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HP DeskJet 5850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews of HP DeskJet 5850. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Opinions about the design and price are on the whole positive. The noise and performance are also appreciated. Views about the size and durability are different. The multifunction and paper handling get critical opinions.

usability, performance, noise, price, design

paper handling, multifunction

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP DeskJet 5850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for HP DeskJet 5850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of HP DeskJet 5850 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the size and design. The print quality and performance are also appreciated, whereas the reliability and noise get less positive reviews.

usability, performance, print quality, design, size

durability, noise, reliability

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP DeskJet 5850 Colour Inkjet PrinterHP DeskJet 5850 Colour Inkjet Printer

Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for HP DeskJet 5850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 user reviews of HP DeskJet 5850 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and price. The noise and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the durability, and the paper handling and size get critical views.

usability, performance, noise, price, print quality

size, paper handling

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP DeskJet 5850 Color PrinterHP DeskJet 5850 Color Printer

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: (

DeskJet 5850 Inkjet Printer


The Deskjet 5850 is designed to serve equally well as a small-office printer or as a photo lab in a networked home.

The 5850 makes sense for networked homes and workgroups that want to print high-quality photos, but the slightly coarse text it produces won't match the output of a monochrome laser for business correspondence

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Dan Littman (

HP DESKJET 5850 (HP (Hewlett-Packard)-C8975AA2L)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Jeffrey Fuchs (

HP Deskjet 5850 review


HP Deskjet 5850

Wireless- or Ethernet-network ready; easy to set up; prints beautiful photographs.

Slow; expensive; plain-paper text is of middling quality.

This well-designed, wireless-network inkjet handles all the printing needs of a very small office.

Dec, 2003

Expert review by: (

HP - DeskJet 5850


HP's inkjet printers have lost some of their house style and each range now has a distinctly different look. The DeskJet 5850 has a steeply curved front and smoked acrylic cover, so you can see printing ...

For a touch over 150, this is a very versatile, duplexing inkjet printer. It's particularly handy if you run a home network and even more so if you also have a notebook with a wireless adapter. The DeskJet 5850 produces clear text and very serviceable...

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: N/A (

Easy setup


THis printer is great right out of the box. Set up is a breeze on Winxp machines. I have 2 win xp machines and 1 win 98 machine on both wired and wireless networks. The printer saw the wireless network right away and after an hour all of the computers...

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: Garyk (

HP deskjet 5850 21 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi Wireless InkJet Personal Color Printer


This printer is fast and has really nice output. I did have some trouble with the installation. Here are some hints If you purchase an older HP product like a scanner, be sure to install the older product onto your computer first. The installers for...

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: N/A (

Better than Average


Had software install problems. This printer is not a pnp device! Talked with HP and they helped me get it going. Fast printer!! Even with the install issues, it was worth it.

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: jaymz13 (

Linux loves it!


Finally, a universal printer! Works perfectly with everything I have. Windows, Mac, and Linux (Fedora) all print brilliantly. The wireless took a little manipulating but after reading the instructions I got it working. Fast, razor sharp images, works...

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: corgi1 (

The perfect printer for a home network


My old Deskjet 930C died and I decided that I wanted a new inkjet with built-in network connection. Looked at the Epson C84n but the network capability is an add-on print server device bundled with a C84 printer. Then I saw the HP 5850. This printer is...

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: bullelk (

Great printer!!! Oh, and NewEgg ROCKS!


Not sure why the other person had problems but the printer works great on all 4 computers on my wireless network here at home, I just installed it today it prints beautifully and it is much, much faster than my HP 932c. I love the wireless connectivity...

Feb, 2004

Product Specifications

The two most significant things to know about DeskJet 5850 are: it's wireless, and it's networkable and ready for five people to start using right away. Plus, it's a great printer! Enjoy wireless printing without the hassle and headache of cord connections. Maximize efficiency with fast printing of up to 21 ppm black and 15 color. Get glowing color and professional-quality images with the HP PhotoREt III technology. Print photos with or without borders on standard-size photo paper. And save money by eliminating the need to outsource, instead rely on the Deskjet 5850's 5,000-sheet-per-month duty cycle.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Austria / Belgium / France / Germany / Italy / Netherlands / Portugal / Spain / Switzerland/Western Europe
Localization:Dutch / English / French / German/Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Deskjet


Type: None


Type:Print server

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4


Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wired / Wireless
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:802.11b / Ethernet / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 3/PCL 3E
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):21ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):15ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Banners / Cards / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Index cards / Iron-on transfers / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies/Cards / Envelopes / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Color
Total Media Capacity:150sheets
Type:Personal printer


Installed Size:16MB
Max Supported Size:16MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 / Apple MacOS 9 / Apple MacOS X / Linux / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6 or later / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 8.6 / Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP