HP DeskJet 850C/855C Printers

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Fast Small-Office Printing with the Power of Dazzling Color

Fast, high-quality black and brilliant color printing that's perfect for small offices. For business professionals who need to get their printing done quickly, the HP DeskJet 850C and DeskJet 855C for either PCs or Macintosh systems are the ideal personal printers to increase your productivity.

The HP DeskJet 850C and DeskJet 855C printers have the speed and flexibility you need to save time and look your professional best. They provide true high-end performance with fast print speed, uncompromising black print quality, and the ability to add stunning color to any of your documents whenever needed.

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Printer Command Language
HP PCL Level 3
Built-in (Internal) Scalable Fonts
Courier, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; Letter Gothic, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; Times New Roman, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; CG Times, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; Arial, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; Univers Medium, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; Wingdings; Symbol.
TrueType Scalable Fonts for Microsoft Windows (R)
Arial(R) Black; CG Goudy Old Style, Italic, Bold; Phyllis; Graphite Light, Light Narrow; CG Poster Bodoni; Lucida(R) Casual, Casual Italic; Gill Sans(R) Shadow; Milestones(TM); Signet Roundhand, PL Benguiat Frisky.
TrueType Scalable Fonts for Apple Macintosh(R)
ITC Avant Garde Gothic Book, Demi; ITC Bookman Light, Light Italic, Demi, Demi Italic; New Century Schoolbook, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic; ITC Zapf Chancery Medium Italic; ITC Zapf Dingbats; Bernhard Modern, Cooper Black; Dom Casual; PL Torino Outline; CG Poster Bodoni; Graphite Light, Light Narrow; Lucida Casual, Casual Italic; PL Benguiat Frisky; Phyllis; Signet Roundhand; Milestones; Helvetica(R) Narrow, Narrow Bold.
Minimum System Requirements
Windows:80386 or higher and Windows version 3.1 and above.
DOS:80286 12 Mhz or higher.
Macintosh: 4 MB RAM for printing with System 7.0 and above and a 68020 or higher processor.
Bi-directional capability for PC and Macintosh.
Software Compatibility
Compatible with an extensive range of DOS software applications
MS Windows- compatible versions 3.1 and above
Works with any software written for Macintosh System 7.0 and above.
QuickDraw and QuickDraw GX-compatible.
I/O Interface
IEEE 1284 Centronics Parallel Compatible, Buffer Size: 32k
RS-422-A serial 57.5 Kbps
High-speed serial 115.2 Kbps, 230.4 Kbps, 460.8 Kbps AppleTalk(TM) 230.4 Kbps, Buffer Size: 100k
Color Capability
16.7 million colors built in
Easy, vivid colors with HP ColorSmart technology and exclusive Color Resolution Enhancement technology (C-REt).
Black Print Speed
DeskJet 850CDeskJet 855C
Best mode:4 pages per minute (ppm)4 ppm
Normal mode:6 ppm6 ppm
EconoFast mode:6 ppm7 ppm
(Approximate figures. Exact speed will vary depending on the system configuration and software application used.)
Color Print Speed
DeskJet 850CDeskJet 855C
Best mode:1 ppm1 ppm
Normal mode:1.5 ppm1.5 ppm
EconoFast mode:2 ppm3 ppm
(Based on mixed text and graphics with 15% coverage).
Black Resolution
Best mode:600 dpi
Normal mode:600 dpi
(300 dpi rasterized data enhanced with REt and 600-dpi capable pen)
EconoFast mode:300 dpi
Color Resolution
Best mode:600 x 300 dpi
(creates and places dots on a 600 x 300 grid using C-REt)
Normal mode:300 x 300 dpi
(creates and places dots on a 300 x 300 grid using C-REt)
EconoFast mode:300 dpi
Media Sizes
Custom size 3.94 x 5.79 in to 8.5 x 14 in,
U.S. letter (8.5 x 11 in)
U.S. legal (8.5 x 14 in)
U.S. transparency (8.5 x 11 in)
U.S. glossy (8.5 x 11 in)
U.S. No. 10 envelope (4.12 x 9.5 in)
Executive (7.25 x 10.5 in)
Index cards (4 x 6 in, 5 x 8 in)
Avery inkjet labels
Media Weight
Paper:16 to 36 lb
Envelopes:20 to 24 lb
Cards: 110 lb index max, 8.5 pt maximum thickness
Media Handling (Built-in Feeders)
Sheet Feeder:up to 150 sheets
Envelopes:up to 15 envelopes
Single-Manual Sheet Feeder:Built-in
Cards:up to 30 cards
Out Tray Capacity:up to 50 sheets
Input Voltage
100-240 VAC +/-10%
50/60 Hz +/-3 Hz
8.9 in H x 17.5 in W x 15.6 in D
1 MB built-in RAM
14.3 lb
Reliability and Estimated Usage
60,000 page life, 20,000 hours, MTBF
2,000 hours power on and 12,000 printed pages per year
1,000 total black pages per month maximum use;
up to 160 total color pages per month
Maximum operating temperature
5°C (41°F) to 40°C (104°F).
15 to 80% RH non-condensing.
Recommended operating conditions for best print quality
15°C (59°F) to 35°C (95°F), 20 to 80% RH non-condensing.
Storage temperature
-40°C (-104°F) to 60°C (140°F).
Noise levels per ISO 9296
Mode BestEconoFast
Sound Power, LwAd:6.3 B(A)6.5 B(A)
Sound Pressure*, LpAm:50 dB(A) 52 dB(A)
*Bystander positions
One-year limited warranty
Safety Certifications
UL, EMC Directive 89/336/EEC (European Community),
VCCI (Japan),
SABS (South Africa)

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Ordering Information

Description HP P/N
HP DeskJet 850C Printer C2145A
HP DeskJet 855C printer C4551A

The HP DeskJet 850C and DeskJet 855C are plain-paper, drop-on-demand thermal inkjet printers. They come equipped with a power cable, black and color ink cartridges, PC and Macintosh printer drivers, and a User's Guide kit. The printer interface cable is not included.


Description HP P/N
Print cartridges:

HP Premium media:
Inkjet Paper, letter (200 sheets)
Glossy paper, letter (50 sheets)
Transparency film, letter (50 sheets

HP Support Pack (Express Exchange) H5465A


Description HP P/N
HP PrinterPal Fax Accessory
(Not available outside the U.S.)
IEEE-1284 Compliant Parallel Cable:
2 meters
3 meters
AppleTalk connector box 92215N
Standard 8-pin shielded cable for serial Macintosh connection 92215S

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