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HP Photosmart B8550 A3+ Inkjet - Print Speeds & Running Costs

By Simon Williams



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  • Value 7
  • Print Quality 8
  • Print Speed 6
  • Features 8


February 3, 2013, 5:34 pm

I have this printer and bought it when I was in a college digital photography course. I purchased it mainly to print photos for class. I printed a lot of black and white photos with large amounts of blank ink and I was very pleased with the quality of photos and the richness of the black. However it does take a lengthy amount of time for printing to start and complete. I also noticed that when the printer went unused for a longer period of time than a couple days, the prints are completely ruined even when the ink cartridges are new. The ink seems to dry out after being unused for a week or so. The colors look bleached almost like the printer is out of ink. So even if I purchased brand new cartridges, printed a couple prints and then waited 2 weeks to print more, I would have to purchase a completely new set of cartridges before printing. This became extremely expensive. Also, now that I am no longer printing as many photos, I've moved to using it for more basic text print-outs such as emails and forms etc. The same problem goes for these documents. I can replace every cartridge and my black cartridge will be basically full, but if I don't use the printer for awhile, it prints faded black copies and don't even think about printing color. I'm tired of replacing the cartridges every time I print 2 pages.


September 30, 2013, 5:21 pm

Sounds like your print heads are simply drying up, you shouldn't need to buy a new cartridge to unblock them. Google Magic Bullet cleaning solution which may help as my printer also gets blocked if not used for some time

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