by October 11, 2002 0 comments



This printer is likely to knock you off your feet with its good looks. It’s a sleek, mid-range color inkjet, having a maximum optimized print resolution of 4800×1200 dpi. It has an automatic paper-type sensor, which adjusts print settings for the best print quality. There’s even an ink backup-printing mode that allows you to complete your print job even when one cartridge runs out. It supports both USB 2.0 and parallel port interfaces, and it can hook to an optional HP JetDirect Print server or network printing. Another optional duplexer unit for 2-sided printing is also available for this printer. The printer can do borderless and 4×6 inch photo printing.

This good-looking printer adjusts print settings for the best print quality

Snapshot
HP DESKJET 5550 PRINTER
Price:
Rs 9,999 for printer (one-year warranty); Rs 1119, 1864, and 1367 for black, tri-color, and photo cartridges,
respectively
Meant
for: 
Home/office users
Feature:
Maximum resolution of 4800×1200 dpi, USB 2.0 interface, 8 MB built-in RAM, easy print screen captures, and borderless 4×6 inch photos, automatic paper-type sensor, ink backup printing
Pros:
Good graphics printing, affordable price
Contact:
Hewlett-Packard India, New Delhi
Tel: 
011-6196144—6
E-mail
seema_dawar@hp.com 

We tested this printer in all four printing modes it supports–best, normal, everyday and fastdraft. The maximum speed while printing full-page text was about 9 ppm using the black cartridge. Printing at everyday and normal modes reduced it further to 4 and 2 ppm respectively. All speeds were lower than rated, which always seems be the case with all inkjets. On the quality front, the text was clearly readable even in the fastdraft mode. Graphics and lineart images were smooth and maintained the continuity of the fine lines. The images printed on photo quality paper were very clear 

The printer comes with black, tri-color and photo print cartridges (for taking colorful photo quality print). Among these, it can take two cartridges at a time, and you can swap between the tri-color and photo print cartridges. It has drivers all desktop versions of Windows and Mac. The cost per print per page for the printer is Rs 1.90 with the black cartridge, Rs 4.70 with color, and Rs 11 with the photo cartridge. 

The Bottom Line: A printer with good quality prints and an affordable running cost.

Amboo Srivastava and Sanjay Majumder at PCQ Labs

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