Review of HP DeskJet 940C Color Printer

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Hewlett-Packard’s 940C printer integrates high-quality printing with a space-saving style that’s preferably matched for little work areas. Weighing in at less than 20 pounds, it fits comfortably into any 18-by-10-inch area and links easily to your PC or Macintosh by means of either standard or USB connection.

Supplying both impressive information and economic use of consumables, this thermal inkjet quickly makes its keep in the home office. Color prints are churned out at approximately 10 pages per minute, with a totally filled 2,400 x 1,200 dpi resolution. Monochrome print jobs are processed at up to 12 pages per minute and get a letter-perfect 600 dpi resolution. The 940C input tray manages 100 sheets of 20-pound paper in letter and legal sizes. Additional paper-handling options consist of all kinds of photo paper, stickers, index cards, and envelopes.

With easy one-touch operation and clear onscreen windows to browse you through the printing procedure, everyone in the family can use this sturdily built machine. Hewlett-Packard includes a 90-day service warranty on parts and labor.

 

We’ve had this printer for 3 weeks, and it did eat paper and printed unevenly until we discovered that a small door on the back, used to clear paper jams, was not fully closed. Going to HP’s website, we learned that the paper guides must be snug and that it works best with stacks of photo paper, rather than 1-2 sheets of photo paper placed on a previous stack of plain paper. We have not had problems with paper feeds since.
Overall, this printer is a fantastic value and provides the best bang for the buck you can get. The photo quality is indistinguishable from a ‘real’ photo. This, however, is dependent on the quality of the photo, as well as the paper used (we have had excellent results with HP’s Premium Glossy paper). If the focus of the picture is slightly off, the print will look awful. The photos will look only as good as the original pictures. The plain paper text printing is surprisingly good as well, even in draft mode. Also, the print heads are part of the ink cartridges. This means that they are replaced when you replace cartridges and require no cleaning and less maintenance. As we’ve discoverd, replacing print heads can be expensive.
Pros:
* True photo quality
* Excellent plain paper text printing
* Non-photo printing is fast
* Separate color & black ink cartridges
* Printing heads are part of ink cartridges
Cons:
* Photo printing is not that fast, but the quality is worth it
* A little bulky, but all inkjets are like that

Customer Reviews

Better than most reviews say

 on December 29, 2001
By a Tampa Bay local
After 4 years of heavy use, our trusty b&w HP laser printer died and we decided to go for a color printer. Since we recently got a digital camera, photo quality was a must. After much research, we considered buying a Canon, but went to a store to see if we could get any info about photo printing in general. A young man advised us to go for an HP, showing us pictures he’d taken and printed, and explaining some other points. We did some further research and the main complaint against the 940c was its’ tendency to eat paper.

Quiet, Great Photo output

 on January 15, 2002
By Michael Casey
Having previously owned an Epson 780 (wow, what a loud printer) I decided to go back to HP and I was not dissapointed. Photo print quality (at 2400×1200) is wonderful — bright, accurate colors with excellent shadow detail. HP’s print driver software allows you to edit colors and levels but this is best done in Photoshop or other photo editing software. Also, it’s very quiet (a consideration when you’re the only one up late printing). I have had no paper misfeeds as I did in older HP printers — even thick photo stock fed well.

Excellent! I just ordered another one!

 on November 27, 2012
By rkpaden
Printer was exactly as I expected, practically new condition and worked perfectly. It was shipped quickly and I am very satisfied. In fact, I just ordered another from Solar. I think it was the last refurbished one they had. Sorry.

Satisfied fully

 on February 5, 2014
By Michael Valk
I already had one of these older HP deskjet models and at work, we still use an older DOS database that requires the functions of the older printers. Can’t really explain exactly why this is but newer printers do not work with older DOS programs. I have one that I’ve printed hard on for years and I’m sure it’s preparing to see it’s end so I wanted to get a stand by printer to be ready for replacement when it occurs.

HP 940C – best printer for the money

 on October 10, 2002
By JohnH
I’ve had this printer for a year, printed hundreds of cards, photos, orindary pages, etc. It’s really a top-notch printer. Not completely perfect, mind you (I had one jam), but as near as you could dream of. I’ve also owned two different Epson printers, and one low-end Lexmark and found the quality of this one significantly superior. We’re talking superb output, solid construction, good paper management. And economical. I swear I must have printed over 100 pages while the color cartidge was on a low ink level. I like it so much I’m going to buy a 2nd one for my other computer.

Just What I wanted

 on June 6, 2013
By Texas Trapper
My old 940c has been in use for years now and finally gave up the ghost. Not only is this one just what I wanted(too many of the newer printers just do not do the job that I am looking for). The seller description was right on and I received it a day earlier than told I would.

Five Stars

 on December 10, 2016
By George Malko
Beautifully refurbished, exactly what I need. Thank you!

My appraisal of HP DeskJet 940c Printer

 on January 4, 2014
By Jack H. Lowe
I knew it was used when I ordered it, so I suspected some problems. It took some help to get it going, but it is working fine at this time. The problem was a dried up color cartridge (even though I started with a new one). It would have helped to have an indication as to what to look for; however, I am pleased with it so far.

Four Stars

 on June 12, 2017
By Don Salter
works fine

great

 on January 11, 2013
By MaximJr
bought this as a replacement printer at work. It’s used daily and never fail. It’s a true workhorse and we love it