Photosmart 8450 Inkjet Printer (20 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Color, 64MB, PC/Mac) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Hp (hewlett-packard)
Model: Q3388A
Printer Type: Thermal Inkjet
: Number of User Reviews: 7

Reviewed by: ryanbrancel from WI on Mar 30, 2005

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Improved LCD screen, displays pictures faster & sharper. Accepts optional duplexer to print on both sides. Photo prints show greater detail compared to previous 7960. Fast printing. Network support.

Weaknesses: Still a large footprint, would like to see this improved. 4x6 photo prints via photo tray show "track" marks, same problem as 7960. Not too noticeable though.

Summary: Improvements have been made compared to the previous model 7960. More internal memory helps to manage photos quicker when using as a standalone. Pricing has become more affordable on this model. It started out as $299 MSRP, then dropped shortly thereafter to $249. Also a $50 Rebate by purchasing a digital camera. New Vivera inks promise to last longer (don't buy generic ink). Online photo printing services are cheaper for 4x6, however convenience is nice. Does excellent borderless 8x10s for less cost than photo studio. This printer uses more power than previous models, however still quiet. Easy to use via printer. Software bloat might annoy some people.

Reviewed by: vellste on Oct 30, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: High quality results, better than my older photosmart printer. Network capability, borderless printing, multiple card reader, LCD screen saver.

Weaknesses: Doesn't come with two sided duplex printing cartridge. A bit slow changing screens during the Instant Share menus.

Summary: I've always owned and liked HP printers but this one has more features and better print quality than any of the others I've owned. The LCD screen, navigation and editing buttons, speed and quietness are a big improvement. Highly recommend this printer if you're in to photo printing.

Reviewed by: robinsonmi from CA on Feb 14, 2005


Strengths: Network connectivity, photo print quality, 2.5" LCD display, ease of setup

Weaknesses: Inks and special photo paper (like most inkjets) will be costly to replace.

Summary: Either text or photos the print quality is excellent! My pictures look like they're from a 35mm camera. This printer is VERY quiet.

I replaced my Epson C84 with the HP8450 and it was an excellent decision. Much better build quality and features. Setup was simple with both my home desktop via USB cable and with my laptop via ethernet connection to my wireless LAN router. The software setup effortlessly through firewalls and it had no problem with my WPA encryption setups. On-printer picture management is also easy to navigate.

One feature I really found neat was my ability to add an SD memory card into the printer and then access all the files on the card via my laptop or my desktop.

This printer is highly recommended...

Reviewed by: paxetjustia1 from IL on Jan 9, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Beautiful printing; decent speed (specs state 20 ppm for color printing); sharp-looking machine

Weaknesses: A smaller profile would have been preferred (the 8450 is a bit bigger than the 8150); inkjet cartridges -- always -- are pricey.

Summary: I originally was thinking of picking up a printer to handle 4" X 6" prints. That thought lasted about 10 seconds, because it simply was not cost-effective to pay good money for a printer essentially limited to that function. Well worth the extra cash is a printer like this that, in addition to 4" X 6" photos, can handle 8" X 10" and other size photos and double as a back-up printer. And, although inkjet cartridges can be expensive, the photo printing at your local store is not always cheap (at least in terms of the printed image areas you receive).

The photo printing quality of the HP Photosmart 8450 is superb, and prints at a nice speed. Supposedly the new Vivera inks add 15 to 20 years to the life of eight-color ink prints when used in conjunction with HP's new high-end Premium Plus photo paper. I have yet to use the HP Premium Plus photo paper, but if the durability with that photo paper product approximates the quality of the photos I've printed thus far, HP has a double-winner.

The 8450 also performs marvelously as a back-up (non-photo) printer, so high marks there as well. Looks like HP has a winner here.

Reviewed by: eshadow from OH on Jan 1, 2005

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: fast printing, good quality, boardless printing

Weaknesses: Ink is consumed fast

Summary: I bought this with 100 rebate and pricematch, so the final price is dirty. This printer is really good. I like it very much, so I sold my almost new-bought cx6600 for this one. It's a right decision.

Reviewed by: MROBERTS3K from MO on Jan 17, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: This printer prints excellant quality photo prints. I've owned 3 HP photosmart printers and they have all out performed an Epson and Cannons that I've owned. The networking capability is great too.

Weaknesses: None that I can think of. A little bit bigger, but prints 8x10 prints and has two paper trays and memory card input slots so this does call for a bigger chasis.

Summary: The price is great. The quality is top notch. Easy to use. Separate print tanks. Much lower price than the Cannon i9000 series I contemplated purchasing. Set up for Windows XP pro was a breeze. Communcation across my network with Window Media Center and Windows XP home operating systems on other pc's had no problems. I've had no problem with software glitches with my HP photsmart psc2510xi working on my network as well. (another great combo product & wirless). I totally recommned both units.

Reviewed by: aimansh from CT on Apr 28, 2005

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: photo print quality, larfge LCD display

Weaknesses: high ink consumption and ink replacement will be costly (like all other photo printers!)

Summary: I had an HP photosmart 145 small photo printer (prints on 4X6 photo) and was very happy with the quality of the photos so I decided to get another HP photo printer that will let me print bigger photos. setup was very easy. the printer and software are user friendly. it has a large LCD display and card slots so you can print directly from the memory card without a computer. other than ink cost (which I still haven't needed to replace) I am pretty pleased with this printer, photo quality is excellent

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