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No running out of ink ever again with the HP Envy 5540 printer

Posted Date 06/28/17

HP’s new budget-priced multifunction printer the Envy 5540 is a great value purchase if colour printing at home is a priority.

And it’s one of a range of printers that come with the option to join the company’s somewhat revolutionary new subscription service for ink — that means you’ll never run out of ink again.

The compact inkjet machine includes lots of useful features such as WiFi and WiFi Direct printing and smartphone support.

It’s a simple piece of kit to install and configure — and because it’s WiFi enabled you can tuck it away in any corner of the house that suits.

Not that it won’t look good on a desk or cabinet — it’s got the traditional HP glossy black design with a 2.2-in touchscreen display.

The Envy 5540 is compatible with Macs, Windows PCs and Chromebooks.

You can also print directly from Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.

It’s powered by a basic chipset, so it’s not the fastest machine on the block, but for home use speed is rarely an issue — unless perhaps if you are a student printing out a thesis.

This machine is more for the occasional user, like me.

Its main tray only has room for 125 sheets, the output tray holds 25 sheets and the photo tray (for 4in x 6in prints) can take 15 sheets.

The Envy 5540 can manage up to 1200 dpi scanning and 1200 dpi mono printing.

This increases to 4800 x 1200 dpi full colour printing using some HP photo papers.

It copies at 10 pages per minute in black ink and five pages per minute in colour.

The print speeds can clock up to 22ppm in black draft mode and 21ppm in colour draft mode.

The quality of the printing in the Fine setting using plain paper is superb.

olours are vivid, photos are sharp and bright, and there is no banding or unwanted noise.

Quality excels on photo paper.

The Envy 5540 is also superfast at scanning documents to PDF.

On the downside, the 5540 doesn't have an automatic document feeder, a memory card slot for printing from SD cards, or a USB port for flash drives.

The cost of ink cartridges puts many people of using home printers — but full colour printing on this machine works out at less than 4p a sheet, which is quite reasonable.

However, you’ll get much better value if you enrol in HP’s new Instant Ink subscription service.

It’s a three-tiered service: €2.99 per month for 50 pages, €4.99 for 100 pages and €9.99 for 300 pages.

Best of all, the service includes automatic re-ordering when your printer is running low on ink.

HP's included software is a basic suite for printing, scanning and copying, with additions such as Photo Creations for making your own invitations, calendars and various photo gifts.

Overall, the HP Envy 5540 is a great value versatile performer for the home user.

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