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HP announces 8-colour, pigment-based Photosmart Pro B9180 printer  
Friday, February 24, 2006 | by Rob Galbraith

HP has announced the Photosmart Pro B9180, a 13 x 19 inch, 8-colour desktop photo printer that is the first model to use the company's new pigment-based Vivera inks for extended print permanence. A press release claims the printer can produce a 13 x 19 inch print in as fast as 90 seconds.

The printer has a maximum output resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi, includes HP's Closed Loop Calibration technology and features both USB 2.0 and Ethernet connection ports. The printer software is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

Part of the software bundle is the Photosmart Pro Print plug-in for Photoshop which, says HP PR representative Frank Fellows, "streamlines the Photoshop printing process, provides a central dialog box for color management and other print settings, combines the printer driver and 'Print with Preview' settings in one dialog box, allows the user to view key color management settings at one time and reduces flawed prints due to errant driver settings."

The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 is expected to ship in May/June 2006 at an estimated street price of US$699 in the U.S. 

HP Photosmart Pro B9180 (Photo courtesy HP)

HP has also introduced four new photo papers: HP Hahnemühle Smooth Fine Art Paper, HP Hahnemühle Watercolor Paper, HP Aquarella Art Paper and HP Artist Matte Canvas.

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