HP Photosmart B8550

HP Photosmart B8550 is a Inkjet Photo Printer features Up to 32 pages per minute for black-and-white draft-quality letters; 95 seconds for 13 x 19-inch color photos; 125-sheet tray holds paper from 4 x 6-inches to 13 x 19-inches; 2.4-in LCD; Borderless printing: (up to 13 x 44 in; 330 x 1117 mm); Memory card support Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital High Capacity Card, xD-Picture Card; USB, PictBridge, 3 Memory card slots. The HP Photosmart B8550 measures 22.83 x 15.31 x 7.13 in (W x D x H) and weighs 16.7 lb.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

HP Photosmart B8550 Reviews

Printerinfo reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“The B8850 turned in a creditable performance overall, with good looking, sharp prints with accurate color. But it was somewhat noisy while doing so; there is a lot of clanking and thumping from the printer itself while printing. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Expertreviews reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“The B8550 uses the same five-ink tank/four-colour print system as the All-in-One, and both photographic and text prints were identical in quality. Photos are vibrant and crammed with detail, with only slight graininess in areas that contain subtle gradations of tone.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ShutterBug reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“HP has an interesting offering with the Photosmart B8550. Ideally suited to mixed use with text and photos, it is a good solution for someone looking for a single printer for all uses. The 13×19” size will appeal to many, especially scrapbook aficionados that need to print on 12×12” papers.”
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ITreviews reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“A 15 x 10cm colour print took 1 minute and 35 seconds while an A3+ print took a reasonable 3 minutes and 25 seconds. As you might expect, the quality of photos is first rate, with accurately saturated colours, while text was smooth and strong.”
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Trustedreviews reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“The quality of the prints coming out of the Photosmart B8550 is generally very good, as you would expect from HP. Black text print is clean, with no visible feathering and generally smooth characters. Areas of colour on plain paper are strong, though yellow looks a little muddy.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“As I mentioned at the start of this review, print quality from the HP Photosmart B8550 was surprisingly good for a four-color printer. Using Printer Managed Color, the output tends a little towards the saturated side, especially with greens. Images are also about 1 stop darker than what I have on screen and what I see when printing using Application Managed Color. Print speed is very good with a 13×19 borderless print taking less than six minutes.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“The relatively low text quality may seem to take a little of the shine off of the B8550, but keep in mind that it’s designed as a near-dedicated photo printer. It even installs with default driver settings for printing photos on photo paper. In that context, being able to work as a standard printer, and indeed print text documents at all, is a bonus. The simple truth is that the combination of photo quality, speed, and large-format printing makes the B8550 an exceptional photo printer for the price.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Imaging-resource reviews the HP Photosmart B8550 and writes;
“The exciting thing about the lightweight, compact HP B8550 13×19 printer is that it makes large prints a reality in your home or small office for just $300 (and probably a good deal less once it hits the street). It makes compromises to get there, but we found them all reasonable ones — and they really didn’t affect the quality of the images we printed. Which were stunning.”
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User Opinions

HP Photosmart B8550 User Reviews

How I dealt with the borderless photo cropping problem, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Print quality. I was completely amazed by the print quality of this printer, as everyone else has said. Once I’d printed out my first 4×6, I paraded it around the house, showing people and making sure I wasn’t imagining how clear and sharp it was…” – by Chris D

WOW! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I set the paper selection to “HP Advanced Photo Paper” and the print was perfect. Then I re-tried my HP Premium Photo Paper with the same “Advanced” setting and results were also perfect. I have since used “HP Premium Plus Photo and Proofing Gloss” paper (another one NOT listed) with the same “Advanced” setting and the results were also gorgeous…” – by John F. Ross

A lot of bang for the buck, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“13×19 prints have exceeded my expectations. One caveat: I do all of my photo printing from Qimage, a printing utility with some very sophisticated interpolation algorithms. When you’re printing large, it can make a noticeable difference…” – by Owen Glendower

There is no reason to do any other research on 13X19 printers., | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is definitely the printer for the home user that wants “beautiful” 13X19 and smaller prints. Pro-sumers may seek more a more feature packed printer for their needs. Home users…”you do not need all of the extra features”. Aside from that, the printer “almost” looks like it was designed by Apple. Very nice.” – by CP

Excellent Product, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Purchased the printer for the sole purpose of printing on large sized paper. The print quality is excellent. I have a mac and the only confusing thing in iphoto is choosing the correct sized paper and remembering to make sure the correct tray is selected. Otherwise very happy with my purchase. Haven’t printed enough photos yet to comment on how long the ink lasts.” – by Stephanie E. Sparrow

Best Wide-Format For The Money, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve found that HP’s own color control standards, as well as others that I can use with this printer, including Adobe RGB, along with application directed controls from programs like Corel’s Print Shop Pro Photo, really cover the gambit for me, and I would imagine most other users as well. “ – by T. Bass

Simply Amazing, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I choose this printer after reading the reviews on here, because of the 13 x 19 capability and because it had the memory card slots. I was simply amazed by the quality of the pictures and speed of the printer. I was able to shoot show the image and then print, no editing, straight from camera to print. I got the WOW effect quite a bit. I’ve printed 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10 so far and every print was of the highest quality.” – by Walter Tello

HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet printer, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a good printer but it drinks ink as if it’s in a fish pond. Make sure you place the print on normal or every print will print as BEST and your ink will flow. Recommend if you do large prints.” – by Johnathan Samuels


HP Photosmart B8550 Brochure & User Guide

HP Photosmart B8550 User Guide

Features & Specifications

HP Photosmart B8550 Features

The HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer makes it easy to produce lab-quality photos as large as 13 x 19-inches at home. Enjoy the versatility of printing from your computer, from a supported memory card, or directly from your PictBridge enabled camera. And because this Photosmart printer also produces laser-quality text, you can rely on it for all your printing needs.

Print Directly From Cameras and Memory Cards
Printing photos and enlargements at home is convenient and cost-effective. The HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer offers several printing options. With a 2.4-inch color LCD display, you can review, select, and enhance photos without the use of your computer. It features 15 convenient buttons that let you zoom-in to check out details before you print and perform quick editing tasks. With special HP technology, red eye reduction is as easy as pushing a single button, and the printer’s four LED indicators let you know if anything needs your attention before you start printing.

Dedicated slots let you print directly from a variety of common memory cards, including Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCards, and xD-Picture Cards. You can also print right from any PictBridge enabled camera or computer using one of the printer’s high-speed USB connections. This printer also supports wireless operation with the use of HP Blue tooth adapters (not included).

Print Almost Anything, Fast
The 125-sheet main tray holds paper from 4 x 6-inches to 13 x 19-inches, including envelopes, standard letter paper, and legal-sized paper. A specialized tray makes it easy to load paper in three common photo sizes–3.5 x 5-inches, 4 x 6-inches, and 5 x 7-inches. Additionally, borderless printing is supported for prints up to 13 x 44-inches.

Document printing is fast, at up to 32 pages per minute for black-and-white draft-quality letters and 31 pages per minute for color draft-quality letters. Unlike with some multi-use printers, photo printing is quick, too. A 13 x 19-inch color photo may be finished printing in as little as 95 seconds.

Innovative Technology for Quality and Reliability
Four HP 564 dye-ink cartridges in cyan, magenta, yellow, and photo black provide vivid color images and high-quality black-and-white photos. For laser-quality black text on paper, a fifth cartridge contains black pigment ink. Combined with Advanced Photo Paper, these Vivera inks offer instant-dry, smudge-resistant photos. Plus, with the five-ink system, you only have to replace the cartridges you need, saving you money.

There’s plenty of innovative technology behind HP’s photo printers. Unique Auto Sense technology uses optical sensors to optimize settings based on what type of paper you are using. And when printing begins, dual-drop volume technology means the specialized print head delivers extremely small drops, allowing detailed images to contain smooth transitions.

When you select the “best” print quality option for color or black and white, this Photosmart printer prints up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. For photographs, it can render images with up to 9600 x 2400-optimized dpi color (when printing from a computer on selected HP photo papers and with 1200-input dpi).

This HP Photosmart printer is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty and one-year of technical phone support.

What’s in the Box
HP Photosmart B8550, Printhead Assembly, HP 564 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Photo Black Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Cyan Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Magenta Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Yellow Ink Cartridge, power cord, Software CD, Photo media sample pack, Start Here Poster, User Guide, and Creative Projects Guide.

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