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HP 8750 a nine ink A3 printer

Two new professional printers from HP.

HP invited a small group of journalists over to Dublin to see their new range of products. The two items that caught my eye were the Photosmart HP 8750 A3 printer and the DesignJet 90 (more about this in a couple of days. The 8750 uses HP's new Vivera 9 ink system, which is claimed to give neutral monochrome prints and rich colours. I had the chance to put our photo-i test chart through the printer, but as this was not fully controlled by my own test procedures, I will refrain from making too many comments, only to say that the prints look very promising.

The advantage of Nine ink printing

The HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer uses nine HP Vivera Inks in three cartridges, including the new HP 101 Blue Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge, to provide image quality improvements that photographers will appreciate. Not only does the new printer reproduce substantially more of the sRGB color space (the standard used in most digital cameras and monitors), but the blue hues in common photo subjects are richer and deeper than ever, especially in the mid-tones, where the impact is especially stunning. The nine proprietary inks provide extraordinary printed image detail in contrasting colors and shadows, an extensive range of light and dark shades in every color, and truly neutral grays and blacks.

The new HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer comes with three inkjet print cartridges, which are filled with HP Vivera Inks for a combination of image quality and fade resistance.

  • The HP 101 Blue Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge contains light cyan, light magenta, and a new blue ink.
  • The HP 97 Tri-Color Inkjet Print Cartridge1 contains cyan, magenta, and yellow inks.
  • The HP 102 Gray Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge2 contains dark gray, light gray, and photo black inks.

Most photo printing tasks should be performed with these cartridges, but some specialized tasks are best performed with other cartridges, sold separately – see the table above.

HP's eight-ink printers also use three print cartridges – photo, tri-color, and gray photo. In this arrangement, all three print cartridges have three chambers, but both the photo and gray photo print cartridges contain a black ink, so the system uses eight unique colors.

For nine-ink printing, the HP 101 Blue Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge replaces the photo print cartridge. Both these print cartridges contain light cyan and light magenta inks, but the HP 101 has a new blue ink in place of the black ink in the photo cartridge. So the main difference between these cartridges, and between eight- and nine-ink printing, is the new blue HP Vivera ink.

Why Blue?

In designing the new printing system in the HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer, the goal of HP’s color scientists, chemists, and engineers was to use nine inks in the most effective way to expand the printer’s gamut of colors. The printer’s color gamut is the set of all colors it can reproduce, and it is often represented in a three-dimensional space where the axes are hue (color value), saturation (the purity of the color), and luminescence (the brightness or darkness of the color). HP’s goal is to make the printer’s color gamut more closely match the sRGB color space, which is the color model used by most consumer digital cameras and monitors to record and display images. In reds and greens, the HP eight-ink color gamut already surpasses traditional silver-halide photo prints. But the sRGB color space extends further into the blues than eight-ink printing can reproduce. The obvious opportunity for improving the color gamut was to develop a new, specially formulated blue ink. With nine-ink printing and the HP 101 Blue Photo Inkjet Print Cartridge, HP has met the goal to extend the color gamut to more closely match the sRGB color space. The bottom line: with HP's nine-ink technology you can print more of the vivid colors you see in the world and capture with your digital camera.

Nine-ink printing with the HP 101 Blue Photo Inkjet print cartridge provides up to 25% more blue chroma than eight-ink printing3. The improvement is obvious in any photo print with intense blues. Outdoor photography enthusiasts will be impressed by the vivid blues in their landscapes, seascapes, and sports photos. Blues will be better on any paper, but the best results will be obtained on HP Premium and Premium Plus photo papers.

The new Vivera cartridges - not sure where the 344 fits
Three slots for 9 inks
A3 to 6x4 inch media can be accommodated
Control panel lacks image preview
A4 media can be loaded through the top tray
Sophie puts in an appearance


A few sample prints

Good colours throughout
Some of HP's happy users
Excellent attention to detail
Makes you wish summer was here
Test print using 8 inks
Test print with 9 colours

The preview prints are displaying vivid colours throughout, especially on the 9 ink prints. Look at the extra subtlety in Sophie's skin tones and the rich blues. I am looking forward to fully testing this printer at the earliest opportunity. As I said earlier, I am holding back on showing close up details, this is due to not having my original - non-jpeged files for the test.


The HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer is designed for the professional, fine art, portrait and serious amateur photographer who wants finished, professional-quality photos to sell, exhibit or admire for generations.(1) The HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printer produces nine-ink prints up to 13 x 19-inches with color management tools and remarkable printer flexibility to produce realistic color and true black-and-white photos with neutral grays.


  • Long-lasting color and black-and-white photos with high contrast and accurate skin tones in nine-ink color with HP Vivera Inks.
  • Black-and-white photos with neutral grays and deep blacks, high contrast and smooth transitions.
  • Extended color palette includes enhanced blue hues for more realistic skies and landscapes.
  • True-to-life photos that resist fading longer than lab-developed photos.
  • Photos will last more than 100 years displayed under glass or more than 200 years when stored in a photo album.
  • Convenient multi-size paper trays for fast, professional-quality photos – with or without borders – in sizes ranging from 4 x 6-inch, up to 13 x 19-inch and 8.5 x 24-inch panorama, adding greater versatility to photo printing capabilities.
  • Professional-color tools that connect seamlessly to Adobe Photoshop® applications to produce images that match users’ visions.
  • Print gallery-quality colour or black & white photos, with or without borders, up to A3+. Print the longest lasting photos¹ with the look and feel of traditional photos. Print via front and rear input trays, plus bypass tray for one-off prints.
  • Use tools that connect seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop to print rich colours compatible with Adobe RGB and sRGB. Reproduce a wide gamut of colours – enhanced blue hues with HP Blue Photo cartridge, tone neutrality with HP Grey Photo inks.
  • Share between up to five computers via built-in Ethernet, or connect to a wireless router. Use front USB to print from PictBridge-enabled cameras or use memory card slots –CompactFlash™, SD/MMC, Memory Stick, xD – for on-the-spot customer proofs.

Additional Features

  • Built-in Ethernet connectivity enables convenient network sharing and wireless printing with Macs and PCs.
  • Convenient memory card slots – CompactFlash, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, SmartMedia, Memory Stick and XD-Picture Card – and front USB port for connecting to PictBridge-enabled digital cameras allow users to print directly from their cameras.
  • Index photo proofing from memory card for quick and convenient photo referencing. Technical specifications
  • Nine-ink printing: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Blue, Light Grey, Dark Grey and Black
  • 4800-optimized dpi
  • 13 x 19-inch photos print in as fast as three and a half minutes when printing from a computer
  • 4 x 6-inch photos print in as fast as 29 seconds when printing from a computer
  • 80-sheet input tray, 5-sheet bypass tray, single-sheet rear feed slot for straight-through paper path
  • Direct Adobe RGB and sRGB support, ICC color management, application-based color management, and sliders for manual color adjustments
  • Supports Exif Print 2.2 and Adobe RGB
  • Dimensions/Weight o 8”(h) x 25.3”(w) x 15.7”(d) o 26 lbs.
  • Support/Connectivity o USB-connect and Ethernet to PC or Mac o Microsoft Windows® 98, Me, 2000, XP o Mac OS X v 10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
  • HP offers a comprehensive support package for the HP Photosmart 8750 Professional Photo Printers that includes one-year of phone support as well as real-time chat and email support beyond the warranty as part of its HP Total Care portfolio of services.
  • Design for Privacy gives customers better control over their personal information and educates them on the privacy implications of using different software applications. It provides additional levels of notice and choice to customers regarding the types of data they share and the kind of interaction they wish to have with HP.
Print technology
HP Thermal Inkjet
Colour Printing Technology
HP Photoret Pro precision technology
Print Head Nozzles
1800 colour ink nozzles, 21 kHz maximum firing frequency
Print Quality (Colour, Best Quality)
HP Photoret Pro precision technology using 9 HP Vivera inks, including 3 grayscale inks; up to 4800 x 1200-optimised dpi colour and 1200-input dpi
Print Speed (Black, Best Quality, A4)
Up to 0.9 ppm
Print Speed (Black, Draft Quality, A4)
Up to 19 ppm
Print Speed (Colour, Best Quality, A4)
Up to 0.9 ppm
Print Speed (Colour, Draft Quality, A4)
Up to 18 ppm
Print Speed (Colour Photo, Best Quality) on Photo Paper
As fast as X min XX secs (strange times - Vincent)
Print Speed (Colour Photo, Draft Quality) on Photo Paper
As fast as 29 secs
Print Speed (Colour Photo, Normal Quality) on Photo Paper
As fast as X min XX secs
Print Speed Footnote
Dependent upon type, print mode, and approximate figures. Exact speed will vary depending on the system configuration, software program, and document complexity.
Photo Printing and Smart Features
Software Included
HP Image Zone software for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh with HP Instant Share
Standard Paper Trays
1 (with 5-sheet bypass tray, single-sheet rear feed slot)
Maximum Number of Paper Trays
1 (with 5-sheet bypass tray, single-sheet rear feed slot)
recommended media
Photo paper (glossy, satin, matte), plain paper, coated paper, brochure paper and film, transparencies, banners, iron-on transfer media
Custom Media Sizes
77 x 127 to 330 x 483 mm
Standard Media Sizes
Paper: A3 297 x 420 mm, A4 210 x 297 mm, A5 148 x 210 mm, B5 176 x 250 mm, banner: A4 210 x 297 mm, transparencies: A4 210 x 297 mm, envelopes: DL 220 x 110 mm, C6 114 x 162 mm, cards: A6 105 x 148 mm, labels: A4 210 x 297 mm, photo paper: A4 210 x 297 mm, panorama 10 x 30 cm, 13 x 18 cm, 10 x 15 cm (with or without tear-off/cut-off tab)
recommended media weight
60 to 90 g/m², HP photo media up to 280 g/m²
Maximum Input Capacity
Up to 80
Maximum Input Capacity for Banners
Up to 20
Maximum Input Capacity for Cards
Up to 30
Maximum Input Capacity for Envelopes
Up to 10
Maximum Input Capacity for Transparencies
Up to 25
Standard Output Capacity
Up to 80
Duplex Print Options
Standard Memory
64 MB
pages per month
Other technical information
Compatible Operating Systems
Microsoft® Windows® 98, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and XP Professional, Mac OS X v 10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
Network Capabilities
Built-in Ethernet or optional Wi-Fi 802.11b or g wireless with purchase of optional HP Jetdirect accessory
Compatible Network Operating Systems
Built-in Ethernet port: Microsoft® Windows® 98, Me, 2000, XP (TCP/IP); Macintosh OS X and later (Ethertalk)
Standard Connectivity
1 USB - compatible with USB 2.0 specifications, 1 Ethernet, 1 PictBridge, 4 memory card slots
Optional Connectivity
HP Jetdirect ew2400 802.11g Wireless Print Server J7951A, HP Jetdirect 380x 802.11b Wireless Print Server J6061A, HP bt300 Bluetooth Wireless Printer Adapter Q3395A
Minimum System Requirements
For all systems: 4x CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit colour), USB port and USB cable (not included), Adobe® Acrobat® 5 or higher recommended, Internet access recommended; networking features require a working Ethernet or wireless 802.11b/g network; for PC systems: Pentium® II (or equivalent) or greater, 64 MB RAM (256 MB recommended), 600 MB free hard disk space (2 GB recommended), Microsoft® Windows® 98, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home, or XP Professional, Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.5; for Mac systems: G3 processor or greater, 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended), 500 MB free hard disk space, Mac OS X v 10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
Minumum System Requirements for Macintosh
4x CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit colour), USB port and USB cable (not included), Adobe® Acrobat® 5 or higher recommended, Internet access recommended; networking features require a working ethernet or wireless 802.11b/g network; G3 processor or greater, 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended), 500 MB free hard disk space, Mac OS X v 10.1.5, 10.2, 10.3
Standard Printer Languages
Acoustic Power Emissions
4,9 B(A)
Dimensions (w x d x h)
643 x 399 x 204 mm
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H)
700 x 500 x 304 mm
13 kg
Package Weight
15 kg
Power consumption
83 watts maximum, 4 watts when idle, below 1 watt when off
power supply type
Power Requirements
Input voltage 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz), external
Operating Humidity Range
5 to 95% RH
Recommended Operating Temperature Range
15 to 45° C
Non-Operating Humidity
5 to 95% RH
Recommended Humidity Operating Range
20 to 80% RH
Electromagnetic Compatibility
FCC Title 47 CFR, Part 15 Class B; EN 55022: 1998 +A1:2000 + A2:2003; EN55024: 1998 +A1:2001 + A2:2003; CISPR 22:1997 +A1:2000 + A2:2002 ; CISPR 24: 1997; GB9254; GB17625.1
IEC 60950:1999 3rd ed. ; IEC 60950-1:2001; EN 60950:2000 ; EN60950-1; 2001 ; UL 60950/CSA22.2 No. 60950: 1995; NOM 019-SFCI-1993; GB4943: 2001
Energy Star Certified
One-year limited hardware warranty backed by HP service and support (Warranties may vary in European countries where legal requirements require a longer warranty period).


Read the Wilhelm research document on the HP 8750 and Vivera inks



14 June, 2005

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