HP 5550 Printer Information
Unique in design and impressive in quality, the HP Deskjet 5550 is an ideal inkjet printer for a home or small office. This unit can create crisp, professional text documents as well as borderless pictures that meet the standards of a photo lab. With a number of built-in features and some upgrade options, users will be able to expand the 5550 if necessary, but benefit from its solid speeds right away.
The selected print mode will determine the output rate and maximum resolution that can be reached. In Draft mode, which is recommended for standard text documents, as many as 17 pages per minute can be printed with a resolution of 300x300 dpi. This mode should only be used for documents that do not require much color or detail. In Best mode, the maximum speed is only 2 pages per minute, but the maximum resolution is 1200x1200 dpi. When printing pictures on photo paper, an enhanced resolution of 4800x1200 dpi provides true-to-life colors, but it takes over a minute to print just one.
The 5550 has a few features that really set it apart from other printers in its class. The Auto-off feature will shut down the machine if idle for 30 minutes, conserving energy, and the Reserve Mode allows the machine to continue printing when one of the HP 5550 ink cartridges is empty. There is also an on-screen indicator for the remaining level of Deskjet 5550 ink.
As for the upgrade options, one is a duplexer, which provides users with the ability to print on both sides of a page. A network adapter can also be purchased to allow multiple people to share it. The most impressive upgrade option, though, involves the printer ink. This is a 4-color unit as standard (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), but that can be expanded to also include light cyan and light magenta. To do this, users can replace the black Deskjet 5550 ink cartridge with the special photo supply, which holds black printer ink as well as the additional light colors. The maximum resolution can only be reached using all six colors of HP 5550 ink.
The edges of the 12.8-pound machine are rounded, rather than the typical square shape, making it appear much more modern. Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems, the 5550 will connect to a computer via USB or parallel port, unless the aforementioned network adapter is used. The memory is not expandable but should be sufficient at 8 MB, and the input paper capacity is 100 sheets, which also cannot be increased. However, the paper tray does support a number of media types, including transparencies, labels, cards, and envelopes.
Though it is not designed to handle the needs of a big office, the 5550 will be useful in a small office or a home. Most of the features of this machine are typical of an inkjet printer, but the unique design and additional HP 5550 ink colors for more vivid photo printing separate it from the pack.