Today, as an initial step into this brand new team, we’re reviewing one of many littlest and most inexpensive regarding the lot, the $99-list Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer. Provided, Instant Ink, which we’ll consider in more detail inside our Setup & Paper control part somewhat down the road, is the impetus of these brand new devices. By itself, except under particular situations, Instant Ink isn't a good primary explanation to choose confirmed printer model over another. With regards to managing the day-to-day cost of operating a printer, though, our primary problems among entry level and midrange inkjet AIOs features regularly been the price per web page (CPP). Plus that respect, the Instant Ink program stands on solid surface for several forms of output.
In a nutshell, Instant Ink lets you print a particular number of pages monthly for a set rate, and HP sends you the ink in order to make that possible while you take in it. This system is an expense leveler across printer designs, for the reason that no matter what Instant Ink-compatible HP printer you are looking at, the per-page cost of ink would be the exact same if you contribute to this program. Thus, you'll focus on picking a printer aided by the right print-volume score and have set.
For this unique Envy, just as its $99 list cost shows, it is not only small when it comes to its physical dimensions, but additionally in terms of amount and overall print rate. Although this Envy (like most other people within the HP Envy line) is reallyn’t very fast, the good news is our test images, scan examples, and practice photocopies looked great. Performing the latter kinds of tasks, though, is purely a page-or-two-at-a-time affair. That is because neither Envy design in this wave of HP Instant Ink printers (which also includes the HP Envy 4520) has an automatic document feeder (ADF) system for checking or copying multipage papers.
If you'd like an Envy with an ADF, you’ll need to spring the Envy 7640. (we now haven't however assessed that model, but we'll. It has an inventory cost of $199.99, and had been selling for $149.99 at hp.com as of this writing, in mid-October 2015.) A beneficial alternative to that model may also be one of HP’s business-centric Instant Ink-ready OfficeJet designs, all of which have actually ADFs.
One thing is for certain: When you combine these brand-new Envy and OfficeJet models with HP’s present lineup of comparable printers, the company now provides a thorough line of modern-day, small-print-volume AIOs with a twist—they have, as a result of Instant Ink, respectable CPP numbers. Which’s strange among affordable inkjets. Usually they are the priciest printers on a per-print foundation.
As for the Envy 5540, function- and volume-wise, it falls involving the HP Envy 5660 we evaluated earlier together with Envy 5530 we looked over a couple years back, each of all of them decent low-end printers. As is, the Envy 5540 is a great small printer like its forebears, as long as you don’t attempt to make use of it beyond its advised monthly page amount of 300 to 400 pages. Something previous that, and you’ll start to have the pinch of the machine’s volume limits, in addition of the low-capacity paper trays and single-sheet manual scanner. For thicker usage than just what HP advises, a higher-volume printer will be an improved pick.
Otherwise, within its limits, the HP Envy 5540 is an excellent printer for a property or home office.
Design & functions
This newest round of Envy printers, plus the past one, which included the above-mentioned Envy 5660 and 7640, all look pretty much alike (except that, as mentioned, the latter features an effective ADF, of 35 pages). Searching side-by-side during the two Envy designs of late introduced, they graduate in dimensions (and abilities)…
That’s the Envy 5540 there from the right. Doesn’t it seem that the larger 5540 design is a magnified form of the smaller Envy 4520 (at remaining), as if it's been for some reason proportionally inflated? That has been our impression witnessing all of them in skin. [Rather, in synthetic? –Ed.]
With all of the trays extended and prepared for action, the Envy 5540 steps slightly below 18 ins from side to side, 19.8 inches from front side to back, and merely over 6 inches large. It weighs a small 15 pounds. it is effortlessly a desktop printer.
You can easily link it to a community over its integral Wi-Fi, or right via a USB cable—wireless versus wired, correspondingly. That connection is on the right rear of this chassis...
The control panel, shown below, is wholly electronic, because of the only real analog control becoming the ability key…
The 2.2-inch screen is a touch display screen, but it’s not shade, and for that reason perhaps not almost as appealing whilst the control screens on various other models, like the HP Envy 5660 with its full-color touch screen. Nevertheless, even though it is just a little tiny and as a consequence significantly tiresome to manipulate (especially when you have thick fingers), it's very easy to find out and navigate, like most HP printer menus.
Among primary mobile connectivity functions is help for HP wi-fi Direct, HP’s form of the greater frequently known Wi-Fi Direct. it is used for linking a compatible smart phone straight to the Envy 5540 without either device (in this situation, the printer and a compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer) becoming connected to an intermediary system or a router. Additionally you get active support for most for the conventional mobile-connectivity tastes, among them Google’s Cloud Print, Apple’s AirPrint, and MOPRIA official certification. With this assortment, publishing is supported from products running Android os, iOS, Blackberry, Microsoft windows 8, Windows 10, Microsoft windows RT, and Windows 10 Mobile.
Beyond this is the ability to print from HP’s own printer applications. We’ve talked often times about HP’s printer apps, including in . Basically, just what printer apps come-down to is content—more techniques to make use of your printer, as well as for HP, even more methods for you to digest ink and paper—but helpful for most users likewise. They work through the printer’s control board and invite for direct-from-the-panel publishing of types, themes, coloring-book pages—a host of instant, typical blank-document kinds.
Missing with this Envy, but available on others, for instance the Envy 5660 and 7640, is a dedicated USB interface for connecting USB thumb drives or other additional storage for direct printing. As an alternative, these types of PC-free or "walk-up" jobs (eg printing from or scanning to a flash drive or a cloud site) must certanly be accomplished from your Computer. The Envy 5540 additionally does not have an SD-card slot for straight-from-the-card photo prints.
Typically, after that, apart from the manual ADF and lack of USB-drive/memory-card support, the Envy 5540’s function set is rather powerful. Remember, though, that within certain line of printers, features tend to be inexpensive to come across. Spending another $20 to $40 make an impact within the function ready.