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HP Scanjet 5550c

HP Scanjet 5550c
alaScore 77

20 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews of HP Scanjet 5550c. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Scanjet 5550c is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Richard Jantz (

HP Scanjet 5550c


This USB 2.0 scanner includes a snappy automatic document feeder, but its image quality isn't great.

Mar, 2003

Expert review by : Richard Jantz (

HP Scanjet 5550c


The HP Scanjet 5550c is made to order for small-office users who want to scan multiple-page documents. We don't see many small-office scanners that of...

High performance

Low quality photograph scans

With its zippy automatic document feeder, the HP Scanjet 5550c is well suited for steady OCR work, but getting the best image quality from photos requires some tweaking.

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (

HP Scanjet 5550c 2400 x 2400dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


The scanner ADF sometimes spazzes out. Read the online manual's procedure for clearing paper jams, as it works for clearing up most of the scanner's, "gee I don't want to feed any documents through right now," symptoms. Also, you should look into...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (

a mixed bag


I have no complaints about the speed. It is fast and does the job. But after a few batches, it started jamming consistently. I had to return it. Newegg's service is quite good. Better than Amzn. Getting a live person at Amzn is no easy task. But back...

Jul, 2005

Consumer review (

HP Scanjet 5550c 2400 x 2400dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner


I've settled on this device for a "scanning to pdf" interface I've written in Access. This scanner works very well for me.

Jun, 2004

Consumer review (

ScanJet 5550c - only buy if the ADF meets your demands


Fast, good quality scans

Automatic Document Feeder has too many limitations

Dec, 2003

Consumer review (

HP 5550 Scanner


Obviously high quality and value

Drivers wouldn't work in Win98 until RAM <500 meg

Apr, 2003

Consumer review (

HP ScanJet 5550C Flatbed Scanner


Consumer review (

Perfect printing paper


I have ow purchased this paper several times! Perfect for printing and a good price too. Happy customer!

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (

HP everyday glossy paper


good quality paper but possibly could be a bit cheaper in price.

Mar, 2015

Product Specifications

The new HP ScanJet 5550c features top-of-the-line quality, performance and speed with up to 2,400 dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color. Both possess HP's exclusive dual sensor CCD technology which gives brilliant photo-quality results quicker for all scans from photos, documents, slides to 3D objects such as thick books. With a comprehensive HP photo and imaging software that offers quick and easy one-step access to all imaging functions for creative, editing and printing projects, customers get professional-quality results without compromising speed. The ScanJet 5550c offers a fast preview scan of 7 seconds and can transfer scan to computers 40 times faster with the USB 2.0 high speed connectivity, allowing quicker scan of images to websites, e-mails, printers and more with seven front-panel one-touch buttons. The ingenious horizontal design of the professional HP ScanJet 5550c allows for easier operations whilst saving precious desk space at the same time. It is capable of hands-free multi-page scanning with the automatic document feeder that can scan up to 35 pages at 8 pages per minute.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Grey, White
Scan type:Flatbed Scanner
Scanner Type:Flatbed

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:100-240
Power consumption (typical):36

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Europe/United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP ScanJet

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:35


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 70
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 70

Other Features

Dimensions (W x D x H):19.2 x 13.4 x 6.25
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):19.2 x 13.4 x 6.25
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, TIF
Image scaling/enlargement range:10 - 2000%
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:Power PC\n150MB HDD
Network ready: No
Recommended humidity operating range:15 - 85
Scan speed (4x6:28s
Scan speed (4x6, color photo):28s
Scan speed (black and white drawing):31s
Scan speed (OCR, A4):48s
Scan speed in preview mode:7s
TWAIN version:1.8
Weight (imperial):12

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Scanning media types supported:Card stock, Envelopes, Photo paper, Plain paper


Button functions:On, Scan
Scan drivers:TWAIN
Scan file formats:BMP, DCX, HTM, JPG, PDF, RTF, TIFF, TXT
Scan to:E-mail
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:USB 2.0


Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:100-240
Power consumption (typical):36


Color Depth:48-bit color
Document Feeder Type:Manual load / Autoload
Form Factor:Desktop
Input Type:Color
Interface Type:Hi-Speed USB
Max H-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Max Supported Document Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max Supported Media Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Max V-Optical Resolution:2400dpi
Media Feeder Type:Autoload / Manual load
Supported Document Type:Plain paper/Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books)/Transparencies / Plain paper/Transparencies / Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books)
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper/Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper / Transparencies/Plain paper/Plain paper / Transparencies
Type:Flatbed scanner


ADF scan speed (b/w, A4):8
Color scanning: Yes
Duplex scanning: No
Film scanning: No
Gray scale levels:256
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan size:8.5 x 11.7
Optical scanning resolution:2400 x 2400

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Windows OS\nMac OS X v9.1+\nMac OS X v10.1+
Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS X 10.1 Puma
Minimum hard disk space:300
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium II/Celeron
Minimum RAM:64
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM\nSVGA 800x600\nUSB\nIE 5.0+
OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.1 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 9.1 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS 9.1 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional

Weight & Dimensions