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HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the ink consumption and multifunction. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, size, design

noise, 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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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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.

Expert review by : Jon Canfield (

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...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : MIKE PASINI (

HP Photosmart B8550 Printer


Review Date: September 2008 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.C O N T...

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...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Dave Huss (

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...

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

HP Photosmart B8550 A3+ Inkjet


HP's latest A3+ printer likes to have a good think before getting started.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Karl Hodge (

HP Photosmart B8550 review


Colours came out vivid and vibrant, greys looked properly grey rather than shades of green or red. Our only real issue with the HP Photosmart B8550's prints was at the bottom end of the spectrum, where the darkest greys and blacks merged into each...

At this price and with these features, the HP Photosmart B8550 is aimed squarely at everyday consumers – holiday snappers and poster makers – rather than at enthusiastic creatives. But with budgets squeezed hard for everyone, it wouldn’t be too much of...

Aug, 2009


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HP Photosmart Pro B8550 review


HP's new, clinical-looking B8550 doesn't take up much more desk space than an A4 printer.

May, 2009

Red dot design award!

Expert review by : reddot ( (UK))

HP Photosmart B8550 Photo Printer


The Photosmart B8550 is a photo printer for advanced users who appreciate a wide range of application options and high performance. The visual language of the unit accentuates its reserved appearance and consumer-aligned design, which has been visibly...

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HP - Photosmart B8550


If you think that having a home printer capable of producing photos as large as A3+ would be too expensive for you to even consider, then HP's new Photosmart B8550 may change your mind. It's still ...

If you are looking to print large photos and still have the capability to use the printer as an everyday one, then HP's B8550 is worth a second look, as it blends the features of a large format photo printer with the everyday usability of a standard...

Jun, 2009

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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

Aug, 2009

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.


Blue Angel certified:
Electromagnetic compatibility: / Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 2 and Part 15, Class B [USA]; CISPR 22:2005 [International]; ANSI 63.4-2003 [USA]; CAN/CSA–CISPR 22:02 [Canada]; EN 55022:2006, Class B [European Union]; EN 61000-3-2:2006 [European Union]; EN 61000-3-3:1995 +A1:2001 +A2:2005 [European Union]; AS/NZS CISPR 22:2004 [Australia and New Zealand], Class B; CNS 13438 [Taiwan]; EN 55024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003 [European Union], VCCI (Japan)
Energy Star certified:
Safety: / 2.52 x 4.41 x 5.51


Printing colors:Cyan, Magenta, Photo black, Yellow


Compatible ink types, supplies:Dye-based (photo black, colour), pigment-based (black)

Dimensions & Weight



Display: / LCD
Display Diagonal:2.4

Energy Management

Acoustic power emissions:6.7 B(A) (active/printing)
Energy Star certified: Yes
Power consumption (off):
Power consumption (standby): / 2.9
Power consumption (typical): / 12.28

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


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

Input Capacity

Envelope feeder:
Input capacity for envelopes (primary tray):
Maximum input capacity: / 125
Maximum input capacity for cards: / 25
Maximum input capacity for envelopes: / Up to 15
Maximum input capacity for labels: / Up to 25
Maximum input capacity for transparencies: / 25
Maximum paper trays: / 1 plus automated 10 x 15 cm photo tray
Paper handling standard/input:
Standard input capacity: / 125
Standard input capacity for cards:
Standard input capacity for transparencies:

Media Formats

Custom media sizes: / Main Tray: 89 x 127 mm to 216 x 1118 mm, Photo Tray: 89 x 127 mm to 100 x 150 mm
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A3, A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6, B7
Recommended media: / HP Advanced Photo Paper
Standard media sizes: / A3 (297 x 420 mm), A3+ (330 x 482 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), A6 (105 x 148 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm), B6 (125 x 178 mm), B7 (88 x 125 mm), C5 (162 x 229 mm, C6 (114 x 162 mm), JIS B5 (182 x 257 mm), JIS B6 (128 x 182 mm), JIS B7 (91 x 128 mm), 2L; Photo Tray: 100 x 148 mm, 10 x 15 cm, A6 (105 x 148 mm), B6 (125 x 178 mm), B7 (88 x 125 mm), JIS B6 (128 x 182 mm), JIS B7 (91 x 128 mm), C6 (114 x 162 mm)

Media Types

Media types supported:Paper (plain, inkjet, photo), envelopes, labels, cards (index, greeting)

Media Weight

Media weights by paper path:
Recommended media weight:


Internal memory: / 128
Maximum memory:


Type: None


Type: None
Wireless option type:

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):15 - 80
Operating relative humidity range: / 15 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T): / 5 - 40
Recommended humidity operating range:
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T): / 15 - 32
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90
Storage relative humidity range: / 5 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T): / -40 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista; Microsoft Windows XP Home (SP1), XP Professional (SP1), XP Professional x64 (SP1), XP Professional x64 (SP2); Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5
Dimensions (WxDxH):22.8 x 15.3 x 7.13
Mac compatibility: Yes
Package dimensions (WxDxH): / 26.7 x 19.2 x 10.9
Power Requirements:Input voltage 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Power supply type:External 50 watt AC adapter
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.1524 mm
Standard input trays:1 plus automated 10 x 15 cm photo tray

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:
Maximum output capacity for cards:
Maximum output capacity for envelopes:
Maximum output capacity for transparencies:
Paper handling standard/output: / 50-sheet output tray
Standard output capacity: / 50
Standard output capacity for cards:
Standard output capacity for envelopes:

Packaging Data

Package weight:
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):40 x 48 x 92.6
Quantity per pallet: / 24

Paper Handling

Borderless printing:
Custom media sizes:Main Tray: 89 x 127 mm to 216 x 1118 mm, Photo Tray: 89 x 127 mm to 100 x 150 mm
Duplex print options:Manual (driver support provided)
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A3, A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6, B7
Media handling:
Media types supported:Paper (plain, inkjet, photo), envelopes, labels, cards (index, greeting)
Paper handling:125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet photo tray, 50-sheet output tray
Paper handling standard/input:125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet photo tray
Recommended media:HP Advanced Photo Paper
Recommended media weight:6.3 x 13.6 x 10.6 / Main Tray: 60 to 252 g/m2; Photo Tray: 200 to 252 g/m2
Standard media sizes:A3 (297 x 420 mm), A3+ (330 x 482 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), A6 (105 x 148 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm), B6 (125 x 178 mm), B7 (88 x 125 mm), C5 (162 x 229 mm, C6 (114 x 162 mm), JIS B5 (182 x 257 mm), JIS B6 (128 x 182 mm), JIS B7 (91 x 128 mm), 2L; Photo Tray: 100 x 148 mm, 10 x 15 cm, A6 (105 x 148 mm), B6 (125 x 178 mm), B7 (88 x 125 mm), JIS B6 (128 x 182 mm), JIS B7 (91 x 128 mm), C6 (114 x 162 mm)

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: / Yes
Export file formats:JPEG, TIFF, PNG
I/O ports: / 1 USB, 1 PictBridge, 3 Memory card slots
Optional connectivity:
PictBridge: / Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Acoustic power emissions:6.7 B(A) (active/printing)
Energy Star certified:Y
Power consumption (standby):2.9
Power consumption (typical):12.28

Print Quality

Maximum Resolution:9600 x 2400
Print quality (black, best quality): / 1200 x 1200
Print quality (color, best quality):
Print technology:Inkjet

Print Technology

Compatible ink types, supplies:
Duplex print options:
Maximum print length:
Maximum Resolution:9600 x 2400
Number of print cartridges:
Print head nozzles:720
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing colors: / Cyan, Magenta, Photo black, Yellow
Standard printer languages:


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


Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter): / 33, 32
Print speed (color photo, best quality):
Print speed (color photo, draft quality): / 31
Print speed (color photo, normal quality):
Print speed (color, best quality, A4):0.4
Print speed (color, draft quality, A4/US Letter): / 31
Print speed (colour photo, best quality on photo paper, 10x15):
Print speed (colour photo, draft quality on photo paper, 10x15):


Installed Size:128MB


Type: None


Export file formats:

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:HP Photosmart Essential Software: ArcSoft Creative Project Templates for scrapbooking, photo albums, greeting cards and more.

Sound Emission

Acoustic power emissions:
Acoustic pressure emissions:54
Noise Level:54


Compatible memory cards:CF, MS Duo, xD

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:
JetDirect Compatible Products:
Minimum system requirements: / Windows Vista: 1 GHz 32- or 64-bit processor, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5; Windows Vista Home: 512 MB RAM, other Windows Vista: 1 GB RAM, 1.5 GB HD free space, CD-ROM, Internet Explorer 6, USB; Microsoft Windows XP (SP1), XP Professional (SP1), Professional x64 (SP1) editions: 1 GHz 32- or 64-bit processor, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5, 512 MB RAM, 800 MB HD, CD-ROM drive, Internet Explorer 6, USB, Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, PowerPC G3, G4, G5 or Intel Core processor, 256 MB RAM, 500 MB HD, CD-ROM drive, USB
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:
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

Technical Details

Acoustic pressure emissions:
Automatic paper sensor: / Y
Bundled software:
Camera phone: / Direct photo printing from camera phones with the optional HP bt500 Bluetooth Wireless Printer Adapter
Color management:
Compatible memory cards:
Control panel: / 6.1 cm colour graphics display; 15 buttons (On; Previous; Photosmart Express; OK; Red Eye Removal; Setup; Help; Zoom +; Zoom -; Left arrow, Right arrow, Up arrow, down arrow; Cancel). 4 LEDs (On LED; Memory Card Slot LED; Red Eye Removal LED; Attention LED).
Dimensions (WxDxH):
Euro pallet quantity: / 16
Exifprint supported: / Yes, Version 2.2
Fade-resistance (archivability, dye ink): / 50 years (open air); 100+ years (under glass) on Advanced Photo Paper
Functions: / Color printing
JetDirect Compatible Products:N
Maximum input capacity (photo paper): / Up to 40 sheets
Maximum input capacity for 10 x 15 cm photographs: / 60
Maximum output capacity:50
Maximum output capacity (photo paper): / Up to 25 sheets
Maximum output capacity for labels: / Up to 25 sheets
Maximum output capacity for transparencies:25
Maximum print length:43976.4
Maximum print length (imperial): / 44 in
Media handling:Sheetfeed
Media size (tray 1): / A3, A4, A5, A6, B5, B7, C5, C6, 76 x 127 to 330 x 483 mm
Media sizes supported (imperial): / Main Tray: Letter, legal, tabloid, executive, 4 x 6 in, 4 x 12 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, 11 x 14 in, 12 x 12 in, B, 11 x 17 in, B+, 13 x 19 in, No. 10 envelopes; Photo Tray: 3.5 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in
Media thickness (by paper path):
Media types supported:
Media weights by paper path:Main Tray: 60 to 252 g/m2; Photo Tray: 200 to 252 g/m2
Network ready: / No
Number of cartons per pallet: / 3
Number of layers per pallet: / 8
Operating temperature (T-T):59 - 90
Operating temperature range (T-T):59 - 90
Package dimensions (W x D x H): / 19.17 x 10.91 x 26.65 / 19.2 x 10.9 x 26.6
Package weight:23.99 lb
Package weight (imperial):23.99 lb
Page yield identifier: / PSB8550
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H): / 40 x 48 x 92.6 / 40 x 48 x 92.63
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):40 x 48 x 92.6
Pallet size (EU): / 31.5 x 47.2 x 92.9
Pallet weight:
Photo proofsheets supported: / Y
Power consumption (off):0.4
Power consumption (PowerSave):
Power Requirements:
Power supply type:
Print head: / One integreated printhead assembly - designed to last the life of the printer. User installable and replacable.
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:
Print resolution (photo, best quality): / < 9600 x 2400-color ( on selected photo papers & 1200-input)
Print speed (color, draft quality, letter): / < 31 ppm
Print speed (color, full page, best quality, letter):
Print speed (color, full page, draft quality, letter): / >40s
Print technology:
Product dimensions optional (imperial):
Product dimensions optional (metric):
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD): / 22.8 / 22.83
Product weight optional (imperial):
Product weight optional (metric):
Recommended media weight (imperial): / 16 to 24 lb Bond
Size: / 22.8 / 22.83
Skew: / +/- 0.003 in
Skew (transparency): / +/- 0.003 in
Standard input capacity for legal: / Up to 125 sheets
Standard input capacity for cards:Up to 40 cards
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 125 sheets
Standard input capacity for transparencies:Up to 40 sheets
Standard input trays:
Standard output capacity for cards:Up to 25 cards
Standard output capacity for labels: / Up to 25 sheets
Standard output capacity for legal: / Up to 50 sheets
Standard output capacity for transparancies: / 25
Standard output capacity for transparencies:25
Supported media weight(s):
SureSupply connection type:
SureSupply software driver:
SureSupply supported: / Y / Yes
Technical features: / Versatile photo and document printing up to A3+.
Video action printing supported: / N
Vivera inks supported: / Y
Weight: / 16.7 lb
Weight (imperial):16.7 lb
Wireless option type:Optional, enabled with purchase of a hardware accessory
Wireless Technology: / Bluetooth (optional)

Weight & Dimensions

Maximum dimensions (W x D x H): / 22.8 x 16.8 x 7.13
Package weight: / 24 / 384.1
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):
Pallet weight:
Weight: / 16.8 / 268.1