Summary: bought this because it could print up to 12 in wide and 4 ft long. The printer is constantly jamming or saying paper tray is empty when it isn't. Without exception every printing experience has been frustrating and a bad experience. That being said the worst part is the cost of ink. It does print beautiful pictures so this Christmas I ordered a complete set of ink cartridges for this printer.
Summary: If you buy this printer (or any HP Printer) make sure you get the longest extended warranty available. I am on my second B8550 printer, and it is looking like I will need a third. My 3 year extended warranty expires in November. After that I will be out of luck. The printer produces good quality prints, even in the "normal setting". The main problem with printer is it not well made.
Summary: I bought this printer about 3 yrs ago on a Christmas sale for $134 (reg about $350). I absolutely loved it from the start. Set up was easy, photos were fantastic, software was easy-to-use. Inks were reasonable though I usually bought the XL cartridges as they last longer for the larger photos I print. I haven't used it much. I only print large photos with it for my art-photography gallery. But.....and it's a deal breaker for me...
Summary: When I bought this printer, I was very happy with the output quality especially for photos. I had heard it ate ink and that turned out to be very true. But I don't do a lot of printing so I could live with that in order to have large format output. Then 10 months after I bought it, the entire printer processor failed. It still had one month to go on its warranty and hp sent me a replacement printer--a reconditioned one. That worked too again for about 10 months.
Summary: I can't remember when I have been sooooo frustrated with anything in the computer/printer field. I am very sorry I purchased this photoprinter. I have wasted more time, more ink, more paper than what I paid for this printer. My old HP2000C does a more reliable job and EASY job, it just isn't a "photo" printer. Anyone want this one for for half price? Today, I am really, really irritated...again for the 15th. time and with NO WAY TO DETERMINE JUST WHAT "I" AM DOING WRONG.
Summary: I suppose the quality of the prints is great but because more than half of the time, the printer grinds up my paper and makes more noise than a locomotive and goes as fast (rather "slow") as a snail, I am wanting to toss it out of the window-so for me, I am thinking of looking at something else. Anybody have any new suggestions?
Summary: The light color machine was a first choice. The length of the machine is longer than my previous HP. The height is good. The machine is good-looking. This machine is very noisey It functions differently than my previous HP printer which stopped making noise once the print task was finished. This model continues w/it's own tasking noice once printing is complete. Don't know why. Very unpleasant to hear this shuffling ongoing noise.
Summary: I HAVE A 1218 PHOTOSMART PRINTER THERE IS NO PRINTER AROUND LIKE IT.IT IS6 YEARS OLD I CAN PRINT ALL DAY LONG WITH IT BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS USES VERY LITTLE INK. IN FACT I CAN BUY REMANUFACTURED INK THAT IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS HP INK 45/78 CARTARIGES.THIS PRINTS EVERY BIT ASGOOD AS THAT8550 PRINTER THAT IWASTED CLOSE TO 300.00$ FOR WHAT A BIG MISTAKE.LIKE EVERY ONEELSE SAID IT REALLY DRINKS THE INK UP LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE.ANOTHER THING IF YOU ARE A LITTLE LOW ON ANY...
this printer is just average for price range, disappointing upgrade
Military Mommy, Amazon
11 May 2010
Summary: This is the second dedicated photo printer I have purchased from HP. I bought it to replace a Photosmart 8250, which I just plain wore out. I print a lot of pictures for my scrapbooking hobby, and needed a printer that could print 8x11 sheets. This was one of the only ones I found with that capability. I have not used any format larger than the 8x11, so my comments are on printing on 8x11 and 4x6 photo paper. I usually print smaller pictures, 4x6, 3x5 and 3x4.