Hewlett Packard Company - 1/15/2008
HP Expands Professional Photo Printer Offerings for Advanced Amateur
San Francisco, Jan. 15, 2008 - HP today unveiled at Macworld Expo the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo
Printer, rounding out the company’s growing portfolio of printing solutions for the advanced amateur market.
The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer enables photographers to create and publish professional-quality
portraits, landscapes, marketing collateral and other image-rich materials and features several technological
advancements to ensure outstanding performance and brilliant, predictable color.
Breakthroughs in color management
The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer contains several color management advancements that simplify
the printing experience. The printer is seamlessly integrated with Adobe Photoshop® CS3, enabling users to
print directly from their preferred workflow. The choice is then automatically synchronized with the color
management setting, eliminating issues associated with “double color management.” This technology also is
available in a free software download for the award-winning HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer.
"HP played an instrumental role in our development of the improved printing experience of Adobe Photoshop
CS3," said Kevin Connor, senior director of product management, Professional Digital Imaging, Adobe. "Thanks
to design input from HP, creative professionals can generate their prints more quickly and easily, while taking
advantage of color controls and a unified printing interface that help provide predictable and consistent prints."
Additional advancements that ensure consistent color and superior gallery-quality prints include Electrostatic
Drop Detection and closed-loop calibration. The Electrostatic Drop Detection printhead management system
efficiently self-monitors and self-cleans to keep the printer in top condition while minimizing waste by cleaning
only the individual print nozzles that require attention. Closed-loop calibration automatically adjusts print settings
to maintain color consistency.
Precise, long-lasting color with HP Vivera pigment inks
An exclusive at this price, the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer offers truly neutral black-and-white
printing with individual HP Vivera pigment inks – including photo black, matte black and light gray – eliminating
the need to swap out cartridges to print in matte or gloss.
HP’s high-capacity Vivera pigment inks are formulated with exclusive pigment dispersion Electrosteric
Encapsulation Technology, offering an extensive palette of life-like colors, deep rich blacks and true neutral
grays for fast-drying, color-stable, water-resistant photos with exceptional fade resistance for more than 200
years.(1) To learn more about HP photo permanence and durability and to experience a visual demonstration of
HP’s light fade simulator, visit www.hp.com/go/printpermanence.
Media variety for professional prints
The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer allows photographers to print creative content the way they want
on a wide assortment of media, including HP Advanced Photo Paper, and digital fine art media up to 0.7-mm
thick, including canvas and fiber-gloss, for professional, color-accurate prints with exceptional image quality
and durability that maintain color integrity and resist fading for generations.
The media portfolio includes HP Hahnemühle Smooth Fine Art Paper, HP Hahnemühle Watercolor Paper, HP
Aquarella Art Paper, HP Artist Matte Canvas and HP Professional Satin Photo Paper for brilliant prints up to
13 x 19 inches in as fast as 90 seconds.
Commitment to compatibility
HP is dedicated to overall customer experience and offers full-featured Mac driver support for more than 1,000
HP models across all HP product lines. Furthering this commitment, the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer
is Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard compatible out of the box. In addition, the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer
is compatible with Mac OS X v10.3.9 or higher; G4, G5 and Intel® Core.
Additional information about Mac support for the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer is available at www.hp.
com/go/mac. The HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer is expected to be available for purchase in North
America in April for $549.(3)
Backed by HP Total Care
HP offers a comprehensive support package for the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 Photo Printer that includes a
one-year limited hardware warranty backed by HP Customer Care, service and support and one-year technical
With HP Total Care, customers can depend on award-winning service, advice, learning and convenient support,
including eSupport options such as printer diagnostics and software driver updates; the ability to chat real time
with a support agent; 24x7 toll-free technical support in both English and Spanish; and, email responses in as fast
as one hour.
HP’s Customer Care program provides assistance with installation and ongoing user support to ensure a great
product experience. Support information is available at www.hp.com/cposupport.