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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

HP DeskJet 5940 Review

While it might not be a part of the Photosmart collection, the DeskJet 5940 is an additional sound all-rounder from HP. In fact, HP boasts you are able to print whatever you desire using the 5940, and that includes borderless pictures as high as A4 size.
Getting the 5940 out of the box, we could instantly see that build quality is a step above just about everything else inside the entry-level category. The top is made of brushed aluminium and the strong front-mounted paper trays turn upward in order to leave a minor footprint in the event the printer's not in use. There is also automatic cartridge alignment along with a paper sensor, that detects what sort of paper is loaded and will alter printing quality automatically.

 The 5940 isn't the costliest entry-level printer. Granted, there's no TFT or card reader - virtually all you get is a PictBridge port with regard to printing photos from a digital camera. Behind is a USB 2 port.
The majority of HP's Vivera cartridges are supported. Within the box, you will find a 339 black along with a 343 tri-colour for PhotoREt III yet swap the black for a 348 photo cartridge and you will then step-up to PhotoREt IV.
We're quite familiar with this system, and yes it was no real surprise to observe the 5940 create many excellent pictures using the 348 installed. Actually, besides weak banding, the 5940's 6 x 4in and A4 photomontage prints ended up on a par with the Photosmart 8450's, a printer that costs well over double the amount. Meaning prints demonstrated authentic skin tones, well-saturated colours and outstanding amounts of fine detail.
You will need to print with Premium Plus photo paper to have the best quality, but it is comfortably worth every penny. We had absolutely no issues with the HP's mono photo quality either - features were not sacrificed within dark areas and absolutely no grain was visible.
With regard to text, the DeskJet ended up being average. It printed at 3.5ppm in normal mode however draft speed was excellent; at 13ppm it turned out to be the third speediest on test plus quality was unexpectedly fair. A 6 x 4in photograph printed in best mode in just below one minute, 30 seconds, whilst the A4 montage required three-and-a-half minutes.
On the software front, you will find HP Image Zone. This includes a simple photo editor along with a printing wizard. The driver is easy to use while offering almost everything except a print progress indicator. Nevertheless, we valued the Real-life Digital Photography tab, which supplies quick fixes regarding common problems such as red-eye, powerful backlighting as well as fuzzy images.
The device uses a pair of HP DeskJet 5940 ink cartridges - either black and colour with regard to everyday printing, and a colour/photo combination with regard to high-quality photographs. Between them, the photo and colour cartridges have got six colours - the C, M and Y mixture within the high-capacity 344 colour cartridge, in addition to black, light cyan and light magenta within the 348 photo cartridge.
HP's well-priced paper helps make the 5940 an even more appealing proposition. Additionally consider HP value packs, because these sometimes consist of 'customised' variations of the cartridges which contain a lesser amount of ink.
The HP DeskJet 5940 is highly recommended. HP ink cartridges are to be found here.
Theodore Beach is a member of the Cartridge Concept team which specialises in printer cartridges.

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