Rated 5 out of 5Â by PunchCardCharlie Superb Printer - Extremely pleased
This is an outstanding printer. It is easy to setup - CAVEAT - this printer has a larger foot print than the HP 3600dn Color LaserJet it replaced. Two people are recommended for lifting as it weighs almost 80 lbs. Packaging allows for slide out. The printer will fit on a typical particle-board self assembly printer table. You will want clearance on the side for tray 1 envelopes, etc. and on the front to open tray 2 for paper. It holds an entire ream 500 sheets in the standard tray. Also, a 500 sheet output bin. Nice when printing multiple copies of books or long documents. Configuration is an easy straight-forward process. Just follow the directions. Power on, then connect your ethernet cable. USB is supported, although I did not need it. Easy to set a manual IP, or it defaults with an assigned IP address. Allows for printing from the internet. I did have an issue with the HP Connect, but was able to add my device. I expect it will work after my password issue with HP Connect is resolved. Speed is fantastic - as advertised! First page out in 11 seconds. Comes with a setup and driver disk . Allows for HP WebAdmin as a download. This unit has a tremendous amount of information with the embedded web server. Just type the device IP address into your browser and it is all there. Supplies, security, ePrint setup, and much, much more! The most extensive web menus I have seen with many years of experience and setup of other printers.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by PrintOLot Wonderful printer
I purchased this printer for home use so I don't have to be at work to print out contracts and emails. The printer is FABULOUS! The speed is great and print quality is beautiful. I think my printer is superior to the ones we have at work (I work at a mid-size company with $2B+ market cap). I am having some troubles with my VPN access, but IT is helping me sort that out. I purchased the JetDirect 2700W device to make it a wireless printer. It doesn't fit into the back USB slot and is in the front of our printer, but is working out just fine. I love the AirPrint capabilities and have been printing from my phone -- no problem. AMAZING. Hubby was reluctant to purchase thinking we didn't need to improve print quality. He is impressed compared to our junk/slow inkjet printer and now he is sold. Can't believe how fast first page comes out and full documents are printed (I regularly print documents > 100 pages).
November 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by June29 Great expanded features
Laser Jet 500 color M551 has great capacity, terrific speed and expanded features, these include: remote access port, continuous internet support to maximize printing capabilities, easy digital readout, instant toner status, auto 2-sided printing ,prints both color and black and white in the same file and adjustable tray for envelopes and cards. M551 is a joy to use! esp. with large volumes.
September 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Marketing Everything I needed at a price I couldn't resist
I did a lot of research on color laser printers before picking this model, so my decision was not light-hearted. I demoed models from all the major companies and found this one to be the best in its class for the price. I use this printer for printing flyers on glossy paper, and unlike many laser printers out there, this one can handle all types of glossy paper with no problem. The auto-duplexing works quickly and doesn't jam which is another great feature I needed. The resolution and color look great, and it ships with FULL color ink cartridges, not starter packs like most printers. I installed it as a network printer and setup was a breeze! The only issue I encountered was my virus protection program had to be temporarily shut off in order for the setup to work. I'm very impressed by how quickly the first page prints out of sleep mode. I would definitely recommend this model.
September 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rexx2 Picky picky
Just purchased this printer. It works great, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a color laserjet. The price is a real bargin (see discussion below). However, I'm going to be picky picky.
The drivers for the Mac (OX 10.6.x) are wanting. Some applications do not use the duplex, two-sided printing. That works (mostly) with MS Word and Acrobat. It would be great if HP would post those appications that do not print in the duplex mode.
The colors from this mode are not as true as my $100 HP inkjet. Pantone maroon prints a little darker, almost black, on this printer out of the box. Possibly this is an issue with any laserjet using this technology (versus something like the inkjets or the Xerox Phaser wax-based technology).
Now the price point. Here's a fact. the printer is priced currently at $899. If you purchase the cartridges, all five, you pay $1096. Even if you include the 10% discount, the cost of the cartridges are more than the cost of a new printer!! Really? So, if you purchase this printer, instead of buying toner, just buy a new printer when the cartridges expire. You'll save money, and you get new fusers, which are also very expensive!
February 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Fishingman Works like a charm.
The only negative was I thought we were getting a wireless unit. However, quick call to customer service (talked with an agent immediately) and realized we needed an ethernet connection. Installed the ethernet and were off and printing. We bought HP because we've had a 2200D for more than 10 years. It still works dependably (use it now for smaller jobs). It is also very slow in printing pdfs. The new one is much faster. Color separation is excellent. So far after two weeks the 550 is highly recommended.
January 23, 2013