HP (Hewlett-Packard) LaserJet M551 Laser Printer

33 ppm, 1200x1200 dpi, Color, 1 GB, PC/Mac - MPN: CF081ABGJ
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Professional color, intuitive manageability, and world-class extensibility-all for an outstanding value. Help your business prints make more of an impact-produce high-quality color marketing materials and more. Count on HP for energy-saving features.
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Printer Type Color Laser Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes, Network RJ-45 Yes
Included Network Card Gigabit Ethernet
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 33 ppm
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Love this printer
5 Star Review   By EmeraldBayUser on HP - Dec 30, 2011   

I've never written a review but I was frustrated when I set out to get a new printer, and the newest printers didn't have many reviews. (This one had 4.) For starters, I'm a Mac user. I've owned 3 HP LaserJet B&W printers over the years, all solid performers (3P, 6P, 2300). I also own an Okidata color laser printer that I purchased just before Apple came out with OSX. Color print quality is fantastic but Okidata was slow and incomplete in developing Mac printer drivers. It's always had paper feeder issues so I don't rely on it for regular use. I purchased and returned a Canon Color Laser MFP a year ago because the color quality was awful. I purchased this new HP for home and some business use, and it's probably more printer than I need but I don't like the flimsiness of the lower end HP Laser printers. And inkjet? Not a chance. I ordered the printer from Staples who delivered it free of shipping charges the next day. Setup took about 8 seconds for basic functionality. For Mac Lion OS 10.7, you don't use the enclosed CD; to get the printer driver you have to plug the printer directly to computer with a USB printer cable (not included and BTW no one includes them), and then update your Apple software. THEN, disconnect the USB cable and use an ethernet cable (CAT5) to connect the printer to wireless router (I use Airport Extreme). Worked perfectly. As an alternative, I tried connecting the printer to my Airport Extreme by USB cable, and it was much slower AND you can't use the HP ePrint feature for iPhone/iPad printing. The computer needs an IP address. At any rate, the print quality in B&W and color are flawless. The color match with the computer screen is dead-on. The printer noise isn't the issue some reviews have noted. It's no louder than any printer I've used. I probably wouldn't want to sit next to it if it was printing a thousand copies but that's true of any printer. That's what wireless networks are for. In Ready mode (vs. Sleep mode), it's perfectly quiet. (My Okidata color laser printer in Ready mode, for example, is very loud even when it isn't printing.) Replacement toner is off-the-charts expensive, but it is what it is. I've found this to be true of all color laser printers. Anyway, I'm a fan. I highly recommend this printer.

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Nice choice for general purpose printing
4 Star Review   By DenverAl on HP - Nov 29, 2011   

Good color, crisp black and white. Setup using a Network connection was simple using the Win7 operating system on my home network. I got some Photo paper with matte finish to try and it really makes photos look quite good compared to normal paper, which looks adequate. I do like the 1200 DPI print output better than the 600 dpi so consider that if you are looking for good resolution color prints. I like the first page out immediately with the fast first page setting. I need to look into the power save options a bit more since it seems to stay on by default, that part of the screen menus was not super clear. Printer has a color LCD screen so that is nice. I got this model because I was tired of buying injet ink and having it dry out after a few pages when the printer sits idle. Overall so far I am satisfied and would recommend the HP Color laserjet for general purpose printing in color or monochrome.

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Color little dark, fan noise
4 Star Review   By Implant2th on HP - Nov 24, 2011   

Color is little off comparing other product. It was not natural. Little darker than image on the monitor. Fan noise is very annoying. Printing speed is fast but not fast enough for complex images(multiple images on one page). Black and white image is good at details. Best so far from any Hp printers I have. I have ten HP B&W and color laser printers. The ePrint is good but no AirPrint features. Disappointed. I like fast B&W print and quality. Paper handling is good. Color menu LCD is somewhat too small for the sophisticated menu. I had to use web interface. The power connector is located on the side, so printer placement could be limited. The side extra paper tray limits the location of printer next to other instrument. The sum of four ink cartridge costs more the printer. Should I buy another printer or cartridges? PLEASE BE REASONABLE. Lower your cartridge price, and give incentives for returning your used one.

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Worst Printer Ever
1 Star Review   By printguru on HP - Nov 15, 2011   

If you're planning on using this printer in-house to print brochures or flyers I would definitely save your money. When I bought this printer there were no reviews available because it was a new product. I wish I had waiting for published reviews before purchasing this printer. There are several problems with this printer. 1st-this printer smears colored ink when you print more than 10 pieces at a time if you’re using a lot of graphics. This means if you’re printing 100 flyers you need to print about 10 at a time so the printer can clean itself in-between jobs…unless you want ink smeared all over your flyer. 2nd –the printer does not come with very many standard card sizes and envelopes already installed. So, if you’re going to print on any type of standard card or envelope like an A7 you’re going to have to create a custom size and then hope the printer takes the envelope in the direction you insert it. 3rd-for a new printer I would expect that it would be quieter than the one we bought several years back, but it is not. This is probably the loudest and worst printer (color or non) I have bought in the last 10 years. So if you’re planning on putting this someplace where people are speaking on the phone or with each other then this isn’t the printer for you. I would not recommend this printer to anyone for any reason.

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A Great Printer
5 Star Review   By RIFTOX on HP - Nov 12, 2011   

After six years happily using an HP LaserJet Color 3550, I replaced it with this M551n printer. Set up of the printer was very easy and very quick. The CD that came with the printer provided the proper driver for my Windows 7 64 bit operating system. My computer immeditatley recognized it and away we began printing. It prints both black and color documents very quickly, holds lots of paper, and goes to sleep fairly quickly, at which time it is silent. After printing, it makes a few knocking sounds, then goes into a rest mode. The knocking is initially unsettling, but it doesn't seem to affect the quality of the print or the overall performance of the printer. I've had it for about three weeks and think it is a great printer. I would certainly recommend this printer to someone that wants trouble-free printing of both black and white and color documents.

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Product Details
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Professional color, intuitive manageability, and world-class extensibility-all for an outstanding value. Help your business prints make more of an impact-produce high-quality color marketing materials and more. Count on HP for energy-saving features.
Quick Glance
Printer Type Color Laser Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes, Network RJ-45 Yes
Included Network Card Gigabit Ethernet
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 33 ppm
Summary
Product Title HP (Hewlett-Packard) LaserJet M551 Laser Printer
Manufacturer HP (Hewlett-Packard)
Lowest Price $409.99 from B&H Photo-Video
Power Score 3.8 | 5 Reviews
Printing
Color Print Speed: 33 ppm
Media Handling
Media Size: A4 - 8.27" x 11.69", Letter - 8.50" x 10.98", Legal - 8.50" x 14.02", Custom Size
Paper Handling Support: Plain Paper, Light Paper, Bond Paper, Recycled Paper, Heavy Media, Glossy Paper, Card Stock, Transparency, Label, Letterhead, Envelope, Pre-punched Paper, Preprinted Paper, Color Paper, Rough Paper
Standard Input Sheet Capacity: 600 sheets
General
Monthly Duty Cycle: 75000 pages per month
General Features: USB Direct Printing Yes, Manual Duplex Printing
Dimensions
Height: 15.2 in
Width: 20.2 in
Depth: 19.3 in
Weight: 74.80 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Ink Color System: 4 Color
Processor Speed: 800 MHz
Print Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Automated Duplex Printing: Manual
Installed Memory: 1 GB
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User Reviews
Love this printer
5 Star Review   By EmeraldBayUser on HP - Dec 30, 2011   

I've never written a review but I was frustrated when I set out to get a new printer, and the newest printers didn't have many reviews. (This one had 4.) For starters, I'm a Mac user. I've owned 3 HP LaserJet B&W printers over the years, all solid performers (3P, 6P, 2300). I also own an Okidata color laser printer that I purchased just before Apple came out with OSX. Color print quality is fantastic but Okidata was slow and incomplete in developing Mac printer drivers. It's always had paper feeder issues so I don't rely on it for regular use. I purchased and returned a Canon Color Laser MFP a year ago because the color quality was awful. I purchased this new HP for home and some business use, and it's probably more printer than I need but I don't like the flimsiness of the lower end HP Laser printers. And inkjet? Not a chance. I ordered the printer from Staples who delivered it free of shipping charges the next day. Setup took about 8 seconds for basic functionality. For Mac Lion OS 10.7, you don't use the enclosed CD; to get the printer driver you have to plug the printer directly to computer with a USB printer cable (not included and BTW no one includes them), and then update your Apple software. THEN, disconnect the USB cable and use an ethernet cable (CAT5) to connect the printer to wireless router (I use Airport Extreme). Worked perfectly. As an alternative, I tried connecting the printer to my Airport Extreme by USB cable, and it was much slower AND you can't use the HP ePrint feature for iPhone/iPad printing. The computer needs an IP address. At any rate, the print quality in B&W and color are flawless. The color match with the computer screen is dead-on. The printer noise isn't the issue some reviews have noted. It's no louder than any printer I've used. I probably wouldn't want to sit next to it if it was printing a thousand copies but that's true of any printer. That's what wireless networks are for. In Ready mode (vs. Sleep mode), it's perfectly quiet. (My Okidata color laser printer in Ready mode, for example, is very loud even when it isn't printing.) Replacement toner is off-the-charts expensive, but it is what it is. I've found this to be true of all color laser printers. Anyway, I'm a fan. I highly recommend this printer.

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Nice choice for general purpose printing
4 Star Review   By DenverAl on HP - Nov 29, 2011   

Good color, crisp black and white. Setup using a Network connection was simple using the Win7 operating system on my home network. I got some Photo paper with matte finish to try and it really makes photos look quite good compared to normal paper, which looks adequate. I do like the 1200 DPI print output better than the 600 dpi so consider that if you are looking for good resolution color prints. I like the first page out immediately with the fast first page setting. I need to look into the power save options a bit more since it seems to stay on by default, that part of the screen menus was not super clear. Printer has a color LCD screen so that is nice. I got this model because I was tired of buying injet ink and having it dry out after a few pages when the printer sits idle. Overall so far I am satisfied and would recommend the HP Color laserjet for general purpose printing in color or monochrome.

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Color little dark, fan noise
4 Star Review   By Implant2th on HP - Nov 24, 2011   

Color is little off comparing other product. It was not natural. Little darker than image on the monitor. Fan noise is very annoying. Printing speed is fast but not fast enough for complex images(multiple images on one page). Black and white image is good at details. Best so far from any Hp printers I have. I have ten HP B&W and color laser printers. The ePrint is good but no AirPrint features. Disappointed. I like fast B&W print and quality. Paper handling is good. Color menu LCD is somewhat too small for the sophisticated menu. I had to use web interface. The power connector is located on the side, so printer placement could be limited. The side extra paper tray limits the location of printer next to other instrument. The sum of four ink cartridge costs more the printer. Should I buy another printer or cartridges? PLEASE BE REASONABLE. Lower your cartridge price, and give incentives for returning your used one.

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Worst Printer Ever
1 Star Review   By printguru on HP - Nov 15, 2011   

If you're planning on using this printer in-house to print brochures or flyers I would definitely save your money. When I bought this printer there were no reviews available because it was a new product. I wish I had waiting for published reviews before purchasing this printer. There are several problems with this printer. 1st-this printer smears colored ink when you print more than 10 pieces at a time if you’re using a lot of graphics. This means if you’re printing 100 flyers you need to print about 10 at a time so the printer can clean itself in-between jobs…unless you want ink smeared all over your flyer. 2nd –the printer does not come with very many standard card sizes and envelopes already installed. So, if you’re going to print on any type of standard card or envelope like an A7 you’re going to have to create a custom size and then hope the printer takes the envelope in the direction you insert it. 3rd-for a new printer I would expect that it would be quieter than the one we bought several years back, but it is not. This is probably the loudest and worst printer (color or non) I have bought in the last 10 years. So if you’re planning on putting this someplace where people are speaking on the phone or with each other then this isn’t the printer for you. I would not recommend this printer to anyone for any reason.

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A Great Printer
5 Star Review   By RIFTOX on HP - Nov 12, 2011   

After six years happily using an HP LaserJet Color 3550, I replaced it with this M551n printer. Set up of the printer was very easy and very quick. The CD that came with the printer provided the proper driver for my Windows 7 64 bit operating system. My computer immeditatley recognized it and away we began printing. It prints both black and color documents very quickly, holds lots of paper, and goes to sleep fairly quickly, at which time it is silent. After printing, it makes a few knocking sounds, then goes into a rest mode. The knocking is initially unsettling, but it doesn't seem to affect the quality of the print or the overall performance of the printer. I've had it for about three weeks and think it is a great printer. I would certainly recommend this printer to someone that wants trouble-free printing of both black and white and color documents.

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