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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good budget printer, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: HP Deskjet 2540 All-In-One Printer (Accessory)
This was a second printer for me to replace an older HP model I had for years.
The white is quite attractive and makes a change v the normal black printer colour, but that's a minor point the performance is what really counts.

The HP is easy to set up simply pop the CD in and follow the instructions (which are very basic and hard to get wrong) I prefer a wired connection to the desktop but the wireless works very well on this (useful for other devices)
Onto the main printer itself on the top part there are a few buttons and a fairly small LCD which shows the wifi strength and no. of copies. The buttons let you control the wifi, power, and black/colour copy, as well as a low warning indicator for both cartridges.

My quick fire pros and cons.

Pros:
+ Good print quality for both text and photos
+ Excellent bang per buck, low price
+ Built in wifi, connecting is easy and trouble free, also has Wireless Direct Printing (so you don't need to join the wifi network)
+ Apple AirPrint compatible
+ Fairly good build, easy to set up and use
+ Acceptable print speeds (it's no speed demon but fine for this price - around 7ppm at high quality faster draft)
+ Good instant scan quality (like a photocopier)
+ Ink carts are "not chipped" you can re-fill them

Cons:
- Not so easy to scan books (could use a double hinge)
- Scan quality is good for documents, acceptable for photos (for photo scans a dedicated flatbed will do better)
- No slots for media cards, small mono LCD

Size is fairly compact at around 425 mm width and 306 mm depth. Input tray holds around 50-60 sheets of normal A4 paper
Front has an extendable output holder, above that you can flip down the cover to reveal the ink cartridges.

Despite being a lower cost printer HP have managed to deliver one that has very good print output both for text and photos, it's on a par with printers costing quite alot more (but not up to the super fine quality of the officejet range not unexpected ). Text is very clean, crisp and impressive. Photo output is also good with lots of detail and good colour reproduction (watch your colour ink though for larger photos it will go down rapidly) For the low price getting wifi is a part of the appeal too.

Watch the ink use on wifi though people can get carried away so be sure to keep an eye on the kids (I've learnt this the hard way!)

Ink cartridges are the HP301 range which I have for other printers, they are quite low in cost (HP do a combo pack for black and colour) Do note if you are a heavier ink user then the 301XL carts whilst more expensive hold quite a lot more ink and are more cost effecitve longer term. HP unlike some other makers don't chip their carts (it will complain the ink is low), so you can re-fill them yourself and save a small fortune (don't throw the empty ones away either sell them or get them re-filled) THe 2540 is better suited to users who are doing light to moderate home printing, there are better alternatives for small offices or heavy users.

Bar a few minor niggles this printer punches beyond it's price point and a very easy recommendation for those looking for max bang per buck, but with good print output.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2014 10:12:35 BDT
Deise Tony says:
I am looking at getting this printer specifically to work with my ipad.have you any experience with this?would you recommend it?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2014 11:02:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2014 11:03:02 BDT
Mr Baz says:
Hi I own it, so overall for a budget printer it's quite good (for a printer that has light use). It works with airprint so you can you use it with your ipad.

Posted on 9 Oct 2014 21:55:14 BDT
Marauder says:
Mr Baz, I've got one but when I click print on my mac it takes forever for the printer to print. Do I have to press a button on the printer when I print or something? Also can this printer do double sided? Thanks :)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2014 23:33:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Oct 2014 23:35:48 BDT
Mr Baz says:
Hi it can't do double sides least not automatically (you can turn over and print on both manually of course)
With the printing it should just start straight away, you could try downloading the newest drivers for Mac to see if that works (are you using Wi-Fi or cable connection?):
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=uk&lc=en&dlc=en&product=5295967

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2015 11:52:44 GMT
Hi Mr Baz. re HP2540 One reviewer says this wont print from word. I can't believe this and want to use it with windows 7. Any comments? Thanks. Peter Gallant.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2015 12:14:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2015 13:05:18 GMT
Mr Baz says:
Hi Peter it works perfectly with Windows 7 and other operating systems. A common reason for a printer not working is if it's not set to the "default printer" I've been using this for a good while on Win 7 64bit and with no problems to date

Posted on 23 Jul 2015 19:22:11 BDT
rod says:
Thanks for your replies ther happy

Posted on 9 Aug 2015 10:23:25 BDT
wanless says:
Hi Mr Baz, I have just installed this printer, should it have a small icon on the bottom right side of screen, it appeared when using the usb connection but then just disappeared? Do you know how to get it back or what button do I use to print
Kind Regards
Frustrated printer user

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 19:35:55 GMT
cooky49 says:
Hi can you please tell me which make/number you used for the photograph sheets you say the pics are quite goos,so I'd like to get the same as yourself if it works well.
Thanks very much

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2015 00:08:41 GMT
Mr Baz says:
Hi Cooky
I use the HP everyday photo paper it's glossy and is quite good value for standard photo paper pretty good (I got mine in a pack of 100) there are higher end papers out there but that one is decent
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