HP Photosmart B8550 Review

January 12, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 11 Comments |

HP Photosmart B8550The HP Photosmart B8550 is a new 13x19 / A3 printer aimed at the photographer on a budget. Retailing for just $299, the HP B8550 can print everything from 4 x 6-inch album snapshots up to large posters in both black-and-white and colour, whilst being able to comfortably fit on your office desk. Jon Canfield finds out if the HP Photosmart B8550 is worth considering…

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#1 anon

HP store has it on sale for $199 + use http://dealnews.com/HP-Home-coupons-10-off-50-30-off-150/272949.html $30 coupon with free delivery. It's a deal for $169 delivered.

1:19 pm - Tuesday, January 13, 2009

#2 anon

Mine was delivered today. Prints out of the box are shockingly good. Don't install all the crap ware. Just install the drivers/update and print from PS if possible.

8:51 pm - Thursday, January 15, 2009

#3 Glenn Fernandes

That's great. Its quiet reasonable with all basic features and good design. People will surely like it.

10:46 am - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

#4 Flipper

Very good printer! Color are accurate and 13x19size is a wonder.

2:31 pm - Monday, July 6, 2009

#5 Arzelle Heier

I just purchased the hp photosmart B8550 and am very pleased with its performance. I too had problems with the ink included running out VERY quickly and took it up with hp directly only to be told that the cartridges were only 1/4 filled as "you are purchasing the printer not the ink" The follow up to my complaint was addressed quickly by my filling out an online questionnaire and I did receive a black xl for black printing only free of charge after spending an hour on the phone with a rep from the Phillipines.
I noted before I purchased this printer that 2 complaints blogged were the slowness of black only printing. This is not the case if one sets up the preferences to fast economical printing and under color selects gray scale which gives one the option of black only.

2:23 pm - Friday, September 25, 2009

#6 micro sd card

What I liked as a Mac user is that the software was really easy to install and worked flawlessly. That is not always the case. The printer itself works fine. I printed some A4 and A3 full color prints and they came out very bright and sharp.

12:27 pm - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

#7 John @ hp photosmart printers

I love these printers - the image quality is breathtaking - and it saves all that messing about changing paper over - just pop in a 4x6" set of paper and out come perfect prints.

9:38 pm - Monday, March 8, 2010

#8 Houston Weight Loss Surgery

jammed paper, the sensor that the inadequacy of the paper without reason, when the paper is jammed it retains the impression of nothing ... ink jet printer in the ... paper made from 180 in the printer ... not so great for the photo paper .. High remains low ...

6:37 am - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

#9 MsShawn

Really good printer for the price. If using photo paper OTHER than HP Advanced be sure to change that in the paper option. The HP photo paper has arrows on the back that the printer reads to be sure your photos are centered/aligned correctly so if you don't change the paper type, it will try to read the paper and will tell you to load paper. I used some dollar store photo paper just to sample it and not waste my good paper and was surprised at how well my prints turned out, especially the borderless. They dried really quickly. It will shake your table a little if it's not on a sturdy table, and you will definately know you're printing because of the noise (not extremely noisey but...)for me this was a good investment. SIDENOTE:If you are going to do a lot of printing and even if you aren't I would recommend looking into a CIS (continuous ink system) for the printer. I purchased one for $70 and it came with the equivalent of $350 worth of ink. The set of refill ink for the system basically 110 ml for each color can be bought for anywhere from $20 - $40 (thats a complete set of 5 bottles) and each bottle contains roughly the equivalent of 7 cartridges.

7:57 am - Sunday, July 4, 2010

#10 Richard Legault

Bought HP B8550 December 2010. Printing quality is not much better than my old Deskjet 710C. Light printing bands can be seen, colors a bit too pronounced and prints systematically too dark. About this last problem, does anyone knows how to correct this problem without color fading... I have tried with Adobe Photoshop Element 9 but whitout much succes. In conclusion, I can not say I am totally satisfied... the only advantage is the choice of paper format.

6:03 pm - Saturday, January 1, 2011

#11 Ben Linford

My HP B8550 is completely and utterly rubbish.
It handles A4 perfectly fine but printing A3 almost always ends up in a paper jam.

12:31 pm - Friday, February 17, 2012