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HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The performance and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability. Many are critical about the ink consumption and multifunction.

usability, price, 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 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 49 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.

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 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...

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

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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

Red dot design award!

Expert review by: reddot (

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...

Consumer review by: Dale Pescitelli (



it takes 1 to 2 minutes before it starts to print. then it uses too mucH ink. I print 2 to 4 4X6 photos and myabe 5-10 pages of text and bam!! I need new ink. it also uses the photo black for text. I called HP and spoke to someone I coould not...

Aug, 2010

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