HP Deskjet 2542 All-in-one printer, though a budget printer, is capable of wireless printing. The functionality of this printer includes printing, copying and scanning. However, it is not capable of faxing. With increased use of Smart Phones and tablets, people are more interested in a printer that offers wireless mobile printing option. HP 2542 printer offers wireless printing option and fits into household budget. It supports HP wireless direct print through which user can print from their IPhone, Ipad or other Smart phone or tablet. Besides wireless connectivity, it comes with USB connectivity as well. Features like Auto Duplex Printing and Auto Document Feeding are missing in this printer. It comes with simple design and is suitable for home users and students. The regular price of this printer is around $75 at Walmart. Walmart Canada is going to offer this printer at price of $35 (CAD) during Boxing day week. HP Deskjet 2542 Wireless All-in-One printer is part of HP Deskjet 2540 family.
Design and features of HP 2542 Deskjet All-in-One Print, Scan & Copy Inkjet Printer
Visually, HP 2542 Deskjet Printer is a simple but attractive printer. The control panel includes 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 is there to indicate 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.) and weighing around 11.49 lbs (5.21kg), it is little bulkier. Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity is missing in this printer. HP Deskjet 2542 All in one printer doesn’t come with media card reader or slot and USB port doesn’t support printing directly from any kind of USB flash drives.
Like HP Deskjet 2514, the input tray of HP Deskjet 2542 All in one printer hinges up from the top of the printer. 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, while printing black and white documents, and 4.5 pages per minute when it comes to color printing. However, according to 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 2542 printer supports 600 X 300 dpi resolutions when 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 2542 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.
Pros of HP Deskjet 2542 All-in-one Printer
Inexpensive wireless AIO printer
Cons of HP Deskjet 2542 Printer
No media card slot
No Pictbridge option available