Hp Smart Tank 516 Review

HP Smart Tank Plus 555 in the test of the trade magazines


    • Published: 23.09.2021 |Edition: 10/2021
    • Test details

    “average” (40%)

    8th place out of 14 Printing (20%): “less satisfactory”; Scanning (10%): “good”; Copying (15%): “less satisfactory”; Ink costs (20%): “very good”; Handling (15%): “average”; Versatility (10%): “average”; Environmental features (10%): “good”.


    • Published: 25/03/2021 |Edition: 4/2021
    • Test details

    “satisfactory” (3.5)

    8th place out of 14 Printing (20%): “sufficient” (3.6); Scanning (10%): “good” (2.3); Copying (15%): “sufficient” (4.0); Ink costs (20%): “very good” (0.5); Handling (15%): “satisfactory” (3.2); Versatility (10%): “satisfactory” (3.1); Environmental features (10%): “good” (1.7).


    • Published: 02.11.2019 |Edition: 12/2019
    • Test details

    “good” (82 out of 100 points)

    Price/performance: “good” Rank 3 of 3 “The HP printer convinces in print and copy quality. However, the print speed, especially in quality printing, is no longer up to date. Those who don’t mind this will be rewarded with low ink costs.”

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Customer reviews (2,711) for HP Smart Tank Plus 555

4.3 stars average from 2,711 opinions in 4 sources 4.3 stars 2,662 opinions at Amazon.de read 4.4 stars 47 opinions at Cyberport read 2.0 stars 1 opinion at eBay read 4.0 stars 1 opinion at Testberichte.de read

  • Good device with a few downers

    • Advantages:super print quality, environmentally friendly, ink tanks
    • Disadvantages:No duplex printing, no paper tray, no paper feed, Wifi, scan on network not possible in Wifi mode
    • Suitable for:Photo printing, color printing, black and white printing, copies, photo scanning, home use
    • I am:Professional

    Thanks to *The Insiders* I was allowed to test the new *HP Smart Tank Plus 555 All-in-One Printer* for free. The copier, printer, scanner arrived well packaged and was almost intuitive to get up and running. However, there were many transport locks and the filling of the ink tanks should be done with the help of the manual, otherwise you miss something. The software (HP Smart App) and the drivers have to be downloaded from HP’s website to set up the device, because an installation CD is not included. The USB cable (USB-B to USB-A) is also not included, but is needed, at least if the device is to be fed into the network. So I set up the device as a network device and configured it for wireless operation. I controlled the printer with all of my Apple devices, which worked fine from the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. However, I do miss the duplex printing option when printing. So, I had to awkwardly flip the pieces of paper by hand when I needed double-sided print results. HP can do that better. The paper tray also holds too few pieces of paper (up to 100 sheets). I also often found this inconvenient when I printed more pages and the tray ran out, so I had to get up to add paper. Haptically, inserting the paper was sometimes fiddly, and there were also paper jams from time to time because several pieces of paper were fed in at the same time. A paper cassette is clearly preferable here. The print result, however, convinced me all along the line. I printed with different paper and in different qualities – each time a super result. Copying is very easy on the device. But here at the latest, the display is very disappointing. It is very small and only displays the most necessary information. And it is not an interactive touch display. Why? HP hasn’t applied its know-how here either – a great pity! There are two buttons for color and black and white copies. Depending on the number, you have to press the buttons as often as you need copies. For single pages, that’s okay, but for 20 copies, it gets annoying. As soon as you’re done, the device starts copying. I was also disappointed with scanning, because I had to connect my laptop to the device via USB cable, because the device was constantly offline and could not be controlled in wireless mode. Very cumbersome and also no longer up to date. I know this much better from HP as well! At this point, I also find the missing function really annoying. The quality and the results of the scans, however, are flawless. The software for printing and scanning and for the different settings is great. There is nothing more to say about it than: Clearly structured, all important setting options are available. What also bothers me about the new HP device is the noise, especially when starting up. I know quieter devices. The ink tanks visible in the front provide direct information about the fill level – an ingenious idea. I’m surprised at the very low consumption, even though I’ve already printed a lot. According to HP, the tanks should last for up to 12,000 black and white and 8,000 color pages. That can therefore last a long while until refilling is necessary. Therefore, I can’t contribute anything practical to the refill, because I’m nowhere near that point yet. But the first refill went very easily and without dripping, so I’m sure the refill will go just as smoothly. Price-wise, a bottle of the original ink is at 12 euros (RRP) per color and 14 euros (RRP) for black, which then adds up to 50 euros for all four. In relation to the print volume, this is a very good price-performance ratio. Presumably, the purchase price is also significantly higher than for normal inkjet printers, which is 249 Euros (according to the manufacturer). My conclusions: I am absolutely convinced by the quality – whether printing or scanning. I am convinced by the clear and lean HP Smart Software. I am convinced of the environmental benefits, because the ink tanks are refillable and the bottles can be returned to HP for recycling. I am also convinced – from experience with quite a few HP devices – of the device’s lifespan, especially since the print head is replaceable in case of signs of wear. I am disappointed about the lack of duplex printing. I am also disappointed about the capacity of the paper tray and the practicality of the paper feed. However, I am really disappointed by the lack of wireless operation for scanning. In the office, I also work with an HP combo device, namely the *HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 multifunction printer*: it is a printer, scanner, copier and fax all in one; works with WLAN, LAN, NFC and Airprint, has a duplex function when printing and copying. The device is very easy to use via the touch display if you don’t feel like using the software via the PC. My office device still works with old instant ink technology, but has much more possibilities in practical use. And in terms of price, at €189.90 (price in the HP Store), it’s significantly cheaper than the *HP Smart Tank Plus 555 All-in-One Printer*. For private users with low technical demands, the new technology of the *HP Smart Tank Plus 555 All-in-One Printer* is perfectly recommendable in terms of price-performance ratio. For all others who need or are used to more, this device will not suffice at the moment. My wish for the next generation of HP devices: the environmentally friendly and very attractively priced ink tank technology of the *HP Smart Tank Plus* combined with the already existing know-how of a *HP OfficeJet Pro*. Answers


our editors 05.11.2019 HP Smart Tank Plus 559 Wireless

Leisurely print speed meets brilliant quality and low cost

Is the Smart Tank Plus 555 a good fit for me? Here’s our take on the HP printer, based on tests, opinions and product data. Strengths

  1. very high print quality
  2. low cost per page thanks to ink tank system
  3. WLAN and Bluetooth for smartphone access


  1. very slow print speed, especially when printing photos
  2. small paper capacity

The Smart Tank Plus 555 relies on a print-cost-saving ink tank system and combines this with a high-precision printing unit. The device is well suited for printing photos. With the right paper, very respectable pictures are produced. However, the printer also takes a lot of time for this. Thus, an A4 photo print took a whopping 15 minutes in PCgo’s test. It is also not exactly the fastest when printing documents. But if that’s not an important factor for you, the Smart Tank Plus 555 Wireless is still worth buying if only because of the very low printing costs. The scan and copy function is a bit time consuming due to the flatbed design, but it works well. From Gregor L.

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HP Smart Tank Plus 555 datasheet

Power consumption in standby

The printer consumes comparatively little power in standby mode.

Print speed B/W

The print speed is slow for this printing technology.

Maximum paper capacity

The paper tray holds comparatively little paper. However, it is sufficient for occasional printing.


This is an older model.

Pictbridge is missing
Photo printer missing
Office printer missing
Printing technology Inkjet printer
Color system Color printer
Print resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi
Automatic duplex printing missing
Print speed b/w 11 pages/min
Print speed color 5 pages/min
Cartridges / Toner
Cartridge system Ink tank
Number of print cartridges / toner 4
Type Multifunction printer
Copying available
Scanning available
Scan resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi
Flatbed scanner available
Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) missing
Duplex ADF missing
Fax missing
Power consumption
Power consumption in standby 3,12 W
Network access available
LAN missing
WLAN available
USB present
Direct print
Card reader missing
Apple AirPrint present
Android direct print available
NFC missing
Bluetooth present
Paper management
Maximum paper capacity 100 sheets
Output capacity 30 sheets
Maximum paper thickness 300 g/m²
Paper tray for special formats missing
A3 missing
A4 present
Media formats A4, B5, A6
CD/DVD printing missing
Dimensions & Weight
Width 44.7 cm
Depth 37,3 cm
Height 15,8 cm
Weight 5,14 kg
Color display missing
Touchscreen missing
Navigation keys missing
Mobility Stationary printer
Compatible systems
  • Windows
  • macOS
Also found under the following model numbers: 1TJ12A#BHC, 3YW75A

You can find more information about the Hewlett-Packard Smart Tank Plus 559 Wireless directly from the manufacturer at hp.com. Follow these steps to set up HP Smart Tank 670, 720, 750, 790, 6000, 7000, 7300 and 7600 printers for the first time. Remove the printer from its packaging, connect the power cord, and fill the tanks. Then install the print head and load paper. Then align the print head and install the printer software. Note: If you are looking for printer software, go to 123.hp.com.

Removing the Printer from the Package

Remove the printer from its packaging, then remove all tape, stickers, and packing materials.

  1. Remove the printer from the packaging.
  2. Place the printer on a flat surface where you intend to use the printer.
  3. Remove all tape from the outside of the printer.
  4. Lift the ink cartridge access door on the left side of the printer.Note:Do not lift the ink cartridge access door when the scanner cover is open. If the scanner cover is open, close the scanner cover, and then lift the ink cartridge access door.
  5. Remove the tape and packing material from the ink cartridge access area and other areas.
  6. Remove and recycle any packing material.
  7. Connect the power cord to the back of the printer, and then plug the other end of the cord into a power outlet.CAUTION:Do not connect the USB cable yet. The connection to the computer will be established during software installation.
  8. Turn on the printer and wait until it is idle.
  9. If your printer has a touchscreen control panel, follow the onscreen instructions to select the language.

Add the printer to HP Smart

The HP Smart app is required and connects your device to your printer. It will guide you through the rest of the setup process.

  • If you do not already have HP Smart installed, visit 123.hp.com to download and install the software. After installation, open the HP Smart app and follow the instructions to connect and set up your printer.
  • If the HP Smart App is already installed on your device, open it and click the plus sign to add your new printer. Follow the instructions in HP Smart to connect and set up your printer.

The following steps on this page can be followed to complete the printer setup in HP Smart.

Fill the ink tanks

Fill empty or nearly empty ink tanks with the official HP ink bottles. Keep the following in mind when working with ink bottles:

  • Keep ink bottles out of the reach of children.
  • Do not open the ink bottle unless you are filling the ink containers.
  • Store the ink bottles upright in a cool and dry place.

CAUTION: Do not install the printheads until you have filled the ink bottles to avoid damaging the printheads.

  1. Lift the ink cartridge access door on the left side of the printer.
  2. Open the container covers.
  3. Open the cap of the ink container you want to fill.
  4. Open the ink bottle.
    • If your ink bottles have screw caps, unscrew the cap and set it aside.
    • If your ink bottles have a hinged lid, unscrew the lid to remove it. Peel off the seal to remove it and discard the seal. Screw the lid back on tightly and then flip the lid open.
  5. Match the color of the ink bottle to the color of the ink container. Hold the bottle up to the container nozzles and make sure the tip of the bottle fits over the nozzles. Then let the ink run into the container until it is full.If the bottle does not empty, remove it and place it on the container again. Do not squeeze the bottle.
  6. When the ink container is full, place the bottle upright and close the ink bottle cap.
  7. Close the ink bottle cap.
  8. Repeat the above steps to fill the other ink containers.
  9. Close the covers and the ink cartridge access door, and then wait 30 seconds.The printer completes ink cleaning and calibration.
  10. Store bottles of remaining ink upright in a cool, dry place.

Installing the printheads

Install the printheads that came with the printer.

  1. Open the ink cartridge access door on the left side of the printer and wait for the print carriage to move to the center of the unit and stop.
  2. Press the blue button to open the printhead.
  3. Remove and discard the orange protective cap.Note:Handle the orange protective cap carefully to avoid ink buildup.
  4. Remove the printheads from the packaging.
  5. Remove the orange cap and protective film from both printheads.CAUTION:Do not touch the copper contacts or ink nozzle under any circumstances. Do not stick the protective film back on the contacts. Touching these parts may cause the nozzles to clog, the ink system to fail, and the electrical conductivity to malfunction.
  6. Insert the printheads.
  7. Close the printhead cover.
  8. Close the ink access door.

Loading Paper

Load plain white paper in the input tray.

  1. Open the input tray.
  2. Press and hold the button on one of the paper cross guides.
  3. Slide the paper guides to the edges of the input tray.
  4. Load a stack of plain paper into the input tray with the side to be printed on facing down.
  5. Make sure the stack of paper aligns with the appropriate paper size lines and does not exceed the stack height mark in the tray.
  6. Slide the paper cross guides inward until they touch the edges of the stack.
  7. Close the input tray.
  8. Pull out the output tray extension.

Aligning the printheads

Print an alignment page and then scan the page to align the printheads.

Print an alignment page

Depending on your printer, print an alignment page or obtain the alignment page automatically.

  • If your printer has a touch screen control panel, follow the instructions on the control panel to print an alignment page.
  • If the printer does not have a touchscreen control panel, the control panel flashes an A and the alignment page will print automatically.

Scanning the Alignment Page

Scan the alignment page to complete the alignment of the printheads.

  1. Place the alignment page face down on the scanner glass and align it with the marked corner of the scanner glass.
  2. Close the scanner cover.
  3. Depending on your printer model, press the flashing Copy button on the printer control panel or follow the on-screen instructions to scan the page.

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