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HP Deskjet 2540
  • HP Deskjet 2540
  • HP Deskjet 2540 - Controls
  • HP Deskjet 2540 - Open
  • HP Deskjet 2540 - Cartridges
  • HP Deskjet 2540 - Feature Table
  • HP Deskjet 2540 - Print Speeds and Costs


Our Score:



  • Low purchase price
  • Simple controls and LCD
  • Good quality copies


  • Fiddly cartridge renewal
  • Images don’t fill 15x10 photos
  • No NFC support

Key Features

  • ePrint, AirPrint and Wireless Direct
  • Standard and high yield cartridges
  • Fast wireless connection
  • Scan to mobile device
  • Compact dimensions
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £47.00

What is the HP Deskjet 2540?

Low cost all-in-ones have traditionally been USB only and designed for simple PC to printer connections. With the increasing use of mobile phones and tablets, this paradigm doesn’t work as well, so HP has built various wireless technologies into the Deskjet 2540.

HP Deskjet 2540

HP Deskjet 2540 - Design and Features

The mainly white printer has a steeply raked front panel and a look that one colleague said wouldn’t be out of place on a cruise liner. We can see her point. The smoothly rounded edges give a compact feel to the machine, though it’s quite tall for an all-in-one with no Automatic Document Feeder (ADF).

The control panel consists of six buttons set into the top of the case, along with three indicator leds and an LCD panel which has icons for wireless strength and a counter for copy numbers.

HP Deskjet 2540 - Controls

Pull down the front cover and swing out the extra paper support and you have the output tray for paper. Flip up the flap on top and you have a feed tray, working from the rear. This is unusual for HP, which normally feeds paper in and out from the front of its printers.

The flatbed scanner lid sits open without problem, but doesn’t have extending hinges, so bound documents are a bit difficult to scan. It does work with HP’s Android App, though, so you can scan to a phone or tablet.

HP Deskjet 2540 - Connections and Installation

A single USB socket at the back of the printer is the only cabled connection, but you lose much of the device’s functionality if you don’t connect wirelessly. Connecting up is a question of pressing a button on the printer and the WPS button on your router and running the software installation.

HP is keen on you installing from the Web, rather than from the supplied CD, though this involves a hefty download and a number of mandatory click-to-select options. Whatever happened to the ‘install from printer’ regime HP trialled a year or so back? That was far simpler.


November 15, 2013, 2:04 am

Does it print good quality photos?

Heidi Marie

January 12, 2014, 10:53 pm

How does it do printing card stock or half sheets? My current printer (also an HP) jams the paper and marks it. I'm wondering if it's the difference between the type of paper feeders.

Anna Ulloa

January 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

It works great and simple to install.


January 30, 2014, 3:29 pm

is it compatible with mac?


March 7, 2014, 10:35 am

supplied with a 2-pin socket - really?

Dennis Bird

April 18, 2014, 1:44 am

This is an amazing printer.
I run linux, and I had this baby up and running wirelessly within fifteen minuites.
Cudos to HP for providing a well functioning shell script which is nearly universal to all modern linux/unix systems.

Cant stress enough how important open source drivers from the manufacturer can be.

Thank You,
Thank You,
Thank You,

D. Bird - Ontario, Canada

Paul Smith

July 9, 2014, 3:07 pm

Don't buy this printer if you want to copy A4 pages.
Printing & scanning are fine, but when copying an A4 sheet the bottom 1.5cm is not copied. Issue discussed with HP but they don't give a damn. They admit that the unit is not capable of copying a full A4 sheet (as advertised) and that is the way that it is designed but will not replace it with a unit that is capable. Returned unit to shop as not not fit for purpose. HP customer support is exceptionally poor.

Tom Weaver

September 2, 2014, 3:24 pm

This is a fantastic printer. I had an HP 6100 before which was rubbish but this is so easy to setup and use. Easy HP best printer in this price range. I'm well chuffed and in ref to the previous review, you could always scan a document to your lappy and then print it if you can't get the bottom 1.5cm using photocopy.

Kev Landry

November 1, 2015, 5:17 pm

This is pretty much exactly the same as my problem with this cheap printer HP support is horrible! (at least I think it is, they never responded) Printer is NOT one you want for A4 pics. I will NEVER purchase from HP again!

anthony amos

November 1, 2015, 7:29 pm

i found when i wanted to scan a doc and come to save it i found that it was not possible to save as a wrd doc


February 15, 2016, 7:34 pm

I don't understand why you list something exotic like NFC as a con, but not the single colour cartridge.

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