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HP Laserjet 2840

alaTest has collected and analyzed 390 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and multifunction. The build quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and paper handling.

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value for money, performance, noise, paper handling, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Laserjet 2840 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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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.

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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.

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HP Color LaserJet 2840


Editor's note, November 2007: At the time this product was first reviewed, it was awarded our Editors' Choice award. We have removed that designation due to changes in the marketplace since the review's initial publication.

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.


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HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One


Compared with the 2550L, the 2840 adds scanner, copier, and fax features that touch all the right bases. You'll find a 50-page ADF, the ability to scan across a network, and the ability both to fax from your computer and to use the unit as a standalone...

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

Hewlett-Packard got almost everything with the HP Color LaserJet 2840 All-in-One. Output quality is among the best we've seen for a color laser at any price, and the scan, fax, and copy features cover all the important bases.

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"Great printer for small business office or print shop."


I wish that I could find a used one in good shap.

A get the amount of drum and toner usage as reported by the manufacturer. The print quality is very good. A good work horse and it is dependable.

All the functionality does not work with W7 64 bit.

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"This is a big, heavy, loud, clunky, piece of junk."


Ours, with barely a few thousand prints, IF THAT, ended up in the corridor with a "BASURA" sign taped to it. Basura is Spanish for garbage.

Makes a great boat anchor.

I've got only 250 characters to tell you that it rarely worked, took up half the space on or under a credenza, the toner was ridiculously expense and it was a maintenance nightmare. And, UGLY? Don't get me started!

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"Minimal support for Windows 7 with no plans to fix it!"


In Windows 7 it is just a large, noisy printer and a noisy, slow copier. Get something else.

Decent color laser output

I have often recommended HP because they (at least in the past) have good support and drivers for their products. Behold, not so whit this $900. office AIO. After installing Windows 7 the only thing that works from Windows is printing. No more scanner at

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"Not Impressed"


I am not impressed with this printer. It's capabilities are very limited with the new Windows suite, so I basically paid a lot of money for the same capabilities I could have had in something for under 100.

It prints documents - most of the time

I doesn't have any features that are different from the $80 printer I had last time, except it will print more, and scan a bit more. It doesn't work with Windows 7. It is very loud, and chugs away all night at random times.

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Not Impressed


I am not impressed with this printer. It's capabilities are very limited with the new Windows suite, so I basically paid a lot of money for the same capabilities I could have had in something for under 100. That sucks!

It prints documents - most of the time

I doesn't have any features that are different from the $80 printer I had last time, except it will print more, and scan a bit more. It doesn't work with Windows 7. It is very loud, and chugs away all night at random times

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"Expensive paperweight"


How many ways can you say "it just doesn't work?" Things started out very good; good print quality, very good photo quality. Scanning was slow, but I didn't do much. Things started going wrong when I had to change the toner cartriges (and they are...

It had potential

Will not print color photos

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.


Automatic Duplexing: None
First Copy Out Time B/W:19sec
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

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

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

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


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

PC Connectivity

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


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