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HP OfficeJet Pro K550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1873 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the paper handling and design are on the whole positive. The print quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the connectivity. The noise and ink consumption get less positive reviews.

performance, usability, print quality, design, paper handling

value for money, ink consumption, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP OfficeJet Pro K550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Hewlett-Packard HP Officejet Pro K550

 

Fast ; Upgradeable ; High-capacity ink tanks and paper trays

Expensive compared to other general-purpose inkjet printers

Editor's Choice!

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HP Officejet Pro K550 Color Printer

 

HP's Web site claims that the Officejet Pro K550 Color Printer ($199 direct) is the world's fastest desktop color printer. In reality, it's not. But it's certainly the fastest by far in this price class, at least for business applications—and that's...

Impressively fast for business applications. Better-looking graphics and text than most ink jet printers. Duplexer option

So-so photo quality

If you're in the market for a fast, affordable ink jet and won't be printing many photos, the K550 is a good choice.

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Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro K550 color ink jet printer Review and Prices

 

The Officejet Pro K550 offers a combination that's tough to beat. Its output speeds can stand up to those of many laser printers. Its per-page printing costs are less than most color laser printers for color jobs (under 8 cents per page), and less than...

Stylish design. Low per-page costs for monochrome printing, relatively low per-page costs for color printing. Ink cartridge capacity is higher than many typical inkjet cartridges. Separate ink cartridges save money on consumables

Photo quality is average to slightly above average. Network connectivity is an expensive option. Set-up guide can be confusing, although the printer is not difficult to set up

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HP Officejet Pro K550 printer

 

If you are sharing a color inkjet printer at home or in a small workgroup, you should consider the HP Officejet Pro K550. Its text printing could be sharper, but its features allow you to spend more time printing than waiting or loading supplies.

Fast ; high-capacity ink tanks and paper trays ; upgradeable

Expensive compared to other general-purpose inkjet printers

The printer is very fast, speedier than any of our recently tested inkjets in two of three tests--and placing second in the third test. The printer's speed does not sacrifice print quality. Although its text could have been sharper, it printed...

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My most facinated printer!

 

I bought my unit refurbished with an auto-duplexer and second tray. Even with the paper jams (which again, only seems to be occasional on draft mode), I love this machine. I have used many other printers from HP to Canon to other more professional...

Its got a very quick draft mode which prints very well. Also, gotta love the networking capabilities

It does jam from time to time but only on draft mode that I have noticed

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Very Poor Quality for an HP Product

 

I would not recomend this printer. There are other printers on the market for a much lower cost that print better and actually work for more than two weeks. All three printers we have do not work as they all show a full cartridge as being empty, thus...

When it works the printer is a nice office printer

It doesn't work. We have three of these printers that all failed within a month of installation all with the same basic failure, full color cartridges showing as empty

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Reliable, Heavy-Duty, Fast! Color Accuracy Not Perfect

 

Works great! I've owned the K550 since 2005. Print speed is amazing, ink is affordable but I am switching to continuous feed ink system this week. Paper feed was unreliable and crooked/slanted until HP told me about a firmware update for this model......

Fast, reliable, separate, non-moving 4 color ink cartridges make this a perfect candidate for the Continuous Ink Systems for even more savings

Too much no-print area at the bottom of the page. mis-feeds occasionally. Color accuracy could be better

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The best printer I have EVER owned! PERIOD!

 

I've been through printers like water. My first printer was a Lexmark X73 MFC, It worked great, until the cartridges EXPLODED INSIDE the printer and then once cleaned up it REFUSED to function. My second printer was not bad at all, It was an HP 820CSE...

Fast printing, Realistic color matching, Beautiful photo prints, Handles my college work with ease, 500 Sheet feeder, and I RARELY have to refill it! Low TCO is great, I never have to worry about running out of ink in a jam

The ink cartridges are too small for my liking, Although I've never ran out of ink in a jam. Lack of "Borderless" 8"x10"' prints

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Designed to frustrate

 

Fresh out of the package, the Officejet Pro K550 is very slow to come to life, clunking and whirring and clicking for 20 minutes. I learned to leave it on 24/7 to speed up my printing jobs, since it always clunks and whirs for 5-10 minutes before it...

Produces nice quality photo prints

Stunningly irritating design features

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Designed to frustrate

 

Fresh out of the package, the Officejet Pro K550 is very slow to come to life, clunking and whirring and clicking for 20 minutes. I learned to leave it on 24/7 to speed up my printing jobs, since it always clunks and whirs for 5-10 minutes before it...

Produces nice quality photo prints

Stunningly irritating design features

Product Specifications

Delivering the world's fastest speeds for a desktop color business printer, the HP Officejet Pro K550 Color Printers produce laser-quality black text documents and professional color documents with laser quality speeds up to twice the speed of color laser printers at up to 30 percent lower color cost per page. Offering an affordable, reliable, high-performance color printer for producing high-impact color marketing materials, the HP Officejet Pro K550 allows small businesses and home offices to make a professional impression. The K550dtn model upgrades the Officejet Pro K550 with wired networking, automatic two-sided printing, and an extra 350-sheet input tray. Plus, you of course get super-speedy, fantastic color printing.

Consumable

Cartridge Features:HP Vivera
Color:Black/Black / Yellow/Cyan/Cyan / Magenta/Magenta/Yellow
Consumable Type:Print cartridge/Printhead

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.9in/19.8in
Height:11.9in/8.4in
Weight:21.4lbs/28.4lbs
Width:19.5in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

General

Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges/Maintenance supplies and parts
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits
Technology:Ink-jet

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC/PC / Mac
Country Kits:Canada/Canada / United Kingdom/Europe/Portugal/United Kingdom/United Kingdom / Portugal/United States
Localization:English/English / French/English / Portuguese/English / French/Portuguese
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:88/88XL/Pro K550/Pro K550dtn/Pro K550dtwn
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP/HP Officejet

Miscellaneous

Category of Accessory:Printing consumables
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type:None/Print server

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wired / Wireless/Wireless / Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:802.11b / 802.11g / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB/Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB/USB/USB / 802.11b / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / 802.11g/USB / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
Language Simulation:PCL 3
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)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):37ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):33ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Envelopes / Transparencies / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper / Photo paper / Index cards/Envelopes / Greeting cards / Index cards / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies
Output Type:Color
Technology:Ink-jet
Total Media Capacity:250sheets/600sheets
Type:Workgroup printer

RAM

Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:32MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Debian Linux 3.0 / LindowsOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / Microsoft Windows XP / Novell NetWare 3.2 / Novell NetWare 4.2 / Novell NetWare 5.x / Novell NetWare 6 / Red Hat Linux 9 / SuSE Linux 8.1/Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Debian Linux 3.0 / LindowsOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / Microsoft Windows XP / Red Hat Linux 9 / SuSE Linux 8.1/Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Debian Linux 3.0 / LindowsOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP / Novell NetWare 3.2 / Novell NetWare 4.2 / Novell NetWare 5.x / Novell NetWare 6 / Red Hat Linux 9 / SuSE Linux 8.1/Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Debian Lin
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