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HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 367 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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 298 user reviews of HP PhotoSmart Pro B8550 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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

reliability, multifunction, ink consumption

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

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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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HP Photosmart B8550 A3+ Inkjet

 

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

HP has had a good look at Canon's head and cartridge design with the five ink cartridges in this printer. From the clip-in print head, to the pull tabs on the shrinkwrap and the twist-off nozzle seals, the two designs are very similar. That's no bad...

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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...

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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.

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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...

Red dot design award!

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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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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

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

Depth:15.3in
Height:7.1in
Weight:16.8lbs
Width:22.8in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:B8550
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:USB
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
Technology:Ink-jet
Total Media Capacity:145sheets
Type:Photo printer

RAM

Installed Size:128MB

Scanner

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
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