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HP 2550 Laser Engine

Printer History: In October 2002, the Color LaserJet® 2500 marked the first appearance of the Canon® MultiPASS engine. It also marked the first time a color laser printer retailed below $1,000. In 2003 the Color LaserJet® 1500 was released at a low price of $549. In June 2004 the 2500 was replaced by the Color LaserJet® 2550, which, due to its low price point, was marketed as “get your color for free.”

Hardware Information: All three machines are network capable, compact and lightweight, (SMB) using spot/convenience color. All have a monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages.

Windows and Mac compatible, the printers produce 16 ppm in monochrome and 4 ppm in color at 600 dpi with a first page out of 16 seconds black and 29 seconds color. While the 1500 is powered by a 150 MHz processor, 16 MB of memory and has only a USB port, the 2500 and 2550 models sport 300 MHz processors, 64 MB of memory and feature USB and parallel ports.

The Canon® MultiPASS engine involves a four-pass printing process (each color is individually printed per pass) and the four toner cartridges install in a carousel configuration with one imaging drum.

OEM Cartridge Information: The black toner cartridge yields 5,000 pages at 5 percent while the colors yield 4,000 pages at 5 percent coverage. All four toner cartridges are chipped, as is the imaging drum.

Target: SMB

Regional Placement: Global.

Comments: In 2003 HP released the 2820/2840 MFP, the first entry-level color MFP (sub-$1000) based on the 2550 engine. Since then, color MFPs have been the fastest growing market segment.


Standard Builds

  • Q3960A
  • Q3961A
  • Q3962A
  • Q3963A
Build Type Cartridge Component Item Number  
Standard Q3960A Compatible Replacement Toner HP2500CHEMK180
Standard Q3960A Compatible Replacement Chip HP2550ZCHIPKA
Standard Q3960A Compatible Replacement Wiper Blade HP2100WBLADEK
Standard Q3960A Compatible Replacement Cover - Developer Roller HP2550COVER
Standard Q3960A Compatible Replacement Doctor Blade HP2500DRBLADEK
Build Type Cartridge Component Item Number  
Standard Q3961A Compatible Replacement Toner HP2500CHEMC150
Standard Q3961A Compatible Replacement Chip HP2550ZCHIPC
Standard Q3961A Compatible Replacement Wiper Blade HP2100WBLADEK
Standard Q3961A Compatible Replacement Cover - Developer Roller HP2550COVER
Standard Q3961A Compatible Replacement Doctor Blade HP2500DRBLADEK
Build Type Cartridge Component Item Number  
Standard Q3962A Compatible Replacement Toner HP2500CHEMY150
Standard Q3962A Compatible Replacement Wiper Blade HP2100WBLADEK
Standard Q3962A Compatible Replacement Cover - Developer Roller HP2550COVER
Standard Q3962A Compatible Replacement Doctor Blade HP2500DRBLADEK
Build Type Cartridge Component Item Number  
Standard Q3963A Compatible Replacement Toner HP2500CHEMM150
Standard Q3963A Compatible Replacement Wiper Blade HP2100WBLADEK
Standard Q3963A Compatible Replacement Cover - Developer Roller HP2550COVER
Standard Q3963A Compatible Replacement Doctor Blade HP2500DRBLADEK

All Products Compatible with the HP 2550 Laser Engine

Printers Compatible with the HP 2550 Laser Engine

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