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HP Deskjet 6540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality and usability. The design and value for money are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the paper handling and reliability.

performance, value for money, design, usability, build quality

reliability, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Deskjet 6540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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HP Deskjet 6540 Color Inkjet Printer


The HP Deskjet 6540 Color Inkjet Printer ($149.99 direct) delivers what every ink jet ideally should, but few do. On the one hand, it's a speed demon. On the other, its output quality ranges from just short of very good to just short of excellent....

Exceptional speed for an ink jet. Overall output quality is better than for most ink jets

For best results on different kinds of output, you need to change cartridges continually, choosing black, photo color, or photo gray as appropriate

The HP Deskjet 6540 is faster than most ink jets, and prints better-looking graphics and photos too.

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HardwareCentral - HP Deskjet 6540 Review.


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Amazon review summary for HP Deskjet 6540


alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 user reviews of HP Deskjet 6540 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

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71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP DeskJet 6540 Color Inkjet PrinterHP Deskjet 6540 - Printer - color - ink-jet - Legal, A4 - 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi - up to 30.4 ppm (mono) / up to 20.8 ppm (color) - capacity: 150 sheets


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Solid Printer


Ink cartridges are smaller than the older HP cartridges. Not sure if this changes the ink lifetime or not...

Fast, high quality inkjet. So Far the printer is flawless. HP makes the best injets around

Not the most sylish looking printer around

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Nice printer


Printer runs very nice and I prefer the look to our old HP printer

Have only been running it a short time, but nothing to complain about so far

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Great print quality and speed...


Great speed, great print quality, seems to use ink sparingly compared to other printers I've owned. Networks easily. Printed manual

HP uses graphics on the front-panel controls instead of words, and the graphics are confusing and not very intuitive. Always having to go back to the manual to "interpret

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HP Deskjet 6540 C8963A 30 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi InkJet Personal Color Printer


havent tried it yet

No USB cord.. didnt expect that

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worth the time and investment


Never used Newegg before, but based on their reputation was willing to give them a try due to cost...great choice! The printer arrived quickly and in great shape. Also, the printer is an upgrade from my HP 697 (old & slow, but faithful). It is so much...

The paper tray is a little cumbersome, but not enough to lower the overall rating of the product

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HP Deskjet 6540 C8963A 30 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi InkJet Personal Color Printer


This is one sweet little printer. Easy to set up and use with fast and QUIET operation. I love it. Newegg gets extra points on their excellent order shipping speed! Thanks!

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HP Deskjet 6540 C8963A 30 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi InkJet Personal Color Printer


Excellent printer. Print quality is excellent and the speed on "fastdraft" is super. Easy to setup and connect. Cartridges don't cost an arm and a leg. Don't forget to purchase a USB cable to connect it up.

Product Specifications

Work more efficiently with breakthrough performance up to 30 ppm black and up to 20 ppm color for professional photo quality up to 4800-optimized dpi or 6-ink color. Enjoy convenient printing from laptops using front USB port, and print photos in standard and custom sizes up to 8.5x24-inch, with or without borders. The advanced control panel saves time with one-touch print quality selector, print cancel button and ink status display. Print more pages with high-volume ink cartridges and use up to 50% less paper in the process with optional auto two-sided printing, automatic paper type sensor and optional 250-sheet plain paper input tray. Make easy photo reprints and enlargements with HP photo and printing software.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Latin America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Deskjet


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Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Language Simulation:PCL 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):30.4ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):20.8ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Banner paper / Cards / Envelopes / Iron-on transfers / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies/Banner paper / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Index cards / Iron-on transfers / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Color
Total Media Capacity:150sheets
Type:Personal printer


Installed Size:16MB


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Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.1 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP