a New color ink-jet printer A3 size HP deskjet 1180c included in the new range of HP products, announced in late March of this year. This large-format color printer was designed specifically for small companies wanting to get, inexpensive, reliable, and high-quality device you can print large-format documents. HP deskjet 1180c is a lightweight version of the already well-known printer HP deskjet 1220c. Reducing the resolution from 2400 to 1200 dpi, reducing the printing speed from 11 to 8 pages per minute, as well as removing some are not significant distinctions, HP was able to reduce the cost at$ 100 (list price on hp deskjet s — 399$, hp deskjet s — 299$).
With one hand, making the printer a very attractive price, HP claims that its quality and performance is more than satisfactory for «technically careful» user wishing to obtain the minimum required capabilities at the lowest price.
on the other hand, the «relief» of the printer, several disturbing other users who want to get the most for the minimum money.
In this article, we will discuss the features of the new HP deskjet 1180c, will consider the quality and speed of printing in different modes, as well as consider the very important question of the cost of printing.
As always we begin with consideration of the external features. Design case HP deskjet 1180c made in fashionable shades of gray with translucent inserts.
the upper part contains the active access cover unit cartridges, responsive to the opening.
the front control panel, including the power button, stop, and resume printing, click the run sheet and the led status and ink level.
At the bottom of the printer is input tray 150-sheet, above the output tray 50 sheets having a sufficiently comfortable and functional design.
Thanks to the sliding trays, input and output tray allow you to easily work with different formats.
in Addition, the ability to raise the output tray and completely collapse the input, makes the printer more compact during idle time.
the hole of the printer also has some interesting design solutions. Most interesting are the special sliding bearing, allowing you to save the maximum plane of the media.
As You can see in the figure below, these sliding supports, the printed sheet is practically constantly in a «hanging» position. On the output tray printed sheet is only upon completion of the printing process.
HP deskjet 1180c uses two ink cartridges (black 51645 (No. 45) and non-SA and С6578D (No. 78)). Installing print cartridges traditionally simple. The actual cartridges are actually from the printhead and capacity of ink. This considerably facilitates the operation in the case of drying cartridge. So if this happens you can just put a new cartridge and to work on. In printers of other manufacturers, where the head is separate from the vessel, in the case of drying of ink have to clean the head, that is not so easy. But at the same time, Hewlett-Packard provides a warranty on their cartridges within 6 months from the date of installation. This means that even if the cartridge dries out it can be changed.
Cost of printing
Speaking of cartridges, we would like to touch on a very important question of the cost of printing. It is no secret that when the relatively high cost of the cartridge, in fact it is enough for a small number of copies.
HP offers the user a choice of cartridges of different capacities, depending on specific needs. Used black cartridge is the standard capacity ml, while the color may have the capacity ml or 38 ml estimated HP, enough to print up to 833 pages b/W printing and up to 970 sheets of color printing. These results were obtained on standardized ISO documents in normal mode. Under normal working conditions cartridges lasts for a much smaller number of copies, however, during our tests was published about four dozen sheets, twenty-five of which were printed in the highest quality. Our experience with printers from other manufacturers, showed that while printing large photos in A4 format, one set of cartridges is enough for about 10-20 sheets. In the case of HP deskjet 1180c after test printing, we have not noticed special quality deterioration associated with the termination of any color, in addition, the control led of the ink level, so he gave the alarm. It is possible that after printing several pages, we would receive an alarm signal, but the result can say enough about the efficiency of HP deskjet 1180c. Additionally, we want to note that the test pictures had a lot of dark areas of the print, which significantly increases the consumption of ink.
HP claims that the cost of printing the HP deskjet 1180c is 3 cents in black and white printing and less than 6 cents when printing in color.
connecting to the computer
to connect to the computer, two ports (USB and LPT), located on the back side. The use of two ports is much easier to connect in different operating conditions.
Before connecting the printer to the computer, we strongly recommend to install, more precisely, to say to start the driver installation process. In General, the driver installation process is automated. The user is required to answer a couple of trivial questions such as which port the printer is connected, and select to install utilities. Honestly speaking, users who have extensive experience in installing drivers very wary of any automation. It is best to do everything manually, otherwise you can cause serious problems. However, in the case of HP, everything went perfectly smoothly. The printer was tested on several computers, including versaline machines with installed special applications, where it was possible the appearance of conflict.
the particular driver
Given the positioning of the printer, the driver is made as clear as for the inexperienced user and the professional. However, the professionals will not find the driver some additional options that are required in some situations.
As always, the panel driver includes several tabs. The first tab «settings» allows you to select the quality, type and size of paper and ask a few traditional options.
the Following options tab includes several proprietary features that will help make the printing process easier and more comfortable for us users.
the Penultimate tab of the «Image» includes the functions of the image quality adjustment of the image.
And, finally, the tab «Preferences» there are several additional features that will help make the printing process more controllable. However, some advanced users may wish to disable some of them.
About the quality and print speed…
so this was an exciting time to conduct the first test print. Honestly, before «art» printing, we usually made a test printout. In the same way we did in the case of HP deskjet 1180c. Perfectly clear black symbols and lines, rich color of the HP logo, and more on the test print has been enabled once again to be convinced that modern inkjet printers are a serious competition to the laser.
Next, we tried to print on plain paper first photo, and came to a complete disappointment. Instead of the normal color image we got the print in bright shades of yellow.
actually this is not a problem just after installing a new cartridge, you must make several prints. I.e. you need to «print» the print cartridge. We drew Your attention to this shortcoming common to almost all new inkjet printers.
now, as soon as the printer began to print most similar color, we decided to conduct a series of quality tests using different types of paper.
as a test example used two pages with text — graphical content. Printing was performed in mode two pages per sheet. So, let’s start with the printing speed.
depending on the selected quality mode significantly changing the printing speed. As You can see, the highest speed achieved in «fast» mode, the page was printed in just 27 seconds. Despite the high printing speed, the print quality is quite acceptable. However, to compare it with the highest drawing in the optimal mode is not possible. The picture below shows examples of quality in different modes.
simple paper, quick mode
simple paper, normal mode
simple paper, optimum quality
Special paper for inkjet printers, the best mode
the Difference in the print quality is noticeable even at a superficial consideration of the above images. Closer examination of the quality print You can see that in fast mode, due to the high velocity of the head there is a small fill areas, as well as noticeable waviness of the lines.
the quality of the characters remains readable at a relatively high level. By increasing the quality we observed a significant improvement in fill areas and a clear position of all points.
it is Interesting to note that the maximum was in the optimal mode when using special paper for inkjet printers.
simple paper, quick mode
simple paper, normal mode
simple paper, the optimal mode
special paper for inkjet printers, the best mode
not Even the naked eye can be seen that when using the optimal mode on special paper, the picture has a yellowish background. In addition, when a detailed examination of each picture You will find how clear turn white characters on a blue, black and red background.
Quality photo printing
When the test print we used a special matte HP premium plus photo paper. Honestly, the quality of the images is impressive. Even at half resolution (1200dpi), images are extremely detailed. In addition, the color passed as correct. No one test shot we did not search any color. Even pale skin turned out to be as realistic as possible.
by the Way, speaking of photos, I can honestly say for the first time we printed the pictures are taken in both budget 2 Mega pixel camera. Honest speaking, the high quality we expected format 10×15, however, even the most simple printing from the standard viewer Windows picture and Fax we received a wonderful prints in A4 format. This was possible because the HP printers use the unique technology of image processing
After a detailed study of the printer HP deskjet 1180c we can confidently say that it’s perfect for that category of users, which directs its HP. High speed printing, high quality printing in different modes, low noise, very economical printing, and low cost make the HP deskjet 1180c ideal for small office and home if you need to do print large format on a variety of media, including photo paper and film. We would recommend this printer is a small web Studio, architectural and design Bureau and any other companies who wish to get a really reliable and inexpensive printer.
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