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HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer
Need one printer for everything from photo enlargements to 12" x 12" scrapbook pages to documents? Check out the Photosmart B8550. It lets you print excellent quality photos in a wide range of sizes - all the way up to 13" x 19" - plus documents. The B8550 is easy to use and flexible. It can print photos in a variety of sizes, from 4x6 to 13" x 19", and you can review and enhance on the 2.4" color display. It also prints without a PC - just insert a compatible memory card, or print straight from a PictBridge-enabled camera. And take the guesswork out of your printing with our Auto Sense technology.

It offers high quality, affordable cost. You'll get consistently excellent results with our new 5-ink printing system, and you can skip the photo lab and enjoy the convenience of printing enlargements at home. Save money by replacing only the individual cartridges that run out, and enhance details with HP dual-drop technology, which produces extremely small ink drops.
  • Photo printer
  • Print technology: HP thermal inkjet
  • Black print speed: up to 32ppm
  • Color print speed: up to 31ppm
  • Black print resolution: up to 1200x1200dpi
  • Color print resolution: up to 1200x1200dpi
  • Duplex printing: manual (driver support provided)
  • Display: 2.4" LCD (color graphics)
  • Borderless printing: yes (up to 13" x 44")
  • Direct photo printing: yes (memory cards, PictBridge cameras)
  • Memory card support: Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital High Capacity card, xD-Picture Card
  • Memory: standard/maximum: 128MB
  • Real Life technologies: (front panel) auto red-eye removal, photo fix - contrast adjustment; (software) sharpening and SmartFocus
  • Supported paper sizes: main tray: letter, legal, tabloid, executive, 4x6, 4" x 12", 5x7, 8x10, 11" x 14", 12" x 12", B, 11" x 17", B+, 13" x 19", No. 10 envelopes; photo tray: 3.5 x 5, 4x6, 5x7
  • Paper handling: 125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet photo tray
  • Automatic paper-type sensor: yes
  • Wireless capability: optional, enabled with purchase of a hardware accessory
  • Connectivity: 1 USB, 1 PictBridge, 3 Memory card slots
  • Dimensions: 22.83"L x 15.31"W x 7.13"H
  • Weight: 16.7lbs
  • Supported operating systems: Windows Vista; Windows XP Home and Professional (SP1); Windows XP Professional x64 (SP1); Windows XP Professional x64 (SP2); Mac OS X v 10.4; Mac OS X v 10.5
  • ENERGY STAR qualified: yes
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HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer
 
3.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall this is an excellent printer

From someone that has struggled with printer interfaces from the days of DOS I was dreading getting yet another printer to struggle with. The worst part of setting up this unit was finding desk...Read complete review

From someone that has struggled with printer interfaces from the days of DOS I was dreading getting yet another printer to struggle with. The worst part of setting up this unit was finding desk space for it. The software configuration on my computer was very easy but took a while (maybe an hour). I've printed several images in various sizes and every one looks excellent. I do a lot of extreme macro shots and am very conscious of resolution in my images. These prints are phenomenal. Large format pictures eat ink fast. One (13X19) largely green print of a praying manits among leaves lowered the yellow tank by about 3/4! according to the nifty little program that displays the ink tank levels. I am using Windows XP, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6., the B8550 and another HP printer (for office functions) and everyone plays well together. I am still feeling my way through getting my monitor adjusted so that the color values I see on the monitor are what ends up being printed. A few images came out a little more vibrant than they were originally, but this is to be expected. For what I paid this is a BETTER THAN EXCELLENT value. Picture quality is excellent, speed is acceptable, ease of setup and use are excellent.

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Do not buy!!

Do not buy HP Photosmart printers if you want to print anything other then photos. Tried printing 20 business size envelopes. Jammed 14 times. HP support is no help. Recently purchased and now...Read complete review

Do not buy HP Photosmart printers if you want to print anything other then photos. Tried printing 20 business size envelopes. Jammed 14 times. HP support is no help. Recently purchased and now stuck with a piece of junk. Rating should be zero stars. Had an older model before I purchased this one which wasn't great for printing envelopes - would sometimes jam. I incorrectly assumed that a new model would work better.

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5.0

For Price... Excellent Value

By AnOldTechIllustrator

from TEXAS

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

I bought this printer because it could print larger than 8.5 wide paper. I've been doing a lot of work with old Sanborn Insurance Maps. (Early 1900 blueprint type drawings of cities for insurance companys to decide rates to charge.) The work involved was anywhere from printing one sheet of 11x17 up to printing and taping together posters of 8 (4x4) - 11x17 sheets to have larger views for modeling. Most of this work has been in black and white prints. All have been great. I also have 9 grandkids and a wall in our house full of photos. Any size and any colors and types... All Great. Would I recommend this printer... YES

 
4.0

Very Good

By gottaprint

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

I really like the printer. I use it mostly for 11 x 14's and 8.5 x 11 color graphics. Quality is really great. I do have to tweak my colors when printing. Yellows tend to print with too much magenta in it. same with the greens. A bright green tends to look more sage. The ink saturation is really great. I think hence that is why I have some color issues. I use a matte stock as well. i just go into the color options and minus saturation. For the price I think it is worth it. 2 issues. Many times changing the yellow in cartridge I get a error message saying there is something wrong with the yellow cartridge. This happened the first day I installed it and has happened several times for the past 9 months. You just have to do the steps a few times to get it rightly installed. sometime the paper catches on the corner on it's way out and if your not there it gets sucked back in the printer roller when the printer adjust its settings. I still would recommend it. Ink is costly i print until the color fades.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect prints

By starfire

from colorado

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

I was using the 8250 and wanted larger prints. The b8550 is great. The prints are perfect. The number of inks seems to make no difference in the excellence of the finished photos. Great price and works like a charm.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Do not buy!!

By snom

from MA

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

Do not buy HP Photosmart printers if you want to print anything other then photos. Tried printing 20 business size envelopes. Jammed 14 times. HP support is no help. Recently purchased and now stuck with a piece of junk. Rating should be zero stars. Had an older model before I purchased this one which wasn't great for printing envelopes - would sometimes jam. I incorrectly assumed that a new model would work better.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm goin broke!

By DonF

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

Been printing 12 x 30's, 11 x 14's and various other panoramic's since I got this maybe a couple weeks ago. Really great to be able to print the size photo's I'm doing. Not gonna say this is the best printer going cause it's the only 13" wide one I've tried. But it works good enought I ain't looking at any other's either. The folks at customer service and the store have been wonderful. B7H in New York is making a killing selling me rolls of photo paper and adorama selling me new camera equip to complement this printer. Like the way I can go into the print part and choose anysize print I want up to 13 x 44 and even make my own size's. Doing some 6.5 x 16's to use up paper I'd have thrown away. Hint, if you want to print 12 x 30 pano's, get 24" wide rolls; ya have to cut your own! And on the long photo's I remove the top tray, slide in a large manilla envelope and slide the paper in under it to keep it flat and make it feed right. Then put the top tray back and print, I'm gonin broke! Hate to say this but submitting this is the pitt's! You guy's should make it a bit harder to do! I've tried four time's now and haven't a clue what to do now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good But A Little Greedy

By Blueslander

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

I love the quality of the printing on my B8850; the images produced by this printer are amazing. In my business I create sinage and displays, and the large format works very well for that. I'm not particularly happy with the specialty media tray operation. I don't find it easy to load. It's bent a rather expensive 13 by 19 sheet loaded in the specialty media tray, I'm pretty sure due to improper loading. I also think that it would be more convenient if the main tray cover would be a little easier to open and close. My other issue is that I find it a little bit greedy when it comes to ink use, especially the black ink. The operation of the B8850 is very precise. For users who are willing to make accurate selections regarding type of paper, etc. in the printing options, the results will be very impressive.

 
1.0

junk

By larsan

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

This printer has been nothing but a problem from the start, you never know what mood it is going to be in. When it works, its great, but it is not consistent at all and now the print head is screwing up, cleaned but still don`t work. Seem hp doesen`t sell the print head. and oh surprise its just out of warranty. Its a pile of junk. I do photography and need something to WORK right !

 
4.0

B8550 poster printer

By Nick123456

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

Build and Print quality is excellent, speed it good and it truly prints on the large pages with no problem at all â€" but beware in the process it does eat through certain color inks (blue). Common issue of fighting the printer settings to ensure the printer uses the right paper tray - annoyingly it will often stop the printing and tell you that the paper sizes between the printer and the PC settings don’t match â€" but then not offer to help change the setting â€" or tell you the paper its actually has in it. The specification says can be operated wirelessly with additional HP hardware â€" but HP still can’t tell me what hardware to buy. I would however recommend this printer to anyone who wants to print on pages sizes greater than letter sizes â€" for the price its fantastic.

 
4.0

Photosmart 8550

By pjen

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

This is a really nice printer for the money. It is slower than what I am used to, but the quality of the prints is very good. The auto select for paper is rather limited, but so far I have not encountered any issues that were not easy to address and work around. I would recommend this printer to anyone needing an economical printer that turns out really excellent photos.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Pleased

By dcs3

from Undisclosed

Comments about HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer:

I am an amateur photographer and I exhibit and sell my work locally. I purchased this printer about six months ago in order to print enlargments at home. The features are basic but in keeping with the price. The printer's performance is slightly inconsistent; occasionally I have to reprint due to visible lines on a print, or for no apparant reason the printer will use excessive ink. Otherwise the print quality, especially on Premium Plus paper, is impressive. I definitely save money printing at home compared to using labs that would give me a comparable result. I did have to contact HP for help with installation, but their technicians were courteous and efficient, and we got the job done. Thank you, HP.

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