HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer
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Product Description

Need one printer for everything from photo enlargements to 12 x 12" scrapbook pages to documents? Choose the HP Photosmart B8550. It lets you print excellent-quality photos in a wide range of sizes all the way up to 13 x 19" plus documents. Color management features Print photos with enhanced detail / Dual-drop-volume technology for photos with smooth, even color and fine detail. Memory card compatible Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital High Capacity Card, xD-PictureCard 2 USB (front (1 High Speed device port,) and back ( High Speed host port)) Display 2.4-in LCD (color graphics) - 15 buttons (On; Previous;Photosmart Express; OK; Red Eye Removal; Setup; Help; Zoom +; Zoom -; Left arrow, Right arrow, Up arrow, down arrow; Cancel). 4 LEDs (On LED; Memory Card Slot LED; Red Eye Removal LED; Attention LED) Duplex print options Manual (driver support provided) 125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet (automated 4 x 6-in) photo tray, 50-sheet output tray Unit dimensions 22.83 x 15.31 x 7.13 in (487 x 277 x 677 mm), Maximum - 22.83 x 24.81 x 7.13 in; Product weight 16.7 lb (7.6 kg ) Includes HP 564 Black Ink Cartridge (~250 pages), HP 564 Photo Black Ink Cartridge (~120 4 x 6-in photos), HP 564 Cyan Ink Cartridge (~300 pages), HP 564 Magenta Ink Cartridge (~300 pages), HP 564 Yellow Ink Cartridge (~300 pages), power cord, Software CD HP Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty backed by HP Customer Care For Windows and Macintosh (10.5 or later)

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.

  • 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

Customer Reviews:

  • WOW !!!
    This is very user friendly for your average person

    1. prints 4x6 to 13x19 photos( and other material),has a viewer to help you see pics and correct or enhance etc. without a computer. My only complaint is I can not figure out how to make wallet size, but it is probably user error.

    2.The prints are great . We tried w/ plain paper, HP paper and a generic photo paper and ALL looked great. However, the HP paper w/ the HP printer dOES work best and they are DEFINITELY superior photos to the photos labs develop

    3. Has very intuitive and user friendly software that comes w/it to help you do whatever you want to, prints from iphoto and integrates w/photo shop and iphoto both very easily , make booklets, calendars and more, straight from the printer WITHOUT needing a computer and much more.

    4. having two paper trays is the ultimate in convenience !!

    5. We were able to print photos that came out great with this while a chain photo lab could not print them with good definition.

    6. it is very nice for business, for photos, to create calendars and cards.

    7. We have not had it long enough to know what the ink costs are but
    the photos have been excellent for us and we are using it a lot, so far no refills needed despite heavy usage.

    8. My K class materials print out just as nice as the extremely expensive school printer does.And this prints kids masks and other hard paper projects
    as well .I can do it all from home now.

    I can also print posters , fliers,play programs and all the really neat things kids and parents both love.

    I am impressed at how good a job it does for a much lower cost

    It's the best we've had yet and it is great for those who like to be creative.

    great for those who want to really produce excellent quality creative artistic projects , as well as for everyday business items.
    We make colourful report cards for our clientele and they LOVE them, now we are making educational brochures , next will be business cards....

    This is why we are sold, there is just sooooooooo much we can create that
    is practical and creative.

    For the price, compared to other printers, this is a good buy....more info
  • WOW!!!
    This printer FAR exceeded my expectations. I returned the Epson 1400 because the quality was awful and I couldn't get the colors right no matter what adjustments I did. I have always been a fan of HP but I had read reviews for the 1400 and got it instead. What a disappointment. I returned it and bought the HP 8550 and it is best purchase I have made since my Nikon D50. I printed a borderless 13x19 and the quality is better than anything I have had professionally printed. The ink levels didn't even move. The software takes a little while to load but that's it. If you are looking for a quality photo printer, don't look any further. This is the one for you!...more info
  • More Printer Than Most People Will Need
    This is a printer for the more serious photo enthusiasts. It has the ability to print up to 13x9 pictures, which honestly most people don't need.

    The first major problem I had was with the size. It has a huge footprint, and trying to find someplace to put it was a bit of a problem. Of course if you're the type to print a lot of 13x9 pictures, the size is needed.

    Also no USB cord is provided. That's not really a fault of the printer. Most printers that I have purchased haven't supplied them. So there was no surprise there.

    One major failing of the printer is with the printing of documents. It's designed more for pictures, so documents are a little slow to print.

    Being able to print directly from the camera or memory card is a nice feature. Not sure how much I would use that since I like to move them all to my computer and do any editing and cropping before printing. You can, however, do limited corrections on the printer before printing such as red eye reduction.

    Overall I think it is a good printer, and if you're a serious photo enthusiast it might be the right one for you. If on the other hand, you're more the weekend photo taker, it will probably be more printer than you really need....more info
  • Perfect Printer for the Part-time Pro
    As a long-time photographer and graphic designer, I'm pretty familiar with printing in irregular formats. The HP Photosmart B8550 is the second large-format printer I've owned, and will be replacing an HP Deskjet 1220C for the majority of my photography printing and graphic design work.

    The Photosmart B8550 is a large-format printer, capable of printing photographs and posters as large as 13" x 19". If you just want to print 4" x 6" weekend snapshots or if you don't understand why someone would want to print something so large, this is **NOT** the printer for you. This printer is very, very large and is designed primarily for people who want to print very large photographs and digital images.

    The Physical Object:)
    The Photosmart B8550 is surprisingly sleek and sexy-looking for a large-format printer, and is significantly smaller and more attractive than the 13x19 printer it will be replacing. The LCD screen is bright and clear, and the printer feels solid and well-built.
    The printer's included software integrated quickly and seamlessly with my various photo-editing programs. I was very pleasantly surprised both with how attractive the printer is, and with how well it works with Photoshop, Illustrator, Light Room, Aperture, and iPhoto.

    The Prints:)
    The prints from the Photosmart B8550 are nothing short of superb superb. I have printed 3"x5", 4"x6", and 8.5"x11" photographs and have been awed by the quality of the prints I get from this machine. When using the recommended HP Advanced Photo Paper prints of all sizes tested came out bright and clear and were absolutely dry to the touch within seconds of coming out of the printer.
    The quality of the prints is so good that friends who I have shown them to have been unable to distinguish them from lab-created prints, and two of my friends have had me print enlargements of their wedding photos because they thought the quality of the prints I showed them was BETTER than the prints they got from their professional photographers.
    Speaking from experience, the people who are complaining about the quality of these prints are DEFINITELY doing something wrong. I don't know if they're using the wrong paper, printing on the wrong side of the paper, or using the wrong settings, but if you use the recommended paper and the correct settings on the printer you will get FABULOUS results.

    The Supplies:
    One of the most surprising things about this printer is how affordable the recommended replacement supplies are.
    The paper is surprisingly affordable, with 50-packs of 8.5x11 or 100-packs of 4x6 glossy HP Advanced Photo Paper costing roughly $20. Likewise, the ink is surprisingly cheap, with replacement cartridges being priced at roughly $15 each.
    To put this in perspective, the ink and paper for the large-format Epson printer at my office costs more than twice as much as the supplies for this printer, and the results are markedly inferior.

    The HP Photosmart B8550 is, without a doubt, the finest home printer I have ever owned, and is one of the best 13x19 printers I have ever used. In fact, this is the best printer under $1,000.00 that I have ever used, bar none.
    The print quality is nothing short of outstanding, the wide variety of compatible sizes make this a very versatile printer, and the affordable supplies make this printer a joy to use and excellent for hobbyists and photography enthusiasts.
    While this may not be the printer for everyone it is an excellent choice for anyone who is interested in printing large photographs, and saving a great deal of money by printing enlargements for themselves instead of sending them to a lab.

    I have been enthusiastically recommending the HP Photosmart B8550 to all my photographer friends, and would suggest this to anyone who has a DSLR camera and wants to try printing big, gorgeous pictures of their favorite shots.
    This is the most affordable, highest quality, consumer photo printer I have ever used, and I am constantly surprised by the high quality of the results....more info
  • great printer
    I've always been an HP fan because for me, their products last forever, far beyond their technical obsolescence because I don't throw anything away unless it breaks. My HP 5MP laser printer finally quit after 12 years, but I'm still using my 10 yr old HP Scanjet IICX which just won't die. I look forward to the same great performance in this printer. I've had a similar Epson and a Canon and both died within 2 years, and had constant ink problems. This one was easy to install and set up and has been perfect thus far. Great printer!...more info
  • Bye-Bye Ritz/Wolf Pics
    As a disclaimer, I'm one of those photo-holics that likes to print everything out and and keep a library of photo albums and scrap books.

    Oh, and I'm obsessive about top-quality printing.

    As a result I've been paying top dollar to have my digital prints made at one of the most expensive places in the land, and until now I was very happy with the quality.

    The last time I got a batch of prints, though, I said to myself, "I got to get a photo printer. They have to be able to do as well if not better than this."

    I don't take disappointment well.

    When the opportunity to try out the HP Photosmart B8550 Inkjet Photo Printer, I was primed to jump all over it.

    Initial reaction when I got it, "Wow, it's big."

    We have an HP all in one printer that doesn't take up as much surface space.

    Following the simple instructions-for-dummies, we were able to set the printer up in no time. The only things I was disappointed about not having with the printer is wireless networking and it didn't come with a USB cord.

    Once we fired the printer up, I printed out a small scale color photo and an 8X10 B/W. I have to say the resolution on each was quite good. Certainly no more bad than the recent disappointment with my expensive photo lab, and honestly, quite a bit better.

    Now, I know you're wondering, "Yeah, but then you have to get the paper and the ink and how many photos do you get for that?"

    If you want to compare this to Walmart, Costco, or Walgreen's printing, then it might not feel like much of a deal.

    However, if you've ever been willing to pay $25 for borderless matte prints of top-quality resolution and get your photo cd with it, then this printer will seem like a dream.

    Plus, for those think of taking digital photography up as a hobby (as my husband is), it will be completely handy and worth it to have your print lab at home.

    Overall, I'd recommend this for moderate to serious photo enthusiasts who take the quality of their prints very seriously and perhaps enjoy the sensation of 'control' over the entire photo-producing process....more info
  • Great photo lab prints!
    I have an Epson Photo Stylus 2000p and paid way more than this HP photosmart printer. They are comparable in print quality. You can print small or large and the quality is amazing. What is great about this printer is the cartridge system. If you run out of a certain color just purchase that color. That is one of the reasons I dumped the Epson printer. If you run out a certain color you have to trash the entire cartridge. Set up was a breeze on the macbook. Rather than using the cd's in the box I downloaded the latest drivers online. This is best and saves time in case you encounter a problem. Sometimes the cd's that come with the printer are already outdated. Overall I am very happy with the printer. It is a tad bit large but worth the space used....more info
  • Great Prints Windows Drivers Could use Work
    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. The saving grace is that since we have fewer inks fine tuning the default color profile was not hard. After like 20 small prints I had found a color combination that matched my monitor colors with great accuracy.

    If HP ever gets updated Windows drivers with ICM profiles and that they remember changes better in Photoshop this would be a 5 star printer. The hardware and print quality is all there, all they need is to show better love on their drivers.

    Get the XL inks, worth the extra money. The HP paper is very expensive. Consider paper from other brands and test. The difference in print quality is not much (if any) and the price difference can be significant.
    ...more info
  • Hp B8550 Photosmart printer
    I just purchased the HP B8550 from Amazon. Basically I wanted a large format photo dedicated printer to avoid the photo labs. I like to have total control over my prints. I had thought about a pigment ink printer..but after reading all the reviews and the expense of replacement pigment inks..decided to go with a tried and true HP This printer was originally going to be a standalone..not hooked up to the computer..as I had read reviews where its software causes problems..baloney! Not true..I have windows vista and I have absolutley no problems with this printer.I also own the HP 8250 and the B8550 its comparable to that in quality but a bit slower..so I am going to dedicate my new one for any prints over 8x11...and for just over $200 I can justify this expense as printing to labs can cost $20 each print in 13X19 format and sometimes there work is honestly not that good! The Hp papers are great..I just ordered the advanced soft matte 13X19 for $45.00 for 25 sheets..so I am a happy camper. Another thing... if you go to HP you can get profiles for many other papers so you can use Epson papers just as easily. I have no experience with a pigment ink printer so not qualified to comment on comparisons..but this is one sweet printer!...more info
  • One really annoying bug spoils it for me
    I have exactly the same problem as D.P Shroeder. When printing borderless on any size paper with any photo, the printer crops about a quarter of an inch off each edge. Top, bottom and both sides.
    I have spent the last 3 weeks with HP trying to fix the problem and they have had me running in circles. At various times they have told me it's a printer problem so they sent me a new printer, an Adobe problem so I removed all Adobe software from my machine, my computer fault so I tried 3 others. The latest theory is that it's Windows XP at fault.
    So right now, I would say if you care about borderless, give this printer a miss....more info
  • Great photo printer for the amateur to the enthusiast
    The HP B8550 is my first Photo Printer; I'm more of an amateur, with a passing interest in photography. I print out the occasional 8x10", but more often, buy my 4x6" prints from Adorama or Shutterfly. The B8550 is probably overkill for my needs, but it's nice to have a printer of this capability.

    Others have said that $299 is too expensive for a home photo printer, but from my viewpoint, $299 is an excellent price slot for a mid-range photo printer. $299 is pretty reasonable considering its capabilities.

    Initial thoughts:

    The printer is much larger than I thought it would be, about 2 feet in width!, but since it's advertised as being able to print 13 x 19 prints, it needs to be. It comes in an iPod white plastic casing that feels pretty solid. There are multiple feed trays, a USB and power connection in the back. At the front, are various CF/SD/Media slots which enable you to directly connect your camera to the printer without the need for your computer to be turned on. There is a popup-mini 2.4" LCD screen which enables you to view the pictures, along with various external buttons for adjustments.

    It uses multiple ink wells which have an expiration date of ~ 2 years (June 2010), just to keep in mind. Replacement could be expensive, at $28 a pop for retail on Amazon. That could run you $150 just to replace all of the cartridges. However, I'd suggest eBay as a potential cost-effective alternative. You can get about half a dozen replacement, genuine HP, ink cartridges for $30-40 (total!) there.

    Biggest complaint about the 8550 as others have mentioned- no USB cord! While it's a $299 mid-range machine, a USB cord only costs a few dollars to the manufacturer, and would go a long way towards convenience and initial setup. However, I did appreciate the inclusion of 4x6" paper samples with which to test the printer.

    Print quality- surprisingly fast, gorgeous pictures. I did notice a slight difference with say, pictures printed from a professional printer, but these are pretty darn good for a home printer. For testing, I didn't print anything larger than an 8x10, and my camera is kind of sucky, but from what I saw, the print quality is fantastic. Which brings me to my next point- you won't be saving any money using this to print 4x6s; save this one for the 5x7, 8x10s, and larger sizes.

    So here's the summary.


    - Capability to print up to 13 x 19 is handy.
    - Fast, good quality print making for the home office
    - Can buy cheaper ink cartridges off eBay.
    - Ability to use the mini-LCD without turning on computer.
    - Solid build quality


    - No USB cord.
    - $28/retail ink well is still pretty expensive.
    - Some installation quirks.

    The lack of a USB cord really bothers me, and I'd give it 4.5 stars, because the print quality is fantastic for a mid-range printer. However, I don't want to round up and give it 5 stars, so 4 stars it is. You can pick up a cheap USB cord from Amazon....more info
  • What a buy
    I have had this printer now for about 6 weeks. Printed 8 of my top photographs at 13 inches by 19 inches and ran out of yellow and photo black ink. Now I know that the inks that come with the unit are not "full" and I do hope I get a better run from the new XL cartridges. Apart from that I am over the moon with the results of the prints. Crisp clear and they look great at this size. Not a problem to set up but the setup did something to my registry settings and it now takes forever to boot. If your interested in large format printing from an 8mp camera then this is a good buy. I am more than just satisfied with the purchase. The pics are sellable....more info
  • Good enough to hang on my wall
    I've been really happy with the prints that have come out of this printer. I'm not a pro photographer, but I do like to hang my best work on my walls. I used to order my large prints online, but at $20 a pop I found it easy to justify this purchase. By my math, this printer is only worth it if you are going to print large prints. The 4x6 and 5x7 are just too cheap to print at a kiosk or online, and I didn't feel like I'd ever break even if I just printed those. Though it would still be a lot more convenient.

    I'm very impressed by the quality of the prints from this printer. Photos printed on this printer hang right next to photos from professional print labs, and I can't tell the difference.

    The printer was fairly easy to setup. I have Windows Vista (64-bit) which made me worry that there wouldn't be drivers, but I had no problems. I wish the printer was wireless or network capable, so I could hide the monster in a closet somewhere, but for the size prints this is capable of it doesn't take up "that much" space. At least it looks good since it's sitting on my desk....more info
  • Amazing. Simply amazing.
    To be honest, this should be a 4.5 star review in light of some software issues, but the printer does such a fantastic job that I thought I should round the stars UP rather than down. I'm truly thrilled with this printer, and that's that. If only HP could streamline their software, this would be a full 5 star review.

    I've printed at least 2 dozen prints -- 4x6, 5x7, 8.5x11, HP paper, Epson paper, Staples paper, etc. -- and I have great difficulty determining that ANY of these did not come from a professional photo lab. In fact, I'd told a friend that I'd received this great printer, and when I presented him with a gorgeous 5x7 of a group of us, he asked me where I went to have my photo developed! The output is THAT good. The only output complaint I have is that every once in a while one gets some very shallow linear scratches to the glossy finish, but they are so incredibly small, you have to hold up the photos to a light at a specific angle. This is being very picky, and it's truly a NON-ISSUE for me.

    Some have claimed to have had problems with ink drying time, but I have not: prints are dry within 15-30 seconds, though I do let them sit for a minute or two just in case. I tried smearing the "wet" ink on one after 10 seconds, and there was no smearing, so, if one uses HP Advanced Photo paper, or any of the premium glossy papers I've tried, I do not forsee any such problems.

    My biggest problems in terms of print output are of the software variety. I have not been able to determine whether this is an HP or a Corel issue (on the computer I have connected this printer to, I use either Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 or Jasc PSP 9, which is the basis for the Corel software, since Corel bought out Jasc and built their PSP series on this Jasc platform), but there are some differences in inch standards between these software packages and the HP printer software: I can edit pictures to print to a standard paper size (let's say 5x7 here) and crop photos to either those exact dimensions or at least to preserve that particular aspect ratio, but when I then send the photo to this printer via the HP software, the preview shows gaps along the "borderless" photo preview on both of either the 5" or 7" sides. This is true of 4x6" photos as well. I have not been able to figure out which software is to blame for having dubious "inches," but I've created a work-around that I've found totally satisfying...

    I do edit ALL photos I take with photo editing software before printing, so what I do to work around this problem is create the output crop to be a 5.1"x7.1" (aspect ratio preserved) photo. Then, I save the file to a SD/SDHC card, stick it into the printer directly, and then the photo is centered on the printer's preview screen, and it prints perfectly along ALL borders. I know that this is not perhaps the solution a professional photographer would like, but for a amateur photographer like me who does some not-so-amateur digital photo processing, the output is astounding, and this workaround is not a significant problem.

    I would be remiss, though, if I did not refer you to the truly exhaustive technical review on the sub-par HP software that the reviewer named "Bond... James Bond '007.5'" wrote. It points out some software glitches and the resource-hog multi-process problems that do exist with the bundled HP software. As far as I've seen, all he writes is accurate. The issues are slightly different with the Vista 64-bit OS I'm using, but the differences are not significant enough to enumerate.

    One bug that I have also found is in HP's attempt to load its "HP Smart Web Printing 4.0" into all browsers. It is not compatible with Firefox 3.0.4, and it's fairly easy to disable there; however, reading the problems "Bond" experienced trying to uninstall it from IE, I'm not looking forward to that operation.

    The printer software interface is not all that user-friendly either. I'm used to Epson's multi-tabbed affairs that have literally pages of options. HP seems at first to have the same approach, but, actually, some, but not all (!!!) of the tabs are mutually-exclusive: whichever tab you print from will be the set of options chosen. So, if you think you've set one option on one tab and move to another and print from it, that other tab's setting may have just been negated. This will take some getting used to, and I can't pretend I quite comprehend this interface yet, but I've simply been bypassing it by saving my edited photos to SDHC cards and printing them directly from the printer with WONDERFUL results.

    These praises and complaints I've noted in my experience with this printer and its software are typical of what I've experienced with HP in the past (I am writing this on an HP Pavilion Media Center m8430f, so I know what I'm talking about) is that HP hardware tech is formidable and wonderful stuff -- but their software? Not so much. Very much resource-hogging, non-necessary stuff that drags down your system and creates quite a few glitches.

    There are so many other features I could comment on, but this review is waxing long. Suffice it to say that I'm absolutely thrilled with this printer, and I'd recommend it in an instant; however, I'd do so with the caveat that it's probably best used as a stand-alone, not hooked up to any computer (to avoid the software issues), simply used to print photos one has edited on a non-connected computer and saved to SDHC media to print directly from the printer without software interaction. If that's how one chooses to use this printer, I think they'll have a 5-star experience!...more info
  • Promised a lot.
    The Photosmart is not as easy to assemble and use on a daily basis as might appear on the small thumbnail picture. It takes forever to print and I've tried tweaking the printer. When you take a print out of a colored photograph, expect it to be limited because there was a greenish tinge to mine. It doesn't come with a usb cable to attach to your computer so good luck with finding that small accessory. Also HP software takes forever to download..overall this is not a printer meant for an office and even for home use, I think it's quite slow. The compartment for keeping the A4 sheets was slghtly comfortable. The best thing about it is the fact that I didn't need to pay for it and that's not saying a lot. This now rests in the corner of my apartment and collects dust and newspapers. Takes about a minute to start processing a print out....more info