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HP Color LaserJet 2840

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of HP Color LaserJet 2840. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and multifunction. The print quality and performance also get good opinions, whereas there are some critical opinions about the size and noise. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability and price.

usability, performance, print quality, multifunction, design

noise, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Color LaserJet 2840 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for HP Color LaserJet 2840


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of HP Color LaserJet 2840 from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the print quality. The usability also gets good reviews, but the reliability and noise get negative comments. Reviews are divided on the price.

performance, usability, print quality

noise, reliability

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One - Multifunction ( fax / copier / printer / scanner ) - colour - laser - copying (up to): 19 ppm (mono) / 4 ppm (coloHP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One - Multifunction ( fax / copier / printer / scanner ) - colour - laser - copying (up to): 19 ppm (mono) / 4 ppm (colo

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for HP Color LaserJet 2840


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of HP Color LaserJet 2840 from The average user rating for this product is 1.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Comments about the durability and design are on the whole positive. The print quality and performance are also appreciated. Views about the size and multifunction are mixed. There are some less positive comments about the noise.

usability, performance, print quality, design, durability


20% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-In-One Multifunction (Refurbished) (Q3950AR#ABA)HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-In-One Multifunction (Refurbished) (Q3950AR#ABA)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Lisa Cekan (

HP Color LaserJet 2840


Stylish design and versatile networking can't save HP's poor-performing color laser MFP.

Built-in media card readers, Extensive software bundle

Slow print speeds

The media card slots and the extensive image software make the 2840 attractive for offices that print lots of photos, but its pokiness and mediocre image quality will incline many prospective buyers to steer clear.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One


The HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One offers great-looking output; scanning, faxing, and copying; a 50-page ADF; and more.

High-quality output for a color laser. Four-function all-in-one for printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Includes Ethernet connector. Fifty-page ADF.

Exceptionally slow performance for a color laser.

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Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Lisa Cekan (

HP HP Laserjet 2840


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Built-in media card readers ; Extensive software bundle

Slow print speeds

Offers media card slots and extensive image software, but it's poky and image quality is mediocre.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Kristina Blachere (

HP Color LaserJet 2800 multifunction review


Review summary

Very good prints; easy to use; digital memory card slots; network ready; automatic document feeder; Mac and PC support.

Merely fair color scans; noisy when printing; slow color print speeds; limited paper handling.

This truly business-friendly color laser multifunction can seamlessly replace the army of devices in your office.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The media card slots and the extensive image software make the 2840 attractive for offices that print lots of photos, but its slowness and mediocre image quality will incline many prospective buyers to steer clear.

Direct media card printing, colour images look quite good

Many PC-only functions, slow scanning, poor quality scans

May, 2005

Consumer review (

Not impressive


After only six months of use, I've now replaced this printer with a Brother HL-4040CN color laser. The Brother is easily 5 to 10 times faster than this HP. The same set of newsletters takes less than 30 minutes on the Brother. I'm not kidding. The...

Good quality printouts if you have the time to wait for them. It also makes a great paperweight if you have room for it on your desk. If anyone ever walks into your office with a gun, you could take cover behind this printer and be completely safe

Since it only can print one color at a time, the print speed is horrendously slow. Four pages per minute, if you're lucky. Printing 400 1 page, 2-sided newsletters takes almost an entire work day. No joke. It frequently balks when sending large jobs to...

Aug, 2008

Consumer review (

Great Printer for a Great Price


It was the same price to buy this printer (open box special) as it was to buy all new toner cartridges for my 2600n. I was concerned about the future toner costs, but these cartridges last a loooong time, and Rosewill has started making compatible...

I'm not sure where all the negative reviews come from. This printer has been nothing but a pleasure so far. I've run it through its paces and used every feature, everything works flawlessly. Scanning, copying, printing, faxing, etc. The latest drivers...

It's really LOUD! I can't really use it while people are sleeping, everyone in the house can hear it. Especially when the toner cartridges rotate

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (

Useless printer/fax/scan


I've updated the firmware to the latest 20070524, and still have the problems.

Are there any? Printing works, that's about it. I'm afraid to even try any large complex printouts as nothing else works properly (fax, scan, copy)

Faxing only works once after power-up. After that, faxing will either cause the printer to reboot, or it will hang in an endless "Storing Fax" stage ; NO Mac OSX Leopard support for fax/scan!!! Only printing works

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Buyer beware -high maintenance


GET A WARRENTEE!!!! If your really going to get this then a 2-3yr warrentee is a must or you just throwing away cash. to scan across network you have to have a machine running with the full software suite setup on it and tell that machine where it can...

it CAN scan across the network (another review says it can't), stores faxes until it can print them up, can see the status of the device remotely via html

have to constantly do little fixes to it- if you make a legal copy and don't specify paper type then it will jam; if any cartridges are "out of ink" then you can't print/scan/fax/copy-it becomes completely useless until you get a new cartridge. If the...

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

HP2840 -No Thanks


It has nice print quality.

The Tool Box fails regularly, the fax system doesn't stay working (faxes will not go to computer), have to have fax come in directly to printer.

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

Experience the ultimate HP Color LaserJet solution with network printing, faxing, and scanning, plus walk up copying and digital imaging in one space-saving design - you'll save time, space, and money and enjoy the simplicity and reliability you expect from HP LaserJet printers. Focus on business rather than waiting for output. Instant-on Technology saves time and energy, delivering your print job's first page in 18 seconds for black-and-white documents (29 seconds for color documents). Small jobs finish before most competitors' products have warmed up. Employ business-class faxing. HP innovation and Super G3 fax technology provides professional and efficient faxing at up to 33.6 kbps (approximately 3 seconds per page) and fax memory storage for up to 250 pages. Scan, send, and archive at high resolution. Integrate, store, or send brilliant images with up to 19, 200 dpi enhanced scan resolution. Use the automatic document feeder (ADF) for unattended faxing, copying, and scanning of documents up to legal (8.5 by 14 inches) size, or use the flatbed scanner for bound and single sheet originals. Enjoy greater versatility with the ability to scan-to e-mail, scan-to PC desktop, scan-to PC folder, or scan-to network folder. Be assured of compatibility. Depend on industry-standard HP PCL 6 and HP postscript level 3 emulation to yield the most precise, reliable and consistent results. Manage with confidence. Invest in versatility. Get the multipurpose, easy-to-use HP Color LaserJet 2800 series at an exceptional price. Reduce costs by printing strategic, high-quality color documents in-house. Increase efficiency by producing only what you need, when you need it. Simplify digital imaging. Capitalize on the convenience of integrated photo memory card slots featuring support for seven popular card types and formats. HP Image Zone for Windows offers tools to view, enhance, manage, and share digital photos and scanned images. Conveniently print digital photos directly from the control panel with the card slots. Handle a variety of business needs.


Electromagnetic compatibility:CISPR 22 : 1997/EN 55022 : 1998 Classe B ; EN 61000-3-2 : 2000 ; EN 61000-3-3 : 1995\A1 ; EN 55024 : 1998\A1 ; UE ; CISPR 22, GOST-CISPR 22/24
Energy Star certified: No


Automatic Duplexing: None
Bottom copy margin:5 mm / CD / MD / MP3 /MP4/MP5/ iPOD
Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy resolution (black graphics):600 x 600 dpi
Copy resolution (color text and graphics):600
Copy speed (best quality, black, A4):19
Copy speed (best quality, color, A4):4
Copy speed (black, draft quality, A4):19
Copy speed (colour, draft quality, A4):4
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):19
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):4
Enhanced copy resolution:600 x 600 dpi
First Copy Out Time B/W:19sec
Left metric copy margin:20.8 x 17.6 x 13.1 / 4.2 mm
Max Copying Resolution B/W:600 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:600 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:19ppm/20ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:4ppm
Maximum copy resolution:600 x 600
Maximum copy speed (black, A4):19
Maximum copy speed (color, A4):4
Maximum number of copies:99
Right metric copy margin:20.8 x 17.6 x 13.1 / 4.2 mm
Top metric copy margin:20.8 x 17.6 x 13.1 / 4.2 mm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:8.5 in x 15 in/8.5 in x 15 in / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / 8.5 in x 15 in
Standard Media Capacity:375sheets

Energy Management

Power consumption (active):398
Power consumption (PowerSave):17
Power consumption (standby):19

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Auto-redialing: Yes
Fax broadcasting:120
Fax delayed sending: Yes
Fax memory:250
Fax resolution black photo grayscale:300 x 300
Fax resolution fine mode (Black and White):203 x 196
Fax resolution standard mode (black & white):203 x 98
Fax resolution superfine mode (black & white):Up to 300 x 300 dpi
Fax smart software features:PC fax functionality available with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Mac OS.\nMicrosoft Windows 2000, XP: Fax to and from PC with USB connection, fax from PC with network connection.\nMac OS: Fax from PC only.
Fax speed (A4):3
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):120
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:120
Modem Speed:33.6
Resolution (black photo grayscale):300 x 300
Telecom compliance (fax capability):Telecom : TBR-21 : 1998 ; EG 201 121 : 1998, FCC Part 68

Fax Machine

Compatibility:Super G3
Max Transmission Speed:33.6Kbps
PC Faxing:Yes/Yes (send only)


Country Kits:France / Switzerland/Germany / Netherlands/Italy/Portugal / Germany/Spain/Switzerland / Denmark/United States
Localization:English/French / German/French / German / Danish/German / Dutch/Italian/Portuguese / German/Spanish
Model:2840 All-in-One
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Color LaserJet

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:50
Maximum input capacity:375
Maximum input capacity for envelopes:10
Paper handling:125-sheet multipurpose input tray, 250-sheet input tray, 125-sheet output tray, 50-sheet automatic document feeder
Standard input capacity:375


Max Supported Memory:224MB
Standard Memory:96MB


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):30000impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Laser
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):15 - 32.5
Operating temperature range (T-T):15 - 32.5
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T):20 - 27
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):20 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):20 - 40

Other Features

Acoustic power emissions:10.31.2007 / 6.6 B(A)
All-in-One Functions:Fax, Scan
Auto document feeder: supported media types and capacity:A4, A5, B5 (JIS/ISO), (127 x 127) - (216 x 381) mm
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Print, Scan
Color printing technology:HP Image REt 2400
Compatible operating systems:Windows 98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP\nMac OS 9.2.2\nMac OS 10.2.8\nMac OS 10.3.x
Configuration management:HP Toolbox, HP Web Jetadmin
Configuration management description:HP Toolbox, HP Web Jetadmin
Control panel:Intuitive control panel with 2-line back lit display, device/supplies status view, rotate carousel button, copy controls, scan controls, alphanumeric buttons, menu and cancel buttons, fax controls, speed-dial keys, photo memory card
Custom media sizes:(105 x 148) - (216 x 356) mm
Dimensions (WxDxH):19.6 x 20.9 x 22.6
Driver updates:Latest drivers for Windows and Mac at
Duplex print options:Manual
Functions:Color copying, scanning, printing and black-and-white faxing
I/O ports:1x USB 2.0\n1x Ethernet 10/100 RJ-45
Maximum internal memory:224
Media size (tray 1):A4, A5, B5 (JIS/ISO), envelopes (DL, C5, B5), postcards, 105 x 148 to 216 x 356 mm
Media size (tray 2):A4, A5, B5, (JIS/ISO), (148 x 210) - (216 x 356) mm
Media types supported:Paper (plain, letterhead, pre-punched, bond, colour, rough, pre-printed, recycled); HP LaserJet Glossy Media, HP Cover Paper; HP Color LaserJet transparencies, Labels, Envelopes, Cardstock
Media weight (tray 2):60 - 105 g/m2
Memory technology:MET
Memory upgrade:0.224
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:Mac OS 9.2.2: G3 or G4 processor, 64 MB RAM, 30 MB disk space; Mac OS X, version 10.2.8 or version 10.3.x: G3, G4, or G5 processor, 128 MB RAM, 30 MB disk space
Network ready: Yes
Networking features:HP Jetdirect 10/100 Ethernet
Number of cartons per pallet:60
Package dimensions (WxDxH):31.5 x 27.6 x 27.2
Power Requirements:220-240V; 50/60 Hz
Print margin bottom (A4):0.165
Print margin left (A4):0.165
Print margin right (A4):0.165
Print margin top (A4):0.165
Print quality (black, best quality):1200
Print quality (color, best quality):600
Quantity per pallet:1920
Safety:IEC 60950 ; UL ; EU LVD & EN60950 ; UE (CE mark), TÜV- EN60950-IEC 60825-1, GOST- R50377, IEC 60950-IEC60825-1
Scan file formats:BMP, DCX, FPX, GIF, JPG, PCX, PDF, PNG, RTF, TIFF, TXT
Service & support:HP Websites, HP Customer Support Centre, HP Care Pack
Standard input trays:2
Standard media sizes:A4, A5, B5 (JIS/ISO), Envelopes (DL, C5, B5), Postcards
Standard output capacity for transparancies:50
Standard output capacity for transparencies:50
Technical features:Be more productive with print speeds of up to 19 ppm in black and up to 4 ppm in colour.\nNo wait Instant-on Technology delivers a first colour page out in just 29 seconds.\nPrint and manipulate photos with the utmost of ease.\n33.6 k G3 fax with up to 250 p
Typefaces:80 TrueType internal scalable PCL 6, 80 TrueType internal scalable Postscript
Upgrade type:RoCH, FCC, CE, REACH

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:125
Standard output capacity:125
Standard output capacity for envelopes:10

Paper Handling

Additional paper trays:N
Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight:60 - 90
Maximum paper trays:2
Media type and capacity (tray 2):Paper (plain, letterhead, pre-punched, bond, colour, rough, pre-printed, recycled);
Media type and capacity, tray 2:Paper (plain, letterhead, pre-punched, bond, colour, rough, pre-printed, recycled);
Media weight (tray 1):60 - 177 g/m2
Paper handling standard/input:125-sheet multipurpose tray, 250-sheet input tray, 50-sheet automatic document feeder
Paper handling standard/output:125-sheet output bin
Recommended media weight:Tray 1: 60 to 177 g/m2; Tray 2: 60 to 105 g/m2

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / Hi-Speed USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Built-in processor:Motorola Coldfire v4e
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Economical printing: Yes
Faxing:Mono faxing
Maximum duty cycle:30000
Print technology:Laser
Printer management:via HP Web Jetadmin
Printing:Colour printing
Processor frequency:264
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Ethernet


Power consumption (average operating):398
Power consumption (PowerSave):17
Power consumption (standby):19


Max Printing Speed B/W:19ppm/20ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):19ppm/20ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:4ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):4ppm
Max Resolution B/W:600 x 1200 dpi/600 x 600 dpi
Max Resolution Color:600 x 600 dpi
Maximum Resolution:600 x 600
Print quality (color, normal quality):600 x 600
Print resolution (color, normal quality):600 x 600
Print speed (black, best quality, A4):19
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):19
Print speed (color, best quality, A4):4
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4, transparency):2
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):4
Time to first page (black, normal):18
Time to first page (color, normal):29


Gray scale levels:256
Maximum scan area:8.5 x 11.7
Minimum scan size:127 x 127
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 1200
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner features:Intuitive device front control panel with Scan-to Folder and E-mail button for direct walk-up scan capability (pre-configuration of walk-up capability required via software provided); Software; 50-page automatic document feeder
Scanner Type:Flatbed
TWAIN version:1.9


Bundled software:HP Toolbox\nHP LaserJet Scan\nTWAIN 1.9/WIA Scan Driver\nHP LaserJet Fax\nHP Director\nHP Photosmart Premier\nHP Document Viewer\nReadiris PRO Text\nPrinter drivers\nInstaller/uninstaller\nHP All-in-One Setup Assistant (Mac)
Copier smart software features:Up to 99 multiple copies, scan-once-print-many, collation, reduce / enlarge from 25 to 400 percent (with page size presets), fit to page, two or four pages to one page, customisable copy presets, contrast (lighter/darker), resolution (copy quality)


Compatible memory cards:Smartmedia
Internal memory:96

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:100
Minimum processor:Pentium II/G4
Minimum RAM:256
Minimum system requirements:SVGA 800x600 16-bit\nInternet Explorer 5.01

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:1449.8 / 90.6
Weight:1206.4 / 75.4