i have seen it priced around £210 !!!! Oh did i tell you that when printing it is as quiet as a laser printer. This feature may not sound much but let me tell you it really helps those tension headaches. Oh it also comes with a free colour and black cartridge AND f
ree paper, but alas no cable ( But you can normally get one of those FOC if you ask the right questions!!) I spent £20 over budget for this but it is well worth getting the right printer.