HP DeskJet 2540 Printer Setup
The DeskJet 2540 printers are available at an affordable price and making an entry to inkjet printing at a price down to £30.
The HP DeskJet 2540 printers are tiny, well designed, unique-function printer in dark grey with a bizarrely colored top, and just tip-off light purple about it. The paper feed tray crux up from the top of the printer and could barely have a straightforward design, while it does have a raised pattern of curves shaped onto it.
The front cover creases down to make the output tray, once you’ve also twisted out a superfluous support from its front lip. On the whole, performance of the printer is augmented pretty a spot with both these covers open and pages sitting on every tray.
A distinct light up power button near the back of the top cover on the left-hand side is the only control on the HP 2540 DeskJet 2540 printer. In the back panel are just two sockets, one for USB connection, which is the only way to get data to the printer, and the other for a low-level power input.
The HP printers have not incorporated the small block power supply on DeskJet 2540 printers. It’s an exterior element ideal for kicking around under the desk.
You can pull down a secondary cover from the front of the printer to fit the two ink cartridges and push them in and up into the carrier. It is very quick and easy.
If you choose to use HP consumables with your machine, the company offers a series of rewards, like discounts of software and access games. Drivers for both Windows and OS X are offered on the CD, though there’s not much else in the way of support software. They install easily and provide good support for the functions of the printer.
HP makes quite modest claims for the presentation of the DeskJet 2540, claiming 5.5ppm for black print and 4ppm for color. These ratings rise to 16ppm and 12ppm when printing in draft mode. In review, the five-page black text document took 53s to run, which is a speed of 5.7ppm, actually faster than the rated speed. On the longer, 20-page test, the speed rose to 6.5ppm.
In draft mode, though, the speed was only 7.7ppm, less than half the claimed speed and in normal mode, printing black text and color graphics; it was 2.4ppm, just 60 per cent of the rating..
Print quality is pretty reasonable. Black text is vaguely blemished by a little flow of ink all along the paper fibers, which gives it a slightly blurry look, but for common use, it’s somewhat readable. Fascinatingly, draft mode text is, if anything, slightly cleaner, and we’d be quite happy printing black text in draft all the time.
Color graphics are slightly dawdle, but again somewhat utilizable for everyday documentation at home. Colors are a slightly wishy-washy in comparison to more posh printers, but still satisfactory. Photo prints are also good.
Noise levels from the DeskJet 2540 printers are a slightly superior to usual, though as is normal with inkjet printers; it’s mostly from peaks when new sheets are being nourished.
The black and tri-color ink cartridges are accessible in two capacities, though neither offers mainly high yields.
The color cost is lower than from many more expensive rivals. The black print cost, though, is higher than practically all inkjets.
Although the black print cost is quite high and the DeskJet 2540 can be a bit noisy, it’s still astonishingly high-quality value. It prints text and graphics effectively and quickly, mainly if you switch to the surprisingly high-quality draft mode. If money is tight, or you’re buying a second printer, maybe for your children to use for school work, this is a very fine choice.