The color gamut of the B9180 is smaller than that of Epson K3, and I find the build quality of the printer to be pretty poor. I also can't buy ink for the bloody thing! Isn't this business all about selling ink & paper?
The Epson 3800 would be my suggestion, especially if you do any amount of B&W. The Advanced B&W option in the driver rivals anything I've seen coming out of the B9180 (or the Z2100 for that matter).
Yes the ink supply leaves egg on the face! Green eggs and ham Sam I am.
This should be fully remedied in the next three weeks.
The HP pigments in the 8 colour inks are narrower in the shadows, and in the lights have some areas less saturated than Epson K3 but some areas with more light saturated such as greens for leaves and grass, sky blues, azure water etc. So it's not quite right to say globally a smaller gamut , but better to qualify. The choice of double or triple the lightfastness was a choice the restricts the gamut with the 8 ink set. Will Epson go for gamut or for lightfastness for the next series ? Probably gamut, but you may know more than me.
I couldn't be happier about the design of the 9180. The QA is not up to snuff , but the build quality design wise is exactly waht I like in a printer. Nothing superflou , simple and robust.
Yet the optical features and built in calibration largerly pass any other printer in it's range.
I actually would have preferred a Z series to be like the 9180 but oh well. Maybe the 9180 should grow up fast!