HP DeskJet 5740

HP DeskJet 5740 is a Color Inkjet Printer features Print Resolution Up to 1200 rendered dpi black, Up to 4800 optimized dpi color, Print Speed Up to 23 ppm black, 18 ppm color, 26 ppm with optional cartridge, Paper Sizes Letter, legal, executive, No. 10 envelopes, cards, borderless photo, borderless panoramic. The HP DeskJet 5740 measures 17.72 x 8.43 x 6.3 in (W x D x H) and weighs 7.3 lb.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

HP DeskJet 5740 Reviews

PCWorld reviews the HP DeskJet 5740 and writes;
“The 5740’s print quality was good across the board. Text looked sharper than that of the other HP printers we reviewed in December 2004, but bleeding between closely spaced bold lettering was noticeable. Line art looked excellent, with nice straight lines and no banding. Our plain-paper color graphics displayed reasonably faithful colors and had enough detail in dark areas, but they were a bit grainy upon close inspection. On photo paper, the printer performed even better, generating sharp images, natural colors, and plenty of contrast even in darker areas. The grayscale image had a slightly greenish tinge, with smooth gradations and fine detail.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PCMag reviews the HP DeskJet 5740 and writes;
“Photo output is also just short of excellent, putting it in the same league as most photo printers. The output is marred only by slight posterization in one image and by colors that are a little too punchy. The differences between printing photos with standard ink and with photo ink are minor, but enough to make the roughly 30-second difference for a 4-by-6 well worth the wait.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

HP DeskJet 5740 User Reviews

One Great Printer
“This printer is one great printer in its price range! Fast and well built for its weight. The cartriges last a decent time and the colors are good. It’s easy to find replacement cartriges too. I did not find the device drivers for Mac OSX to be a problem or the paper handling like the other review. This is not the best ink jet but it may be for the money.” – by Karl
Rating: ★★★★★

A fantastic inkjet for Mac OS X
“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).” – by Navarro L. Parker
Rating: ★★★★☆

totally satisfied
“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.” – by jennybobenny
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Value – Don’t Forget to buy a USB Cable
“We bought this about three months ago for typical home use and it has worked great. It is small, fast and quiet. The buttons on the front of the machine are very basic (On/Off, clear jam, cancel print and an indicator for ink level in each of the two cartridges). We are using this on an older PC that runs WIndows 98. The setup was a breeze, but you have to buy the USB cable separately. The software that comes with the printer is pretty standard. Black and white documents are clean and color documents come out good but not good enough to print high-end photos. For the price this is a great value for home use.” – by Beabea
Rating: ★★★★★

OK price, nice speed, not many problems
“Prints QUICK. Print quality ROCKS. Even pictures. I normally can see the inkjet ‘dots’, but this is severely limited with this printer. While cartridges are small, if you print on “Normal” or quick printing, or degrade the saturation on default if you print a lot of for-your-own notes, the cartridges last over a semester of college (that’s printing school papers, all class notes, etc). Never had mine jam.” – by Shicaca
Rating: ★★★★★


HP DeskJet 5740 Brochure & User Guide

HP DeskJet 5740 User Guide for Windows
HP DeskJet 5740 User Guide for Mac

Features & Specifications

HP DeskJet 5740 Features

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.

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