The HP LaserJet 1550 is a monochrome printer that Hewlett Packard markets as both a personal printer and a printer for small office use. And therein lies one of the problems with the 1550; it is a solid performer, but it's a printer without a true segment. However, after some underperformance in the marketplace, the HP LaserJet 1550 can provide good opportunity for home users in terms of specials. The LaserJet 1550 never quite lived up to its billing as a business machine, but it is durable and reliable enough for home use at the right price. Although this machine is getting a little long in the tooth now, but Cartridge Save still offer a full range of HP 1550 toner cartridges.
In terms of practicality, the HP LaserJet 1550 uses a design that works well, and it allows easy internal access for fixing paper jams and for changing HP 1550 toner cartridges. It's taller than it is wide or long and it has a curved face and rounded edges. It also makes ample use of styling cues, such as bevels. Nevertheless, it all looks a little overdone, and it doesn't help that HP went with business white while the home user would have preferred something a little more aggressive. One of the nicest features of the design is its heavy-duty paper tray with see-through cover that slides in and out of the unit.
Despite not being popular, the HP LaserJet 1550 is a solid machine that simply delivers. It prints high-quality monochrome text, and it does so at 600 x 600 dpi at a rate of 18 pages per minute. The HP 1550 toner cartridges yield 5,000 pages, and the paper tray holds 260 sheets. Hewlett Packard conservatively rates it for 10,000 pages per month. The printer is surprisingly lightweight and quiet, has a snappy 133MHz CPU, 8MB RAM and USB 2.0 ports. Hewlett Packard also includes drivers and a nice selection of software for both Windows and Mac OS X users.
Of course, the HP LaserJet 1550 is not without its flaws. Earlier we mentioned that this printer can be a good opportunity for home users; it can be. But when those deals aren't available, the RRP on this unit is too high. Home users can get similar performance cheaper, and offices can get a good multifunction machine at the same rate.