Pros

  • LightScribe drive; touchscreen LCD
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Cons

  • Expensive; no ADF; no fax features
  • Washed-out quality on plain paper

At A Glance

Complete digital photo processing features include a LightScribe drive for etching and burning.

Manufacturer’s Description

Photosmart C8180 All-in-One offers a built-in CD/DVD burner with LightScribe, printing, copying and scanning in black/white and color. Remove dust and scratches and then archive photos to CDs and DVDs. Multifunction printer prints 34 black/white pages per minute with 1200 rendered dpi and 33 color pages per minute with 4800 x 1200 optimized. Photo is out in 10 seconds. Generates same number of black/white and color copies per minute. Copier makes up to 50 copies at a time and offers 50 to 400 percent copy scaling. All-in-one features a 3.5 LCD screen, 100-sheet multipurpose tray, 20-sheet photo tray, borderless printing up to 8-1/2 x 11 and direct photo printing from CD, DVD, memory cards, PictBridge cameras and USB-based mass storage devices. Connectivity includes Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet, PictBridge, Wireless 802.11g and Bluetooth. Flatbed scanner features 96-bit depth, 9600 dpi optical resolution and 19200 dpi enhanced resolution. Energy Star qualified.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.hp.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number L2526A#ABA
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card SD Card
Scanning
Scanner Type Flatbed

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Good
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
Copy quality Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 7.0   ppm
Performance
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 23.16
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 16.83
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 45.88
Color Output Quality Good
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 15.71
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 20.3
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 19.5
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 6.87
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 111.85
Sports Action Shot (secs) 24.37
Overall Scan Quality Good
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 7.14
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Copy (secs) 29.09
One-Page Webpage (secs) 23.29
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 3.0
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 45.29
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 7.22
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 2.5
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Good
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 2.6
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 7.28
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.7
Line Art Output Quality Fair