Pros Can copy without having to have computer on.
Cons Scan doesn't work over network; Can't print on some paper.
Summary I can't believe HP released this product. First let me say I have been a big HP supporter for years. I have multiple HP printers in my family. Two kids off at college, Dell PC's but HP printers. Tremendous success with HP printers so never a reason to try any others. Likewise an HP scanner from quite a few years ago. It worked great, but it's starting to show its age now (bulb getting weak, I think). I decided to upgrade to an all-in-one that could scan negatives among its other features.
First problem I encountered was with the scans. As I saw in another review, scanning over the network is terrible. And I was just going across the room. Didn't HP engineers ever try it? Anything with a dark background has white spots all over it. HP personnel told me I had a bad unit so I had it replaced. Same problem. The copy function would take the same picture that scanned poorly and print a copy without the white spots, so it wasn't a problem with the picture or dirt on the scan glass. Also tried to scan some negatives and the quality of those was poor as well.
Another problem I just encountered is that I can't print CD labels on the special CD paper I have. The printer tells me either the paper is the wrong size or to put the paper back in with the printable side down, which I had already done. I tried multiple settings and had HP personnel on the phone telling me to set the paper type to automatic, then plain, then CD matte, then CD/DVD - they couldn't get it to work either. The printer is basically telling me I don't know what I'm doing and won't print on the CD label paper I have used for years that works fine with my old HP printer.
I also had trouble printing my Christmas letter this year. I had paper with a design on it. When I printed on the plain white side on the back, even with a colored picture, it printed fine and quickly. When I printed on the side with the design, with just text, it went so slow I couldn't believe it. About a page a minute. I think it sensed the design on the paper and went into a different print process. I got it to speed up by changing the paper type from "automatic" to "plain", AND, even though I was printing black text, I had to switch the option to say "use the black ink cartridge". I can't believe the printer wouldn't have been smart enough to do that on its own since I was printing plain, black, text. A couple of my Christmas letters had some color blotches that showed up where they shouldn't have, and the printer tray seems poorly designed - not easy access when you are doing special work like re-inserting paper to do the other side or removing the paper that is in there.
I am not impressed with the software. Very slow. Not very intuitive, and in some cases poorly written. For example, I ran the program called Document Viewer which sounded like it would display pictures. I went into the folder where my scanned pictures were, did a "select all" and then tried to figure out how to view them. Moving my mouse over some icons I found one that said "view selected document in full page mode". I selected it and it showed me one picture and said 1 of 1, but on the bottom it said 8 of 8, since I did "select all" on the previous page. There was no way to get to the next picture that I could find. The "next" and "back" arrows were not active. Well, I'll just cancel out of this display mode. No cancel. No exit. Once again moving my cursor around over the icons I finally found one that said "display thumbnails", and that was how to get back to where I was. Not a user friendly program at all.
This printer is a complete ripoff for the price. I am definitely returning it, since I am still in the time frame for returns to Best Buy where I got it. Even if the scans work OK connected via USB, you're paying money for the wireless option which then becomes a waste.
My choice now is to wait for the next HP all-in-one on the assumption they will have fixed all the problems they have with this one, or maybe just try a different model like a Canon or Epson. Or I may just go back to a separate scanner. This printer is like a "jack of all trades, master of none". I would not recommend this at all. Even though it does some things OK, you can get cheaper ones that will do what you want. This one is definitely not worth the money. HP should be embarrassed to have this printer on the market.
Pros Installation was easy; the 7180 is feature rich and well thought out; Text, Graphics and photo quality is very good. Plus I love the big LCD that gives you a visual indication on what the 7180 is doin
Cons I had a issue with the initial alignment that mean the 6x4 photos printed using the 7180’s built in photo studio had their borders trimmed on one side this was resolved by running a re alignment.
Summary I had to get a printer that included a scanner as my wife needed this feature. The scanner on the 7180 is a high quality CCD unit that we can use for Digital Archival backups of old Negative / Slide film plus scan documents for OCR / business purposes. The printer is a 6 colour unit that quickly and quietly produces photos that are really amazing. I’m not sure why the CNet reviewer gave the printer a bad text / graphics rating as the text is very sharp, I wonder if they had an alignment issue also that was maybe not noticed. This coupled with the 7180’s smart features like auto paper quality calibration with HP paper stock, Bluetooth WIFI and Ethernet capabilities a fax machine I truly think this is a neat printer definitely a convergence device that does seem to live up to the label. Bottom line I have no issues recommending this device.
Pros wireless. nice features
Cons could not get the scanning to work
Summary The printer worked fine with my network. I spent a week trying to get HP to get the scanning to work with my computer. HP suggested I call a network spcialist. I finally returned the printer.
Pros Wireless, loaded with features, speed, print quality
Cons Software glitches
Summary This would be a great printer, if HP would fix some bugs in the software. I have reinstalled this printer about ten times, because the printer cannot be found by the HP Solution Center software. I run Windows Vista Home Premium; I'm not sure if people have had similar problems with XP. It works great, when it works.
"Works as advertised"on by neilfox
Pros Connects to network easily, solid quality prints for text and photos
Cons Slow scanner speed, ink tanks seem small
Summary This was a tough choice for me. No device I could find on the market met my needs 100%. I was looking for a printer that was wireless network compatible (I know I can purchase a print server separately), had a separate photo tray, printed to CDs directly, had robust fax and copy support and separate ink tanks. This was the closest that I could find give the only thing missing was CD printer support. Hardware setup was quick, but loading the software took hours... not sure why. I'm running XP SP2 and did not encounter any real difficulties. I've been using the printer quite a lot, and with the exception of the scanner speed (which effects the fax as well), it meets my needs.
I recommend it if you are looking for a wireless multifunction. The other printer I liked a lot was the Canon 680.