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Photosmart Pro B9180 from HP

Uses HP Vivera inks in four dual-color printheads

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Hewlett-Packard has introduced its Photosmart Pro B9180 pigment printer, an 8-color unit (CMYcm, plus matte black, photo black, and light gray) that will replace the company"?s Designjet R30. The printer utilizes the company"?s Vivera inks to produce prints up to 13 x 19 in. It can handle media including canvas, photo rag, watercolor paper, film, and other media up to 1.5-mm thick.

The Pro B9180 features 4 dual-color HP printheads (8448 nozzles in all) and boasts a print speed of 25 pages/min (color, draft mode). HP reports it can produce a 4 x 6-in. print in 50 sec (normal mode; 70 sec in best mode; 10 sec in draft mode). It can hit a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi ("optimized"?).

The newly released pigment-based Vivera inks come in 27-ml cartridges. The inkset provides both photo black (for high-contrast and deep, rich blacks) as well as matte black; the gray ink allows for smooth transitions in black-and-white prints and subtle neutral tones. For enhanced productivity, the printheads and single ink cartridges can be replaced individually as required.

The Pro B9180 also features:

  • An electrostatic drop weight detection system that automatically compensates for a nozzle not working, alerting the user when the printhead needs cleaning or replaced;
  • An HP Pro print plug-in for Photoshop that automatically synchronizes Photoshop and the printer driver for single-user interface and color management; and
  • A variety of ICC profiles in the printer software.

Estimated street price is $699.

HP has also introduced a variety of new media at the show including: four digital fine-art papers"?Watercolour, Aquarella Art, Smooth Fine Art, and Artist Matte Canvas; an Advanced Photo Paper, in glossy and satin-matte versions; and a self-adhesive photo paper.


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