HP Deskjet 2541 All-in-one printer is an inexpensive printer that supports wireless printing. It can do printing, copying and scanning jobs but faxing is not possible with this machine. Nowadays, people don’t want to buy printer without wireless option. It has become a necessity with increase in use of Smart Phones and tablet. HP understands this requirement and has designed Deskjet 2541 printer that comes with wireless printing option and is also great for those who are on low budget. The Printer supports HP wireless direct print which allows users to print from their IPhone, Ipad and other Smart phone or tablet. Besides wireless connectivity, it comes with USB connectivity as well. As this a budget printer, you may find certain features missing in the configuration. The manufacturer has removed features like Auto Duplex Printing and Auto Document Feeding from this machine. It comes with simple design and is suitable for home users and students. Currently (Blackfriday sales) Walmart is offering it at a price of $35 but the regular price of this printer is higher. HP Deskjet 2541 Wireless All-in-One printer is the newer version of HP Deskjet 2540.
Design and features of HP 2541 Deskjet All-in-One Print, Scan & Copy Inkjet Printer
HP 2541 Deskjet Printer is a simple yet attractive printer. The control panel has power, cancel, wireless, Wireless Direct, copy black and copy color buttons. There is one error indicator (!) also which indicates if there is any issue, like paper jam, with the printer. Cartridge button indicates present ink level. A small display panel indicates number of copies, media error and wireless status.
The dimension of the printer is 6.22 x 16.7 x 12 inches or 157X 425X 306mm (approx.). Weighing around 11.49 lbs (5.21kg), it is little bulkier in its category. Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity is missing in this printer. HP Deskjet 2541 All in one printer doesn’t have media card reader slot and USB port doesn’t support printing directly from any kind of USB flash drives.
Like HP Deskjet 2540, you need to open up the top flap to feed papers to input tray. The input tray holds up to 50 sheets of plain paper (64 to 90 g/m²), 5 sheets of envelope, 20 sheets of photo paper and Index card. It supports almost all paper sizes and formats which include letter, Legal, cabinet, A4, A5, B5, DL, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes, C5, C6 and card envelop etc.
The output tray holds up to 30 sheets of paper, 5 envelopes, 10 index cards and 10 photo papers. The capacity of input and output tray is at par with any budget printer.
Printing performance of HP 2542 Deskjet
HP 2542 Deskjet printer can print from 600x600dpi to maximum enhanced resolution of 4,800 x 1,200dpi, for color printing.
As per ISO standard, HP Deskjet 2542 printer can print up to 7 pages per minute, when it comes to printing black and white documents, and 4.5 pages per minute when it comes to color printing. However, according to the manufacturer, this printer can print up to 16 ppm when it comes to color printing and 20 ppm when it comes to B/W printing. Duty cycle of the printer is 1000 pages per month.
HP Deskjet 2541 printer supports 600 X 300 dpi resolutions while copying both black and white and color dcuments. Copying speed is 4.5 copy per min for B/W and 3 copy per min for color.
The scanner supports scanning up to 1200 X 1200 dpi in optical mode.
HP Deskjet 2541 Wireless All in one printer is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows vista, Windows XP service pack 3. When it comes to MAC support, the printer is compatible with Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X v10.7 Lion, OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
Printing cost for black and white printing would be around 6 – 8 cents (approx.) per page, depending upon type of cartridges used. For color printing, the cost would be around 9-11 cents (approx.) again depending upon type of cartridges used. The cartridges it supports are HP 61 Black and HP 61 Tri Color.
Pros of HP Deskjet 2541
Inexpensive wireless AIO printer
Cons of HP Deskjet 2541
No media card slot
No Pictbridge option available