Multifunctional devices offer fantastic value for money, none more so than the HP C3180 inkjet printer that costs the same price as some standalone printers. The all-in-one device has excellent print and scanner resolutions, it also allows you to connect directly with the printer, saving you the time and hassle of having to boot up the computer. Aimed at the home market, the HP Photosmart C3180 is the perfect solution for anyone who wants a quality all-in-one on a budget.
The C3180's gloss white and grey finish doesn't stand out from the crowd, and looks like any other all-in-one on the market. However, it's fairly compact which is ideal if you're limited for space. The top of the printer has a basic screen and a range of helpful function buttons. There is also a memory card drive but annoyingly doesn't support PictBridge. The printer itself is user-friendly and replacing the HP C3180 cartridges is simple.
As far as print speeds go, the HP C3180 is fairly rapid. There aren't many multifunctional inkjet devices on the market that can match 11 pages per minute for text documents. The scanner is equally impressive producing high-resolution, realistic results at fairly fast speeds. The option to insert memory cards directly into the printer is great touch and incredibly efficient, simply pop your card into the reader, select the image and the number of copies you wish to print and click go.
The main problem with the HP C3180 is photographic print quality, which appeared slightly granulated and lacked clarity. This issue will only really affect those of you who are looking to print high-resolution photos which can be overcome by using HP's quality photographic paper. It would have been a nice added touch if HP were to include WiFi as connecting with a single USB cable may be an issue for families with more than one computer.