Summary: Good looking printer. After warranty expired it's the only one positive thing I can tell about it. It doesn't work properly, prints have no straight vertical lines, some strange noises are coming from it, no way of printing photos. It visited service twice. I had a DJ690c in the past and after 5 years of use the only thing to replace was one small thing in paper feeder. DJ5550 is a piece of junk.
Summary: I previously had a 722c HP Printer that worked like a miracle. It lasted forever. Actually it still works, but it just got too slow so I bought the 5550. It worked great initially, but just shortly after 1 year, it went nuts. All its lights would flash and nothing was working properly. So now its just sitting there in my room. Its pretty disappointing since I expected all HPs to be of the same quality as the 722c. Too bad.
Summary: Printed great for a little over a year (the duration of the warranty) and then it quit and just flashed all it's lights at us. We're told by a printer repair tech that the logic board is dead.
Summary: I purchased this printer as a 'step up' from my HP895 CXi... I wish I still had my previous printer! The 5550 is marketed as the top of the line... it uses MUCH more ink, the ink cartridges are much smaller and cost more than the 895's cartridges, and HP now has added a third cartridge, just for photo quality prints.
Summary: While the reviews as far as print quality are right-on, I find it criminal that HP continues to place us on a "subscription" service for their inkjet cartridges. You void a warranty if you use refilled cartridges and you wind up paying about twenty nine a month on typical printing volumes. Thus you get a great quality printer, and you then spend a ton by being hooked on black inkjet carts...oh, HP recently lowered the amount of ink so you'd run out quicker..
Summary: I've always been loyal to HP, and I have owned both inkjet & laser HP printers. I was happy with my last inkjet (HP DeskJet 895cxi), so I was confident in buying another HP. Unfortunately, the DeskJet 5550 was incredibly loud, and shook so hard it rocked my heavy filing cabinet. The narrow paper tray makes loading paper difficult, yet it's even larger overall than previous designs. I ended up returning it, and I'm now looking at Epson and Canon printers.
Summary: I have owned and used HP printers for about 10 years and have always been satisfied with their quality and speed. Having moved my office to my home I knew it was time to upgrade my printer from a HP 712C to something that would print graphics and photos a little quicker. My wife purchased the 5550 for me for Xmas which made me quite happy. While installing it, the first thing I noticed is that the quality of the plastic housing is not what it used to be.