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6.1 out of 10

HP Deskjet 6540

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HP Deskjet 6540 Review

18 February 2005
  • Conclusion: Fast Normal and Normal modes on plain paper were slower -- and very similar to one another, with the one-page letter taking 10 seconds in Fast Normal versus 12 in normal; the 20-page document 132 seconds versus 164; and a six-page Adobe Acrobat PDF file 67 seconds versus 87. Normal mode delivered slightly richer colors and sharper edges than Fast Normal, but even on plain paper, both looked impressive, with crisp text and just a trace of banding in solid-color areas.
  • Pros: Laser-beating speed and laser-like quality for text- and graphics-intensive documents and proposals; higher duty cycle and lower consumable costs than consumer inkjets
  • Cons: No photo-card slots and not the greatest photo printing; duplexer and second paper tray are costly options
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Overall 8

HP Deskjet 6540 Color Inkjet Printer

PC Magazine
18 February 2005
  • Conclusion: The HP Deskjet 6540 is faster than most ink jets, and prints better-looking graphics and photos too.
  • Pros: Exceptional speed for an ink jet. Overall output quality is better than for most ink jets.
  • Cons: For best results on different kinds of output, you need to change cartridges continually, choosing black, photo color, or photo gray as appropriate.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
18 February 2005
  • Summary: If blistering print speed is crucial--particularly if you're looking to make regular use of the lower quality settings--you'll find this a stunning printer.
  • Pros: Fast printing in both black and colour
  • Cons: Its colour printing is more expensive than competitors
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