Pros Beautiful pics, replace print heads w/cartridges!!
Cons Bulky, shakes my whole desk a little when it prints, uses a lot of gray ink.
Summary After having 2 Canon printers and getting frustrated at having the print heads always clog and make the printer useless I decided to look at other models, hoping I'd get the same print quality and I'm not disappointed with this HP. Although it does seem to use a little more ink than canon, it's worth it to me just to not have to worry about the stupid print heads (at $80 a pop to replace that can make a canon printer an expensive investment)...so I like that they get replaced every time with a new cartridge! I've found that Canon pro photo paper works best...yes even better than HP paper..it's glossier IMHO. My mom has had a couple Epson printers and I think they hugely fail to compare to canon and hp.
It's also nice that you can print directly from your digital camera without a computer...and even edit them on the printer.
The only cons are it's a little big (so have room on your desk) and it does shake my desk a little although that doesn't really bother me. It's also a little slower than my can but it's worth it to me for beautiful prints...to me they look like they were developed. Overall, I definately recommend.
Pros easy to use controls, well built
Cons size, wise it was smaller
Pros Pictures are great
Cons Haven't found any yet
Summary After reading the reviews on the HP 8250 which was my original choice, I decided to go with the HP 8450 until HP brings out something better in a printer. The reviews here prompted me to choose the 8450. I have printed probably 200 pictures on it and couldn't be happier. They are photo quality and the color is true. It is an easy machine to use and I have not run into a problem one. It does use more photo gray ink, but not what I would consider extensive with all the pictures I printed. The other 2 cartridges seem to last extremely well.
This is a great printer. Somewhate big and bulky, but actually more to my liking than the smaller ones. At least you know you have a printer sitting there. Menu and function buttons are very easy to use.
Not a printer for doing text or you will use ink quickly. I have both the hp 8450 (for photos) and the HP 1100d (my workhorse printer). I'm very pleased with both. Now just waiting for the newest 8 ink HP to hit the market and get reviewd.
"Very disappointed"on by artboas
Pros Good picture quality
Cons Does not work as per specifications
Summary I was hoping for a great experience with this printer, and ended up with a major aggrevation. The printer advertises a proof sheet function, where you can print proof sheets, scan them after ticking off boxes, and printing you photos. This function simply doesn't work, and after 3 returns, lots of wasted cartriges, etc., HP acknowleged it was a firmware bug. The service "escalation manager" then went back on his word, and refused to take the printer back.
10 phone calls 3 letters later I got an RMA. VERY unhappy that they made me jump through all these hoops.
Pros Photo-lab quality photos; can print directly from camera; quick regular printing.
Cons It's a little large.
Summary Many online reviews give the 8450 the highest marks for photo quality, and they are correct. You will be quite pleased with the results from this printer.
I had bought an HP 8150 because it is slightly smaller than this, but it's photo quality was a little grainy, and it would not print on the highest quality setting from my Mac. (I returned it)
For some reason, even though they're similar, the 8450 works much better. The photo quality is indistinuishable from a photo lab (unless you use magnification). Colors are quite accurate, and the detail is tremendous.
With two trays (one for photo paper and one for regular paper), and three cartridge slots (tri-color, photo tri-color, and black), you don't have to do any adjustments to go from printing text, graphics or photos.
The controls and LCD screen on the printer make it easy to print directly from a camera or memory card, which we've found to be really convenient.
HP has changed printing and ink technologies with the new 8250 (each color in a separate cartridge), but the results based on the reviews appear to be disappointing. If you want the highest quality photos, wait until the next generation of HP printer comes out, or you can get a great deal on the 8450 now.