Pros Good quality, built in networking
Cons Small main paper tray
Summary Why the editors compare it to the Canon MP500 is odd - that one doesn't have built in networking. The HP does, and solved a big problem at my house. Now I can print from my laptop over the wireless network any time I want. Editors, please confine your comparisons to equipment with the same features.
Pros Excellent photo prints (on HP photo paper), excellent scanned copies of photo prints, 4x6 tray makes for fast and easy printing, super fast draft mode, low ink comsumption, easy menus, networkable!
Cons The printer is white I would have preferred black.
Summary I have read numerous reviews comparing the HP C5180 to the Canon MP600. I almost purchased the Canon over the HP because of these “reviews”. You can’t always trust reviews when advertising dollars are concerned. This HP All-In-One is great! It reproduces scanned photo prints with exacting detail (contrary to some reviews). The printed images of photos are incredible. The ink cartridges are easy to replace AND you will be replacing them a lot less often with this HP than the Canon! The print cartridges are less too. Buy it now!!
Pros Fast Network Printer plus great scanning and copying!
Cons None for me, some might want FAX feature, but not me.
Summary I waited nearly a month after buying and using this new printer before posting my opinion. I researched here as well as a couple of other sites before deciding on this printer. I think CNET's rating is a little low from what I have seen in my research and from my personal experience. Set-up was quick and easy, even with my XP desktop and wireless router connected to a new VISTA laptop that would not work with an older printer. I connected the HP5180 to the router by ethernet rather than using the USB port. This allows me to use it with the laptop while my XP desktop is turned off. The software is top-notch as one expects from HP, but might take some time to learn to use for some not as familiar with it, but I found the printer to work with other software that I had already installed, such as Adobe Photoshop for one.
You cannot beat the HP Photosmart 5180 All-In-One for the price, $169 including ink and starter paper kit. It prints very fast in normal mode and super-fast in draft mode which saves ink. It is as quiet as any unit that I have owned, used or tried. The six ink cartridge feature saves a bundle on ink as well. My old Dell AIO printer was a non-stop ink supply service contract that I am glad is over now. Text is better than any other printer for under $200 and pictures as good as any I've seen for under $200, better than Dell and as good as Cannon or Epson for sure. That may be due to the six ink cartridge system which cost less than half of the cartridges for other printers I have owned and used. There are 4 memory card slots that handle at least 8 different types of memory card formats so you can print directly from a digital camera memory card which I tried and it worked without a hitch. The OCR software worked better than expected when I gave it a rather tough test with mixed text and graphics including color text and graphics. I do not need a FAX feature because I can scan and e-mail to most, but I also have access to a FAX machine if I need it as well as built-in software and dial-up phone modem, but I just don't need it. The color scanning feature is really nice on this AIO as well providing brilliant colors at high resolution settings. There are separate, easy to access buttons on the front of the unit for using most all of the functions without a PC and software. Oh yeah, they say it works with MAC's too, so I am sure it does.
I believe the HP Photosmart 5180 AIO to be the best text and photo printer/scanner/copier for under $200 that you can buy and the price per print or copy to among the very lowest available from any maker.
Pros Fast, small, quiet, more features than I know how to use. NETWORKABLE
Cons Haven't found any yet
Summary I have had an HP in the past and am just coming off a comperable Epson. I have read the other reviews and the editors and others. Here are my observations. Pictures look great. Haven't scanned. Whisper quiet. Easiest setup I have seen on anything EVER. Network memory card reader, how cool is that. Like other have said, base your decision on what you are looking for. I live in an apartment and space is at a premium. This is SMALL and I can put it on my bookshelf. I don't mind the small paper tray, it would make it bigger. The wife and I both use wireless laptops and wander around the apartment.... and can print from the neighbors!! So many features I don't know if I will ever use them, but what I have used/changed has been stupid simple. Highest recommendation.
Pros I SPOKE TO INDIA FOR 3 HOURS
Cons TECH SUPPORT INDIA THE WORST HP ARE CONS!!
Summary THE C5180 A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS DIDENT HOOK UP TILL JAN 25 07 OUT OF BOX DEFECT PURCHASED FROM WWW.HP.COM MISSED THERE 21 DAY RETURN POLICY CONTACTED TECH SUPPORT 3 HOURS ON PHONE IN INDIA COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THEM THE BEST THEY COULD DO IS SEND A REFURBISHED PRINTER OR REPAIR .BUT THIS WAS NEW OUT OF BOX ???? THEY EVEN TOLD ME TO REPLACE THE INK CARTRIDGES 6 OF THE OUT OF MY POCKET SO THEY WILL KNOW IF ITS A PRINTER OR INK PROBLEM NO WAY HP NEEDS TO HIRE PEOPLE FROM THE GOOD OLD U.S PEOPLE WE CAN UNDERSTAND DONT BUY THIS PRINTER OR ANY OTHER HP PRUDUCT OR YOU WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME TALKING TO PEOPLE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND !! AFTER 6 PHONE CALLS I INSISTED TO TALK TO SOMEONE IN THE U.S 30MINUTS LATER TRANSFERED BACK TO INDIA STILL DEFECTIVE PRINTER HP SHAME ON YOU PS THE RATING OF 2 INSTEAD OF 1 IS BECAUSE THE ONE AMERICAN I SPOKE TO WAS VERY NICE AND HELPFUL