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HP DeskJet 6540 Color Inkjet Printer

by HP

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  • Up to 30 ppm black, 20 ppm in color
  • Up to 1,200 dpi black resolution, 4,800 optimized dpi color
  • HP PhotoREt III technology, PhotoREt IV with optional photo cartridge
  • Optional printer server and wireless port, optional duplexing
  • 2 USB ports including 1 in front; PC and Mac compatible
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes: black ink cartridge, tri-color ink cartridge, HP Photo Printing software, power cord, power supply, & more. hp Q8963A DeskJet 6540 Color Printer - This inexpensive color inkjet printer is perfect for both basic office printing, and high resolution photos! With a maximum resolution of 4800 dpi, an optional photo ink cartridge, and premium paper, you can reproduce photographs in a variety of sizes that rival the quality you'll receive from a 1-hour photomat! Another great feature is the front USB port. This lets laptop users quickly connect and print, without the need for expensive wireless options, or cumbersome rewiring. Input Tray - 150 Sheets Output Tray - 50 Sheets Media Types - Paper (plain, inkjet, photo, banner), Envelopes, Transparencies, Labels, Cards, HP Premium media, Iron-On Transfers, & Borderless media Media Sizes - Letter, Legal, Executive, No. 10 Envelopes, Cards, Borderless Photo, Borderless Panoramic, & Custom Sizes - 3x5 to 8.5x24 in. Media Weights - US Letter - 16 to 24 lb. / Legal - 20 to 24 lb. / Banner - 16 to 24 lb. / Envelopes - 20 to 24 lb. / Cards - up to 110 lb. index max. / Photo Paper - up to 130 lb. Connects to a PC or Mac via USB Compatible Operating Systems - Microsoft Windows 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000 Pro, & XP / Macintosh OS v 9.1 or later, 10.1.5, 10.2.3, & 10.3.x

The HP DeskJet 6540 color inkjet printer offers versatile performance and connectivity and a sleek-looking low-profile design. Get fast 30 ppm black printing or up to 20 ppm in color or sharp resolutions that are fine enough even for detailed photos.

The 6540 produces crisp 1,200 dpi resolution in black, up to 4,800 optimized dpi in color. The standard four-color printing yields high-quality prints, or for your finest creations you can choose six-color printing (requires HP 99 photo print cartridge, sold separately). The 6540 also offers the choice of printing photos with or without borders on a variety of media types and sizes, and includes HP photo printing software for easy task management and image editing. An optional duplexing accessory is available for two-sided documents.

The HP 6540 offers versatile connectivity. It features two USB ports, one in the back and one in the front. An optional external print server and optional 802.11b wireless accessory are supported for further expansion. The unit is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
HP Deskjet 6540 printer, HP 96 black ink cartridge (C8767W), HP 97 tri-color ink cartridge (C9363W), HP Photo Printing software (Windows only), Printer software (Windows and Macintosh), User's guide on CD-ROM, setup poster, reference guide, power supply, power cord; printer cable not included; HP 99 photo inkjet cartridge not included

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 14.4 x 5.7 inches ; 13.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002GWJD8
  • Item model number: C8963A#B1H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 21, 2004

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Customer Reviews

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Summary: Excellent printer, highly recommended for printing text and documents in a flash.
I tried my best to find something bad about this printer.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Keim on October 7, 2004
HP Deskjet 6540 [PC Pro]

COMPANY: Hewlett - Packard

DATE: Nov 04

Verdict: Excellent text quality, high speed, expandability and smart styling aren't quiteenough to make this basic printer competitive.

The 6540 is the first unit we've seen from HP's all new Deskjet line-up, a range that's been home to several Recommended and A-List award-winners.

Compared to Canon's Pixma iP3000, the 6540 is a fairly basic unit - there's just a single printer tray, no duplex or CD printing, and no direct-print-from-camera functions, yet it still manages to be almost £30 more expensive. In terms of build quality though, it's streets ahead of the Canon. The dapper metal shell of the HP is much slicker than the iP3000's silver plastic, and the whole unit suffers from much less rattle. The lid is even geared so that it closes softly rather than slamming shut.

This attention to detail is carried over to the button panel on the left; the keys have a positive clicking action and are smartly lit. The bottom button switches between printing modes (draft, normal and best), though the printer software can override this if you'd prefer. Paper follows the traditional HP U-feed path - not a problem unless you want to print on non-standard or thicker media - and there's the usual slot for feeding envelopes. You'll also notice the inclusion of an upstream USB port on the front - not for connecting a camera, but as an easy way to connect a laptop. We're not convinced it's a must-have feature, but it's there if you want it.

In testing, text documents were near laser-quality, with crisp, black and well-formed characters on default settings, while draft mode only added slight feathering.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By disfrazao on June 21, 2005
Excellent printer, highly recommended for printing text and documents in a flash. While standard photo settings lag behind other printers, spending an hour or so learning how to use the Printer Properties will enable you to come up with spectacularly colorful prints, lacking only minor detail. If you're going to be primarily printing photos, get something else, otherwise, the HP 6540 is at the head of its class!

- Borderless photo/all purpose printing is VERY useful when you can't quite get the margins small enough... and you don't have to print them at "Best" photo quality.
- Durable build with a geared metal cover which closes softly instead of crashing when closed.
- Unbelievable speed for an inkjet. In Fast Draft mode (which is perfectly fine for text), the printer actually pulls the second sheet in before it has completely finished the first, adding to the speed of the printhead.
- Quiet operation even during Fast Draft mode.
- Easy, responsive print cancel and quality buttons, although no LCD... if the printer has a problem you have to go to the computer to see what it is, which could be a problem if the computer and printer are not near each other.
- Use TONS of different kinds of media, except really stiff stationery which may have a hard time navigating the printer's tight paper path.
- The entire finished paper tray lifts up and out easily to expose the paper load tray beneath... just lift it out to help a paper jam or to feed custom size paper.
- It's just fun to watch.

- Large blocks of solid color (like backgrounds) print striped on Fast Draft, Fast Normal, and sometimes even Normal.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jason on August 22, 2005
Verified Purchase
I'll start by saying that the reason I purchased this printer was that in an issue of Consumer Reports, where they rated photo printers, this one came out #1. Normally I'd never buy something like this over amazon, but they did have the best price for this machine.


Without question, this printer, using PHOTO PAPER, mind you - don't complaint about photo quality when you try to print on paper, prints the BEST photos I've ever seen come out of a printer. I took my digital camera (Canon PowerShot A75) on vacation to New Hampshire in the spring, and got some amazing outdoor photos. The colors came out vibrant and rich, and I ended up framing some of the ones I printed.

Various photo projects over the course of the last 6 months have all yielded the same results - high quality, top flight prints on photo paper.

It's a little slow on text, but who cares? As a home printer, I can't ask for more. It's reasonably economical on toner, and takes the very common HP number-coded 96 & 97 Black and Tri-Color cartridges.

Bottom line, if you've got a nice digital camera, and want prints that are comparable to anything you could get from a lab - get this printer! Feel free to come to my house and I'll prove it to you! :)
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By W. Paul W. on January 24, 2005
This printer has some strengths, but some serious weaknesses as well, particularly given the price of the unit (some 130 US, give or take).

It is great for printing text; the quality of the text output is certainly very good, and the printer is remarkably fast. In addition, economny is acceptable--it's not bad, but not outstanding either. Further, the printer is both attractive (a minor consideration) and sturdy (major consideration). You can realistically expect speedy printing of almost anything; photos, graphics, text, what have. It'll be a fast printer, and with the text and graphics, output ranges from acceptable to great.
Also, you can do duplex (that is, two sided) printing, which can be nice to have in some limited circumstances.

However, the photos are simply atrocious, particularly for the price of the printer. My three+ year old Epson C84 (which was a hundred dollar printer three years ago--that's 30 bucks cheaper folks) prints far better photos.

The issue isn't so much the color; there are actually some good color management features in the software. It's just that it doesn't seem to produce sharp photos; details are fuzzy, the picture pixilated, etc. It's truly dissapointing, particularly because I'd wanted to like this printer, given it's capabilities at printing documents. But honestly, it looks like someone used to much digital zoom when they took a photo if you print it off on this printer. The ONLY exeptions are really simply photos; ones without detail.

Photos aside, the software is ghastly, in true HP fashion. Changing all the settings anytime you want to print something else (labels, photos, different paper sizes, etc.) is a real pain in the butt.

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