HP Deskjet 6940 Color Printer Review

The HP Deskjet 6940 is a fundamental color inkjet printer designed for house as well as small-office individuals that have low-volume printing requirements but might want to print the occasional snapshot. Actually, its rate, features, and print high quality make it a terrific printer for college dorm rooms. Its no-fuss, inconspicuous design makes it very easy to embed the edge of your workplace or space, and the integrated Ethernet capacity indicates you could leave it there and also print from any networked computer in the office or from your roommate’s laptop computer. It’s basic to print photos without using your COMPUTER with the built-in USB port for PictBridge-enabled electronic cameras or cam phones, but that you need to alter out ink containers for ideal photo high quality is a little a drag if you change back and forth between regular text/graphic documents and also images. Still, at $130, the Deskjet 6940 is fairly a worth. If you desire autoduplexing and also a larger input tray, spring for the 6940dt. If you don’t need the network capability, look into the Canon Pixma iP4200; with this printer, for less than exactly what you ‘d pay for the base model of the HP Deskjet 6940, you get built-in duplexing and also 2 input trays.

The Deskjet 6940’s style is underrated and instead prissy. The blocky, silver-and-black printer steps 17.5 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and also 5.5 inches high, and it considers a light 13.2 extra pounds. The paper input/output tray protrudes of the printer’s front face virtually 5.5 inches as well as does not fold, which can be a discomfort if you’re brief on workdesk or shelf room. On the front left is a limited control panel that mirrors the printer’s couple of features: a power switch, a print cancel button, a print return to button, as well as a printer report button. There are also graphical LEDs to indicate reduced ink and a network connection. A solitary USB port for printing straight from a camera stays on the other side of the paper tray. The paper cartridge runs as both an input as well as result tray. The input tray, which sits below, holds up to 150 sheets and has 2 paper guides. You could purchase an optional 250-sheet input tray, as well. The tray does not glide out for re-filling, but the input tray’s cover, which functions as the result tray, flips up or pulls out entirely for very easy gain access to. The result tray has a pass-through slot for feeding in smaller sized media, such as envelopes, 4×6 image paper, or postcards. A pull-out expansion aids maintain longer paper in check.

The front cover turns up for easy accessibility to both ink cartridges, which are basic to switch over out. For common file printing, use the consisted of black cartridge and also the tricolor CMY cartridge. For picture printing, you can switch out the black ink for a second tricolor ink cartridge for six-color printing or for a grey cartridge for black-and-white images. Changing ink cartridges is a simple matter: open the primary cover, flip up the plastic cover for each ink tank, and also pull the tank right out. While the job is very easy enough, it can be a pain if you switch over to and fro typically in between pictures and routine files. If you’re ready to give up a little photo high quality for benefit, the Canon Pixma iP4200 doesn’t require changing ink tanks for photo printing. At least the HP Deskjet 6940 uses separate black as well as color ink storage tanks, though: if you print mostly black text, you won’t need to lose the priceless (and costly) color ink when you lack black. HP ships the printer with complete ink storage tanks, however they are expensive to replace: the basic black tanks sets you back $29.99, as well as the tricolor storage tank sets you back $34.99. The grey picture and also tricolor photo ink storage tanks cost $24.99 each. HP approximates that it sets you back 3.7 cents to print a page of black message as well as 7.8 cents for a page of color text– a little cheaper than the expense per page for the Canon Pixma iP4200.

With the PictBridge port, you could publish directly from your digital camera or cam phone without touching your COMPUTER. Furthermore, if you have a Bluetooth camera phone, you can link a wireless Bluetooth adapter (marketed individually) to the USB port for wireless photo printing. If you print photos from your computer, you can utilize the HP Real Life Technologies software program to retouch images. You could additionally choose between bordered or borderless pictures.

The HP Deskjet 6940 Printer did about as well or better than its competition in efficiency examinations. It published black message at a price of 6.97 pages per min (ppm) and also an 8.5 x11 photo at a price of 0.6 ppm. To contrast, the Canon Pixma iP4200 printed black text at 6.7 ppm and 8×10 images at 0.6 ppm. Its print quality is likewise functional for home or light office usage. Black message looks sharp and clean to the naked eye and examining the text under a loupe revealed just slight jagginess. Text was clear to very little factor dimensions. In color graphics, the jagginess was a bit extra apparent, however colors looked bright and saturated. We did discover banding in the slopes, nonetheless. And also the printer does an inadequate task of remaining neutral across the whole grayscale gradient. In the image print on HP image paper, we discovered some graininess, but for the most part, the photo high quality was good enough for informal snapshots. The general print quality of the Deskjet 6940 will certainly satisfy trainees and office workers.

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