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HP Deskjet 5940

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews of HP Deskjet 5940. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the paper handling and noise, while there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

performance, price, usability, design, durability

noise, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Deskjet 5940 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of HP Deskjet 5940 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other products in the same category on People are impressed by the durability and price, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

price, durability


57% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (

HP Deskjet 5940


This easy-to-use printer quickly outputs documents and photos, but has few extras.

Good quality text output

Dissapointing glossy photo prints, Lacks media card slots

The HP Deskjet 5940 is well equipped for general-purpose printing and capable of fast performance and high quality, though not necessarily at the same time.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

HP Deskjet 5940 Photo Printer


The HP Deskjet 5940 Photo Printer is a solid choice for good-quality text, graphics, or photos.

Reasonably good performance for text and graphics. Output quality ranges from the high end of good to very good. Prints directly from cameras.

Photo speed is sluggish. Thin lines in graphics don't always print.

Don't miss the HP Deskjet 5940 Photo Printer's Ratings and Test Results.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (

Hewlett-Packard HP Deskjet 5940


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Good quality text output

Dissapointing glossy photo prints ; Lacks media card slots

Printed very attractive color graphics on plain paper, but glossy photos suffered from obvious banding.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

HP Deskjet 5940


The Deskjet 5940 is a good all-around performer, with excellent text-printing capabilities and very good photo quality. Though it was poky on one of our speed tests, this printer is a good fit if you're looking for an affordable, general-purpose color...

Excellent text quality ; optional cartridges can convert the printer into 6-color photo printer ; PictBridge USB port

Slow to print our PDF test document

The Deskjet 5940 is easy to set up. It connects to your Mac via USB 2.0 and also includes a PictBridge USB port on the front for printing directly from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras. Unlike some ink-jets that use individual cartridges for each...

Dec, 2005


Expert review by : Robin Morris (

HP Deskjet 5940


The HP Deskjet 6540 made waves in our colour inkjets chart for over a year. Those still lamenting its demise will be glad to see that the firm's 5940 model offers a lot of the same, at an even juicier price.

We miss the Deskjet 6540, but the 5940 is a more than adequate substitute. It offers excellent print quality on both text and graphics, fast speeds, great looks and a wonderfully thought-out software interface. With PictBridge included, it even has...

Mar, 2006


Expert review by : paul_smart (

HP Deskjet 5940


A rapid printer that also produces rather nice photographs perhaps this could be the inkjet printer that is a good all rounder.

It is 43x32x14cm with paper inserted, the 14cm is the measurement at the rear and this becomes 11cm at the centre and only 5cm at the front. Silver/Grey in colour with black for the base paper tray. There are three buttons and two LED's on the left...

Sep, 2006

Consumer review (

Perfect low cost printer


This has been a trouble free printer and I would recommend it to anyone

Nothing negative to report

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

HP Deskjet 5940 C9017A#B1H Up to 30 ppm Up to 4800 optimized dpi color and 1200 input dpi InkJet Photo Color Printer


Great printer for work print-outs as well photos need for insurance claims. Like the new feature of ink levels, like the epson printers


Jun, 2006

Consumer review (

will not auto feed paper


looks good, prints well

will not auto feed paper!!!

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

DeHP Deskjet 5940


Quiet, nice looking, faux stainless top.

Short lifespan, lackluster image quality, poor tech support, mechanically problematic.

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

Print everything from documents to creative photo projects and more. Breakthrough document print speeds up to 30 ppm black, up to 24 ppm color, plus 4 x 6-inch photos in as fast as 27 seconds. Advanced photo controls with print cancel, ink-status display and automatic ink backup. Print true-to-life borderless photos up to 4800 optimized dpi or in optional 6-ink color with HP Vivera Inks - 4 x 6 to 8.5 x 11-inch photos and up to 8.5 x 24-inch panorama. Enjoy exceptional fade resistance for all of your printed photos and documents. Print photos without a computer from PictBridge-enabled cameras using front USB port. Remove red eye and enhance photo detail with built-in HP Real Life technologies. Easily print on many paper types and sizes with versatile paper handling and automatic media sense. Organize and edit photos with included HP Image Zone and share photos without large e-mail attachments using HP Instant Share service.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Asia Pacific / Latin America / North America/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Deskjet


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


Type: None


Type: None


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Language Simulation:PCL 3/PCL 3E
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):23ppm/30ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):18ppm/24ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1200dpi
Media Type:Envelopes / Glossy paper / Greeting cards / Index cards / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies/Envelopes / Greeting cards / Index cards / Labels / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies/Envelopes / Greeting cards / Index cards / Photo paper / Plain paper
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Color
Total Media Capacity:100sheets
Type:Personal printer


Installed Size:32MB/4MB
Max Supported Size:32MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.1.2 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP/Apple MacOS X 10.2 - 10.3 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP/Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP