HP OfficeJet J4550 Thermal Inkjet All In One Color Printer
by James Mitchell
HP Officejet J4550
The HP OfficeJet J4550 is an all-in-one printer with the capability to scan, fax, and copy. It prints in both color and black & white using HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing technology.
Speeding through any print job, it puts out black and white at up to 28ppm, color at up to 22ppm, and can print full-color photos in as little at 26 seconds. Image quality is great at up to 600x600 dpi rendered black, and as much as 4800x1200 dpi optimized when using select HP Premium Photo papers.
Automatic photo printing features include HP Auto Red-Eye Removal and HP Adaptive Lighting. Running out of paper isn’t a problem with the 100 sheet capacity input tray, nor is having your prints fall on the floor with a 20 sheet capacity output tray.
The USB 2.0 connection makes for fast data transfer, and with 2 phone jacks, one in and one out, you can connect a phone so you don’t have to worry about tying up a phone jack. Faxes are sent blazing-fast at up to 33.6kbps, and with the 20-page automatic document feeder you don’t have to sit there feeding pages in one by one.
My experience using this HP Officejet printer has been great. The Optical Character Recognition feature is great and saves huge amounts of time when it comes to scanning documents that you need to edit. I use
it all the time for schoolwork, it makes my worksheets look neat and professional and cuts the time I need to do them in half.
I don’t do a whole lot of faxing, but when I do, I’ve yet to have an issue using this HP OfficeJet J4550 all-in-one. The keypad on the front makes it easy to set up the fax and dial the number in, and the auto-feeder really does save time by feeding the pages itself instead of me having to do it.
The print quality is spectacular, pictures print with sharp lines and good color contrast even on normal paper, and with 3 print speeds you can get a 10-page essay printed out in under 30-seconds, great when you’re rushing to get ready for class.
I had no problem setting it up, just clip in the cartridges, plug in the A/C cable, connect it via USB, and run the software disc. The cartridges it uses are HP 901 color and black & white, which cost about $30 each and usually last me 6 months, a pretty good value in my opinion.
I received this HP OfficeJet J4550 printer for a Christmas present about 2 years ago, and I’ve used it almost daily ever since. Overall I give this printer a 9/10, for the price ($180 new, $70 used/refurbished) I don’t think you can get a better one.