Taking A Look At The HP Color LaserJet 4550 Printer

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The 4550 weighs in at a hefty 112 pounds, so keep that in mind if moving the printer is going to be required on occasion. It's also a fairly large model, coming in at nearly 23 inches high and 16 inches wide. It'll take up a sizable corner of a desk, in other words. However, its size is more than acceptable when the performance of this printer is taken into account, because it's outstanding.

One such indicator of outstanding performance is the 4550's ability to print black-and-white product in a fairly speedy manner, at 16 pages per minute. Because color print jobs will emerge with a high level of quality, the printer is a bit slower at delivering copy. Still, four pages per minute puts its solidly in the performance ballpark for a quality color laser printer, it must be said.

In general, it's easy enough to connect the 4550 to most networked workgroups because the printer makes use of standard wired technologies. This includes an older-style parallel port, which might seem a bit outdated, but which is also extremely easy to connect to most any network. The 4550 is also certified for use with Windows Vista and a variety of other Windows operating systems, as well as Mac OSs.

When it comes to the quality of the print the 4550 with C4127A toner will put out, it's fairly standard at 600 dots per inch (dpi), though that's not a criticism of the printer. Any print job sent to the unit will, in fact, come out looking nice enough, with crisp and clear print that shows no evidence of blurring or smearing. With a 233 MHz processor and 64 MB of RAM, the 4550 will also be capable enough at handling multiple tasks.

When it comes to the different kinds of media stock the printer can handle, the key word is diverse. This means that envelopes, transparencies, labels, semi-gloss photo paper and plain paper will all be taken on board and utilized in an efficient manner. The HP 4550 can also hold up to 400 sheets of paper, meaning it'll go for quite some time before needing any sort of refill.

Hewlett-Packard printers are known for their durability and the 4550 is no exception. It comes with a maximum monthly duty cycle of 35,000 sheets, meaning that it'll be quite a while before the 4550 will need anything outside of normal and required maintenance, except for occasional replacement of its printer toner cartridges. There are four of them, by the way; magenta, yellow, cyan and black.

The HP Color LaserJet 4550 printer was the first of its kind offered by Hewlett-Packard. Prior to its introduction, no other HP printer was able to perform the kind of publishing tasks, when it came to such documents, that the HP 4550 does as a matter of course. It can also be managed via remote web interface, making it fairly versatile. Under $1,000, good refurbished models are available with a bit of searching.

Searching online will also show some great prices when it comes to the HP Color LaserJet 4550 cartridges. The quality of HP 27X toner cartridge is what produces these amazing prints and having some extra laser toner cartridges around means this machine will continue working for you.

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