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HP Scanjet 5550c

HP Scanjet 5550c
alaScore 72

86 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of HP Scanjet 5550c. The average rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Scanners for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Scanners the HP Scanjet 5550c is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 86 reviews)

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for HP Scanjet 5550c


alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of HP Scanjet 5550c from The average user rating for this product is 1.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Scanners on

21% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2015

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 by: rickpaulos (

Nothing great but it works.


Bottom line is it works. My favorite HP ScanJet 6300C died a communications death so this was a freebie replacement. the 6300c had its own quirks but the images were pretty good. The buttons are located on the top front where I keep inadverantly hit...

It works ; It does scan fast ; That's about it

There is a lot not to like ; Very annoying software and dull images lead the way

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: the_jordan (

Not THAT bad... is it?


I've had this scanner for a few years now and am generally satisfied with it. The hardware is wonderful and the bundled software is garbage. Whenever I have a problem with it, it's the software. As long as you're not using the bundled garbage for...

High optical resolution, relatively fast scanning

Somewhat disfunctional software, mediocre document feeder

May, 2006

Consumer review by: HectorB (

Software stinks


I agree with others on this post - the software with the 5550c is marginally functional and very frustrating. Its not a normal application - its just a bunch of popup windows that open and close and you never know whats going on. I eventually...

Sheet feeder trouble free

software and drivers all deficient

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: phaedrus82 (

Defective! Don't Waste your time and money!


I initially tried to use the scanjet with my Compaq Presario 900. After spending over 2 hours with technical support, they recommended I update my bios, Re-install XP, or buy a self powered USB Hub. I tried the USB port option to no avail. I wasted my...

Absolutely NO Pros

Defective Product

Jun, 2005

Consumer review by: (

HP Photo and Imaging Director is junk


The hardware seems to work well

The software is very poorly written. The software is over 240MB and it doesn't work! To get it to work at all I had to use the XP drivers. Very poorly thought out. God help you if you have to uninstall the software. If you have an old HP scanner - get it

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: (

serious apf problems


HP Software scanning pictures using APF does not offer "page size" of 3.5" x 5" or 4" x 6". Using other sizes offered results in pictures that are stretched and have to be scaled in photoshop. (Scaling the pictures, when already scanned, casues a reductio

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: (

Terrible Software - it must have been a joke


The ADF is good. Hardware overall seems good

Do not under any circumstances buy this product if you value your time. The software is so bad I can't believe it shipped with it. The software has been updated but it's just as bad. This is my third HP scanner and it will be the last. It says it works wi

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: (

Great Hardware, TERRIBLE Software


Scans documents beautifully (and quickly)in B&W directly as Adobe PDF files. Setup was relatively easy to my Win 2K system. Lots of features like publishing to the web (which I've never used). The document feeder is AWESOME and facilitates large numb

The HP Photo and Imaging Director software that comes with it is glitchy, tempermental and illogical. It also does not work well with the bundled Paperport software (which on its own is good). There are about 1,000,000 different ways to scan documents/pho

Jan, 2004

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.

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

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