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HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 283 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and design. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the ink consumption and multifunction.

value for money, usability, performance, design, print quality

reliability, multifunction, ink consumption

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 283 reviews)

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HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer


The B8550 is aimed at a different kind of user than the B9180 and B8850 are. Both of those printers are designed for serious amateur photographers and even professionals—as suggested by the word "Pro" in their names. The B8550 is much more of a...

High-quality photos and graphics at sizes up to 13 by 19 inches. Second tray for up to 5-by-7 paper

Not designed for printing on fine art paper

Although it's aimed at consumers rather than serious photographers, the HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer prints gorgeous photos at up to 13 by 19 inches.

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HP Photosmart B8550 Review


The new sweet spot for printer sizes appears to be 13x19, or A3+/Super B. Large enough to print 11x14 photos, while still fitting on the average desktop, these printers offer much more versatility than a letter size model does. It also opens up the...

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 13x19 size will appeal to many, especially scrapbook...

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HP B8550 -- Bring It On Home


We are not fans of the 4x6 print. A card full of images and a 4x6 printer make us wish we had a lawn to mow. You know, get out in the sunshine and get some exercise. Making a stack of 4x6 prints strikes us a drudgery.

The exciting thing about the lightweight, compact HP B8550 13x19 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...


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HP Photosmart B8550 Printer


The first thing I noticed about this HP printer was its overall sleek design, making it appear as if it had been designed by Apple rather than in a former Soviet Bloc tank factory.

Dual paper trays; low price

Overall, I like the look and feel of the printer. I was able to achieve excellent color accuracy and quality. Its price ($249.99) and feature set make it appear to be positioned as a high-end consumer printer but it would also serve the professional...

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Amazon review summary for HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550


alaTest has collected and analyzed 283 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

value for money, performance, usability, print quality, design

multifunction, ink consumption

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer

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Works for me!


I have just started to use this printer. It was easy to set up, in part because I have another HP printer that works much the same way. Although the software that came with the printer didn't work for some reason, the download from the internet was...

Accurate Colors","Easy Setup","Easy To Use","Great Contrast","Great Overall Quality","Sharp Tones & Colors","Terrific value

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Great color photos


Great color; sharp prints. Software is slick, but mediocre. Also, HP doesn't include a needed usb cord so if your sales rep doesn't mention this, it's another trip to the store. In spite of that, it's a good choice if your main interest is color photos.

Accurate Colors","Easy Setup","Easy To Use","Sharp Tones & Colors

Large Footprint","Usb cord not included

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Resolution too low


This printer has all the potential to be the HP equivalent of the Canon 9000, a dye (with one pigment black) version of the 8850. This would have made it quiet, and very vibrant, excellent for large and small glossy photos. But the resolution hampers...

Imo it has a small footprint for the wide carriage it is

Resolution of 1200x1200 is good for text (higher than others) but lower than competing printers for photos

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Outstanding value

Great print quality for the price Ability to handle multiple paper sizes, including 13x19 Relatively small footprint Nice case design

None yet

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Good printer but may not be as cost effective as had hoped.

Great affordablility for large photos. Picture quality is very good

Sucks up ink, particularly cyan, at an alarming rate. Pictures are a little darker than on screen so correct wisely

Product Specifications

From amazing photo enlargements to high-quality documents, this is the only printer you need. It's easy to use, efficient and delivers the long-lasting photo quality you demand.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart


Type: None


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Language Simulation:PCL 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:9600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A3 plus (13 in x 16.65 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):32ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):31ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:2400dpi
Media Type:Cards / Envelopes / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies
Output Type:Color
Total Media Capacity:145sheets
Type:Photo printer


Installed Size:128MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.4 / Apple MacOS X 10.5 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2