"GREAT Printer+Copier+Scanner - ALL-IN-ONE"5.0 starson by Mike+1
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.