For monochrome printing, the HP Color LaserJet 2550L performed well, averaging 12.1 pages per minute (ppm) for text and 9.8ppm for graphics. These scores are above average for a bargain color laser printer. In color printing, on the other hand, the HP was rather disappointing. It averaged only 3.9ppm for text and 3.1ppm for graphics, making the HP Color LaserJet 2550 the slowest in our charts--a surprise, since one of our fastest color laser printers is the, with a score of 7ppm for color text and 8.8ppm for color graphics.
Making up for its not-so-great speed, however, the HP Color LaserJet 2550L offers excellent monochrome print quality. Both text and graphics looked perfect in our tests, with nary a flaw. The color print quality, though not perfect, was very good as well. Our only nitpick was the contrast, which was a little too soft in color text and a little too harsh in color graphics.
The printer was tested at the factory default settings, which you can adjust to improve the output and performance. Learn more about how CNET Labs tests printers.
Performance analysis written by CNET Labs project leader Dong Van Ngo.HP provides the HP Color LaserJet 2550L with an industry-standard one-year warranty. The warranty can be upgraded to cover three years with onsite or next-day service, or you can pay extra to have someone come in and help you install the printer. Phone tech support is available 24/7 during the warranty period.
HP's Web site offers top-of-the-line customer service and support options targeted to your specific product, including instant chat with a tech-support representative, e-mail support, an extensive database of FAQs, documentation, and tutorials on graphics troubleshooting, how-tos, and maintenance.