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HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer

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  • Inkjet printer produces lab-quality photos as large as 13 x 19-inches
  • 125-sheet tray holds paper from 4 x 6-inches to 13 x 19-inches; includes specialized tray for three common photo sizes
  • Up to 32 pages per minute for black-and-white draft-quality letters; 95 seconds for 13 x 19-inch color photos
  • Five-ink system lets you replace only the colors you need; 2.4-inch color LCD lets you review, select, and enhance photos without your computer
  • One-year limited hardware warranty; one-year of technical phone support
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Product Description

Product Description

Experience reliable, all-purpose, professional printing performance without paying professional prices; choose this cost-effective peripheral. Color Photograph Optimization boosts snapshot printing resolution to an amazing 9600 x 2400 dpi. Real Life Technologies, including Auto Red-Eye Removal, Photo Fix, Sharpening and SmartFocus, ensure greater than photo lab-quality results. Dual-drop-volume printheads fire droplets as small as 1.3 picoliters to produce photos, graphics and documents with smooth colors, intricate details and crisp text. Versatile (3 1/2 to 13 inch) x (5 to 44 inch) media handling range accommodates everything from card photo to banner printing. Auto Sense technology coupled with the 20 sheet, automated photo media tray streamlines operation. Maximum Print Speed (Black): 32.0 ppm; Network Ready: No; Printer Type: Inkjet; Print Resolution (Color) (Width x Height): 1200 x 1200 dpi. Product Description The HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer makes it easy to produce lab-quality photos as large as 13 x 19-inches at home. Enjoy the versatility of printing from your computer, from a supported memory card, or directly from your PictBridge enabled camera. And because this Photosmart printer also produces laser-quality text, you can rely on it for all your printing needs.

The HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer offers:
  • Lab-quality photos as large as 13 x 19-inches
  • Laser-quality text
  • 1200 x 1200 dpi; photos up to 9600 x 2400 optimized dpi
  • Speeds up to 32 ppm

Easy-to-access ports let you print directly from memory cards.

The HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer produces lab-quality photos up to 13 x 19-inches. View larger.

Review photos using a 2.4-inch color LCD display. View larger.
Print Directly From Cameras and Memory Cards
Printing photos and enlargements at home is convenient and cost-effective. The HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer offers several printing options. With a 2.4-inch color LCD display, you can review, select, and enhance photos without the use of your computer. It features 15 convenient buttons that let you zoom-in to check out details before you print and perform quick editing tasks. With special HP technology, red eye reduction is as easy as pushing a single button, and the printer's four LED indicators let you know if anything needs your attention before you start printing.

Dedicated slots let you print directly from a variety of common memory cards, including Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCards, and xD-Picture Cards. You can also print right from any PictBridge enabled camera or computer using one of the printer's high-speed USB connections. This printer also supports wireless operation with the use of HP Blue tooth adapters (not included).

Print Almost Anything, Fast
The 125-sheet main tray holds paper from 4 x 6-inches to 13 x 19-inches, including envelopes, standard letter paper, and legal-sized paper. A specialized tray makes it easy to load paper in three common photo sizes--3.5 x 5-inches, 4 x 6-inches, and 5 x 7-inches. Additionally, borderless printing is supported for prints up to 13 x 44-inches.

Document printing is fast, at up to 32 pages per minute for black-and-white draft-quality letters and 31 pages per minute for color draft-quality letters. Unlike with some multi-use printers, photo printing is quick, too. A 13 x 19-inch color photo may be finished printing in as little as 95 seconds.

Innovative Technology for Quality and Reliability
Four HP 564 dye-ink cartridges in cyan, magenta, yellow, and photo black provide vivid color images and high-quality black-and-white photos. For laser-quality black text on paper, a fifth cartridge contains black pigment ink. Combined with Advanced Photo Paper, these Vivera inks offer instant-dry, smudge-resistant photos. Plus, with the five-ink system, you only have to replace the cartridges you need, saving you money.

There's plenty of innovative technology behind HP's photo printers. Unique Auto Sense technology uses optical sensors to optimize settings based on what type of paper you are using. And when printing begins, dual-drop volume technology means the specialized print head delivers extremely small drops, allowing detailed images to contain smooth transitions.

When you select the "best" print quality option for color or black and white, this Photosmart printer prints up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. For photographs, it can render images with up to 9600 x 2400-optimized dpi color (when printing from a computer on selected HP photo papers and with 1200-input dpi).

This HP Photosmart printer is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty and one-year of technical phone support.

What's in the Box
HP Photosmart B8550, Printhead Assembly, HP 564 Black Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Photo Black Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Cyan Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Magenta Ink Cartridge, HP 564 Yellow Ink Cartridge, power cord, Software CD, Photo media sample pack, Start Here Poster, User Guide, and Creative Projects Guide.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 19.2 x 11 inches ; 16.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001B19XPA
  • Item model number: CB981A#B1H
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 12, 2008

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This printer joins my home office in addition to a Canon Pixma Pro9000 Professional Large Format Inkjet Printer (9995A001) large format photo printer and an older Epson RX500 All-in-One printer/scanner/copier. I tend to mainly use the Epson for low-color non-photo printing since it seems to be the most wasteful with ink usage (replacing its 6 ink cartridges is not cheap and the printer annoyingly always uses some of the 5 non-black color inks even if you are printing a black-and-white text-only page), with the HP B8550 and Canon Pro9000 being used exclusively for photo printing. I am a serious amateur photographer with way more DSLR cameras, lenses, and gear than can be justified given that I have never earned any income from my photography, but I enjoy printing everything from 4x6 photos to 13x19 enlargements. I frame the 13x19 photos and circulate displays of photos on walls around my house, as well as print photos for friends, so I suppose that is my "payback" for this hobby. My photography interests include people and pets, travel and vacation photos, nature photography and macro close-ups, and John Fielder-inspired wide-angle shots of landscapes and wilderness.

The B8550 printer's size is typical for a large format printer. At 23 inches wide, it is overall smaller than my Canon Pro9000 since the Pro9000 also has a top-feed paper tray whereas the B8550 input and output trays both are in front of the printer. In fact, it is probably one of the smallest and lightest photo printers available that can print on 13x19 paper.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Aldo R. Perez on April 6, 2009
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I use this printer with Vista 64. I'm a web designer and have strong graphic artist skills (have been using Photoshop for over 15 years). I have several printers in the house but I wanted a printer that I felt that could generate decent prints and have a lower cost of ownership than my Epson printers.

The HP B8550 got my attention because of the good reviews and the ink system. 5 inks with one a photo black and regular black and the option of bigger ink tanks for a good cost was what I was looking for. It's almost impossible to get consistent cost per page numbers across different brands as that depends a great deal on what kind of cost you can find on the ink. If you can get great deals on ink for printer A and not for Printer B that alone can change your cost of ownership.

As a general rule Epson has the best photo printers and I have confirm this many times. Canon is usually second place and HP tends to be third in photos but first in text quality. After using the B8550 I can clearly say things are changing.

Good: This HP 5 ink printer (only 4 inks for Photos) took on my Epson 6 ink printers and matched it (And maybe even surpass in some cases). The photos looked great and the printer was fairly fast. Print quality is the final measurement of any printer and this printer did as expected (I had high expectations).

Bad: Oh, HP, when will you get your act together with your drivers? The Window drivers have no ICM profiles. The Mac versions do so this is just not acceptable and I was counting on them. In Photoshop the printer would forget settings and revert to older values (who does the QA for this stuff at HP?). Since I had no ICM profiles I could not let Photoshop control color reproduction and had to use the printer color logic.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Keith P. Luke on January 11, 2010
I have owned the B8550 for a little over a year - the good news is that the print quality, price and the wide format quality are excellent. The bad news is that the printer uses the micro-sized 564 printer ink cartridges which have EXTREMELY small ink quantity - if you have visions of printing more than five or six full color brochures using this device, plan to have a BUNCH of extra print cartridges on hand. If you print a single photo quality 8x17 print you'll ding the individual cartridges by as much as 50% (you'll then think "that can't be right", but it IS right).

I'd say that the B8550 is okay for a hobbyist/photographer who wants the ability to occasionally print an oversized image or brochure for one-off purposes. Aside from that the unit really doesn't have much of a place in professional office setting.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Owen Glendower on November 8, 2009
I thought I got a deal on this printer at $[...], delivered, a few weeks ago. Now it's available for slightly less. Friends, this is a deal. Look at the prices for the top-end photo printers from HP, Epson, or Canon and you'll see that this model is a bargain.

I will not attempt to duplicate the many excellent reviews already posted. I will just post a few comments:

1. This printer replaces my Deskjet 9650, which also printed up to 13x19. Three gripes:
--The Deskjet had a rear-feed slot for straight-through printing of heavy papers or cardstock. The B8550 lacks this feature. It's not something I used often in the Deskjet, but it's something you miss when it's not there.
--You could specify a custom page length up to 50" on the Deskjet. On the B8550, it's 44". Question to HP: Why? C'mon, HP, panoramas are pretty popular these days. Why the reduced page length in the printer driver?
--No "Banner" selection in the printer driver. If this setting were available, several programs (like Qimage, which I find invaluable) would allow printing panoramas well in excess of the maximum page length in the printer driver.

I just got interested in panoramas a month or two ago, which is why I mention the gripes above. In reality, I can probably live with a 13x44 maximum page size. But I'm always puzzled by printer-driver limitations like this.

On the upside:

1. Haven't printed 13x19 yet (just received the paper), but prints on 8½x11 paper have knocked my socks off...and have elicited comments from others like, "Did you have this professionally printed?" A noticeable step up from the Deskjet 9650, for which I paid $[...] (on special) in 2004.

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