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HP DeskJet 5740 Color Inkjet Printer

by HP
3.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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  • Up to 23 ppm black, 18 ppm color, 26 ppm with optional cartridge
  • Up to 1,200 dpi black resolution, 4,800 optimized dpi color
  • Borderless photo printing on paper up to 8.5 by 24 inches
  • HP PhotoREt III color technology, PhotoREt IV with optional cartridge
  • USB connectivity, optional external print server; PC and Mac compatible
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Technical Details

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Product Description

Product Description

Box Includes: Color Printer, HP 94 Black Inkjet Cartridge(C8765W), HP 95 Tricolor Inkjet Cartridge(C8766W), HP Photo Printing software, Printer drivers for Windows & Macintosh Power supply & cord, setup poster and reference guide Accepts plain, inkjet, photo and banner paper -- as well as envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards, iron-ons and borderless media Memory - 2MB ROM, 16MB DRAM Works for PC and Mac systems Dimensions(WxDxH) - 17.72 x 8.43 x 6.3 (450 x 214 x 160 mm) Weight - 7.3 lbs(3.3kg)

From the Manufacturer

The HP DeskJet 5740 is a versatile printer with professional color--up to 4,800-optimized dpi, or you can add six-ink color (four-ink is standard). Create standard and custom size photos up to 8.5 by 24 inches, with or without borders. Get fast speeds, up to 23 ppm laser-quality black, up to 18 ppm color. Increase black print speed up to 26 ppm with an optional black cartridge.

The HP Deskjet 5740 offers quick, user-friendly setup and a convenient control panel with one-touch print cancel button, ink status display, and automatic ink-backup printing. The compact design is ideal for small spaces in the home or office, and a 100-sheet input paper tray folds up for storage.

Increase value and the number of pages printed, with higher volume HP black ink cartridges. With included HP photo printing software, you can easily create reprints, enlargements, photo layouts, and album pages. Print long-lasting, professional-quality photos with exceptional fade resistance.


  • Make a positive impression every time you print, with reliable, professional photo-quality color and laser-quality black. Enjoy the versatility of printing in 4,800-optimized dpi color and four-ink color, or optional six-ink color for richer photos.
  • Organize and enhance your photos. Included HP photo printing software is easy to use. Drag and drop photos to quickly resize for reprints and enlargements. Print multiple photos and sizes on one page. Plus rotate, crop, adjust color, light, and sharpness with easy photo editing.
  • Print professional photos that resist fading longer than traditionally processed photos, with optional six-ink color printing and HP Premium Plus photo papers. Produce bright, vivid prints with exceptional fade resistance.
  • Print fast, laser-quality black text and color graphics at speeds up to 23 ppm black, up to 18 ppm color; or enhance speed and productivity up to 26 ppm black with an optional HP 96 Black Inkjet print cartridge (not included, sold separately).
  • Print standard and custom size photos, with or without borders, using paper up to 8.5 by 24 inches. Easily print photos for display in standard frame sizes using pre-cut 4-by-6, 5-by-7, and 8-by-10-inch photo papers.
  • Manage the printer easily with the convenient print cancel button and ink status display on front panel.
What's in the Box
HP Deskjet 5740 color inkjet printer, HP 94 black inkjet print cartridge (C8765W), HP 95 tri-color inkjet print cartridge (C8766W), setup poster, reference guide, power supply and power cord; HP Photo Printing software (Windows), printer software (Windows and Macintosh) and User's guide on CD-ROM; USB cable not included

Product Information

Product Dimensions 17.7 x 6.3 x 8.4 inches
Item Weight 7.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 10.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number C9016A#B1H
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #623 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Printers > Inkjet Printers
Date first available at July 21, 2004

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Top Customer Reviews

I have a small desk and that's one reason I picked the Deskjet 5740. Both paper trays fold up neatly when not in use, making this one of the most compact printers I've ever used.

My #1 concern was text print quality as I do a lot of correspondence and not that much color photo printing. With inkjet paper (my favorite everyday paper is HP's Bright White Inkjet which goes for $8 for 500 sheets), the results are outstanding. Text is crisp and black... it looks right out of a laser printer!

The Mac OS X drivers are top notch! It can handle inkjet Avery labels, card stock, envelopes, transparencies, and premium photo paper. Plus it gives you full control over ink density, color balance, and ColorSync (Be sure to download the latest printer drivers from HP's website as the CD was a little out of date).

And when you use glossy photo paper, the color photos are just like film. Really outstanding photo printing from HP's "home office" Deskjet line. It can also use the special "Photo" ink cartridge as well as the standard "TriColor" cartridge. The 5740 also accepts HP's jumbo sized black and tri-color cartridges, which are double the size of a normal cartridge at a much better price.

You can't get a better printer for $99!
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Just because there is no official "Windows XP" badge on the printer or the Microsoft web site does not mean the printer "is not XP compatible". That just means Microsoft has tested it and certified it for the particular OS. I have owned many HP printers and have found them to be the most reliable. My only issue has been cartridge cost but after having owned a Canon printer with separate color tanks, I'll stick with HP. As a previous poster stated about an Epson, you spend most of the time cleaning print heads. The poor sales guy at BestBuy was correct to say that the HP was trouble free. Of course this is a generality but for the most part, they are. I used to sell printers and the ratio of HP returns to other brands was wide. I would test returned merchandise and find that most items were fine. The problems are usually with the user or the user's computer.
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Since we already have a scanner and a separate photo printer I just wanted a simple deskjet printer to use for family and school projects. I spent a day or so researching a bunch of different types and decided on this one. I couldn't be happier. The print quality is fantastic and although it wasn't a priority for me I was thrilled with the speed it prints both color and black and white pages. Just had a paper jam this morning (did I mention I have kids?)and rather than spending 10 minutes trying to rip the paper out of the machine, it very nicely rolled the whole stack right out. I *love* this printer - and am amazed we got it for under $100.
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I purchased the 5740 early this year as a replacement to an HP 970Cxi. It was still running great but, my printing needs had increased and I wanted a newer model. At first, I was quite pleased with my purchase. I had used it for both b/w and color prints with no problems and then one day it just stopped printing in color. I naturally replaced the color cartridge thinking it had run out. Nope, that wasn't the problem. I went through all the maintenance procedures they recommend...still nothing. I did the HP chat and he thought it might be a driver issue. I removed the printer and did a new install and for that day, the printer worked fine. I shut down my computer and when I rebooted the problem was back again. Did the whole removal...from the the registry and everything...and a fresh install. Again, it worked fine for the day and then died again. Nothing had changed on my new software or hardware. Spoke to HP again and he decided the unit was defective and suggested a replacement. I agreed. Sent back the unit, received the refurbished one and once again removed the drivers, etc and reinstalled. Bingo, this one doesn't work either. Removed the 5740 and hooked up the old HP and installed its drivers. No problems. I tried the 5740 on another computer with XP and similiar problems ensued. I've decided it's not my's the printer. Another reviewer stated the drivers weren't compatible with XP. I'd have to say that I agree.
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I had an HP Printer that held up for 4 years of undergrad and one of law school before I decided to replace it (worked fine, just was a bit slow). Since I had such good luck with my last HP (5 years of printing) I thought I would get this model. I have been consistantly disappointed with it ever since. It constantly reports that it is out of paper when it is not, routinely pulls in 2 sheets at a time, reports paper jams when there is no paper in it, and has lately taken to saying that the ink cartridge can't move, which also isn't true since just turning the thing off and on fixes that problem. Whatever you do, don't buy this printer, if possible I would give it 0 stars.
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We bought this printer because our old printer wasn't compatible with our new Mac. I insisted that we buy an HP because our old HP printer was so reliable. This printer, however, drives me batty. It gets frequent paper jams, and I cannot get it to print envelopes straight. Currently, it is printing black print in varying shades of brown, despite the fact that I just replaced the black ink cartridge. Most infuriating, however, is its tendency to just stop working midway through a print job. This happens about 30% of the time. It will simply stop, and I have to go into the printer box on the computer to restart it. It is a huge waste of time and paper (it spits out the half-printed page when you restart it and starts that page over), and just plain irritating. I think maybe I'll check out the other brands when I finally lose it and pitch this one through the window.
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