I've done quite a bit of research and I've pretty much decided to get the Photosmart Pro B9180. for my budget and needs, it seems to be near perfect.
the problem is that the B9180 is not available in Hong Kong even though it is available in China.
but the B9180 costs much more than the Photosmart 8750 and to me, that indicates that it's probably a better printer even though HP touts the 9-ink system used by the 8750 as being superior to the 8-ink system used by the B9180. additionally, the B9180 has a hardware calibration system builtin to keep the colours constant.
has anyone compared the two models? does anyone have an educated opinion about either of these printers?
after reading as much as I can, instinct tells me that the B9180 would be better for me than the 8750.
Hong Kong is having problems with regards to high quality printers. We can't get the iPF5000, or the Epson 3800, or the HP B9180, or apparently even the new HP Z printers!! apparently, there is no market here for professional photo printers. only a market for low cost, high reusables cost, consumer-level printers.
P.S. I can get the B9180 via a friend who visits China on a regular basis but there's always going to be a little inconvenience with having a printer without local support or warranty so I'd like to be sure about the differences between the 8750 and the 9180 before buying one.