Vincent, et. al.,
Thanks for an excellent 'site. I've been in the market for a new A3 printer since before Christmas; was tempted by the Epson R1800, but then along came the R1900, and I read Vincent's reveiw with anticipation. However, I had just about made up my mind to buy the HP B9180, when along comes the B8850.
In page 1 of the review Vincent says:
"The specifications of the B8850 are slightly different to the B9180, for example the B8850 has fewer stepper motors to reduce the print head gap, this means it can't print on card media although it will print on smooth Fine Art media and canvas. it is also limited to in the area of self calibration, the 9180 offers greater accuaracy." and "Under the bonnet the B8850 has a basic closed-loop colour calibration system compared to the more advanced B9180. Having said that, in theory the 8850 should still produce excellent colur prints. The HP closed loop calibration process should not be confused with colour profiles. I have published a brief explanation of what it does below."
I am really keen to understand the differences in the closed loop self calibration system, and would welcome more information on how the two models differ, although ultimately the acheived output appearance is most important. I think the ability to print in card, etc., is less important to me.
So looking forward to more on the colour calibration side, and ultimate print quality...