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HP DeskJet 5550 Inkjet Printer

by HP
4.1 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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  • Economical color inkjet printer with photo-quality performance
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution on photo paper
  • Prints up to 17 ppm black, and 12 ppm color
  • Onscreen ink level indicator; print cancel button
  • Parallel and USB connectivity, PC and Mac compatible; optional networking
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Product Description

Product Description

Effortless and impressive, this HP Deskjet 5550 inkjet printer provides innovative technology and stunning photo-quality color printing with up to 4800 optimized dpi. Get outstanding performance with smart features like borderless 4x6" photos, automatic paper sensor, screen capture printing and ink backup mode to finish the job even when one cartridge runs out. Perfect for all types of projects, it prints in color up to 10 pages per minute and in laser-quality black at up to 17 pages per minute. Print on a variety of papers, transparencies, envelopes, cards, labels and more, and save time and money with the on-screen ink-level indicator and print-cancel option. Set-up is easy with either parallel or USB connectivity. Network printing, 6-ink photo printing and 2-sided printing capable with added accessories (not included). Includes 1 tri-color and 1 black ink cartridge. Minimum system requirements for PC: 40MB available hard disk space; CD-ROM drive or Internet access; Windows 95, 98, or Me with 150 MHz and 32MB RAM; or Windows 2000 Professional or NT 4.0 with 133 MHz and 64MB RAM; or Windows XP with 233 MHz and 128MB RAM. Minimum system requirements for Mac: 40MB available hard disk space; CD-ROM drive or Internet access; Mac OS 8.6, 9.0 or above with 64MB RAM; or Mac OS X with 128MB RAM. 6-1/4Hx18Wx15D".

From the Manufacturer

With outstanding features and performance, the HP Deskjet 5550 produces laser-quality black text at up to 17 ppm and exceptional photo-quality color at up to 12 ppm. A great all-around printer at a great price, the HP deskjet 5550 color inkjet printer offers stunning photo-quality results with up to 4,800 x 1,200 optimized color dpi (on premium photo papers with 1,200 x 1,200 input dpi). Optional upgrades are available, including six-ink color printing, two-sided printing, and an Ethernet adapter for easy networking.

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  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 16 x 7 inches ; 11.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000067R8W
  • Item model number: HEWC6487C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at August 1, 2002

Customer Reviews

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By A Customer on July 30, 2002
Originally I was set to buy a Canon S750. I read very good reviews on the Canon S750 but have always owned a HP inkjet (694C for 7 years). When the 5550 hit the market at 149.00 (20.00 less then the Canon) I actually purchased both the hp 5550 and the canon S750 to make my own side by side comparisons. I could not resist comparing the two. The ease of set up on both was comparable, extremely easy. Both offer a USB and a parallel connection. The HP offers a add-on duplexer for front and back printing (at an additional cost). Print speeds I would have to give the edge to the Canon. The Canon is also remarkably economical due to the separate ink cartridges which really impressed me. Now to the real test. Text is remarkably sharp and dark on the HP, almost laser like, while the Canon was okay, text was not as dark and appeared to be a little soft. On graphics the canon does not do a good job, especially on plain paper when compared the HP 5550 which is outstanding. On photos there is no comparison. The HP (which offers 4800 x 1200 color dpi and 1200x1200 dpi black text compared to 2400 x 1200 color and 600x600 black text on the S750) is by far the winner here. The HP photos came out considerably brighter and truer to color than the S750. Colors were smoother and pictures were sharper. The S750 does an okay job if you do not regularly print photos (especially on their 4x6 completely borderless paper, which I also liked) but pictures came out dull and cloudy compared the HP 5550 (which also does borderless prints on their 4x6 paper with a bottom tear off tab). The Canon S750 has a quiet mode which is very nice. The HP is a bit noisy in comparison. Both have an auto on and off features that initializes when you call up a print job.Read more ›
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Purchasing this printer was such a difficult decision for me. My main hesitation was a direct result of the ink cartridges (they are quite a bit smaller than those of the 900 series - black containing 19 ml of ink, and the tri-color containing 17 ml). I didn't want to buy this printer and then end up being afraid to print anything out because of my need to save ink. No one wants to buy a printer only to be a slave to the ink cartridges, plopping down $60 every time you turn around, right? After reading an independent reviewer say that the cartridges only decreased by a little more than 20% after printing out over 100 b/w & color images, I figured I'd buy it.
I don't think you will find a negative review on the quality of this printer - it's unlike anything I've ever seen: vivid colors, high resolution, stunning photograph-quality prints. Bottom line: if the ink-life equals the price we pay, then this is by far one of the best printers you will find on the market today. For those of you who have not yet bought a printer and are considering this one, you may want to watch for more reviews to come in regarding quantity vs. quality before making your final decision.
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After having used an HP laser printer at home for so many years, I was skeptical about buying an ink jet. They're slow, they gobble up ink, and if you get the printouts wet, the ink will run. Well, when I heard about the 5550 I knew it was time to "get color". And I was totally blown away by the performance of this affordable little printer.
Text and color graphics are great, of course. Color photos come out perfect, limited only by the quality of the source image. I even borrowed a good digital camera from work, and was amazed by the quality of photos produced by the 5550, far better than what we ever got from our regular 35mm camera. It's kind of a hassle to switch the ink cartridge and paper when printing photos, but if you only do this once in a great while, it's not a big deal. Takes just a few seconds.
So far I've printed a ton of pages, many with lots of color, and still haven't replaced any ink cartridges, so they seem to last quite a while. Plus, it's faster than my old laser printer. So I highly recommend this as a great HOME printer, especially if you'd like to print photos once in a while. For an office environment, I'd recommend sticking with laser (I've worked as a lan administrator, and have purchased a lot of printers over the years).
The only downside is that the ink on the printouts can run if you get them wet. But that's not likely to happen often, and the high quality color printouts are worth it. I believe that this is the best overall home printer available.
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This is a solid little entry-level photo printer. It uses the new HP 56, 57, and 58 cartridges. It is rather low-profile, and it looks a bit like a U.F.O. It has top-of-the-line resolution (4800x1200 d.p.i.) like it's big brothers, the 7150, the 7350, and the 7550. For the price, this is a good little printer. I don't want to sound like it isn't. But, there are a few disadvantages. One, like the 7150 and 7350, it only uses two of the three cartridges at a time. The black #56 and the photo #58 cartridges must be exchanged every time one changes the type of print they are using. This can be rather cumbersome. Not impossible, but a touch annoying. The other disadvantage is no 4x6 photo tray for automatic uptake. The tray is available on the 7150 and up. Also, the text printing is top shelf. My dislike of the cartridge swapping goes for the 7150 and 7350. It only goes away on the 7550. It uses all three. Also, the text printing is top shelf. If money is an issue, this is still a fine printer. It will have the same output as its big brothers in the line. But it lacks some of their features. It is not bad all. The body of the printer is very solid. It is good if there are little hands around it. As said before, it is low profile. It feeds and ejects from the front side like most HP, which means you need little room above it. The cartridges are pretty typical. The 56 is cheaper than most other HP black cartridges, the 57 color is about the usual price. The 58 photo color is generally somewhere between 56 and 57 in price.
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