When we were chosen to review the new HP ENVY 5540 printer and the Instant Ink service I was over the moon and excited to try out the new ‘Instant Ink’ concept as I use our home printer a lot and love the idea of literally never running out of ink. I have been set different tasks by HP to give you a jam packed review with everything you need to know from setting up to print quality which has been great fun. We were sent a lovely new printer, paper and a pre paid card to get out instant ink account set up.
Setting up our new HP ENVY 5540
When the HP ENVY 5540 arrived it was so easy to set up. The quick start guide inside the box gives you the simplest step by step instructions and it literally took less then ten minutes to set up, install on my phone and laptop and set up my Instant Ink account. When setting up my Instant Ink account you can pick from three different monthly accounts starting at £1.99 which would give you a total ink saving of a whooping £78. After I set up the printer and was ready to go I was eager to print something to see how great the quality of the printer is. After less than a week after setting up the Instant Ink my first months ink arrived. I love that from now on I will never run out of ink when I really need it and without even thinking about it the ink will be delivered to my door. I absolutely love this as I have lost count of the amount of times I have tried to print something and have run low on ink so it only prints faintly if at all. Now I will never have to worry about running out and I am making a huge saving too each year on ink costs! Happy days! It was quick and easy to connect my laptop and printer using my home wifi and I can also send documents from my phone directly as well. I downloaded the HP app which makes it a lot easier.
Since setting the printer up I have printed photos, documents and scanned Greg’s passport and other things and cannot believe the quality of the printing. When scanning the passport it looked as good as the real thing! I have loaded our printer with HP Inkjet plain paper with ColorLok which is thick, amazing quality and everything prints on it so bright and clear and looks like professional printers quality. There are three different print modes; ‘Draft’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Best’. Draft mode is when you’re looking for a faster print mode that uses less ink, I have used this for printing colouring sheets for Oscar or forms for school trip information for instance. Best is ideal for photos and genuinely looks like you have printed the photos in a shop rather than at home. To be honest there isn’t a huge difference between the modes as they print at such a high quality.
We had some fun experiments to try out and put the ink and printer through its paces. I printed off different documents and pictures and tried to make a smudge but nothing smudged at all. I also used a wet cloth to see if out photo would be ruined after a wet test and again the results were outstanding.
Printer design and our huge cost savings!
The printer itself looks really sleek and modern and high end. It would look great in a home office as well as a in a main room in the house. It fits in well with our life and house decor as its modern and the rounded edges make it look soft and sleek. The printer can be moved around the home easily by simply unplugging the printer and plugging it back in in the room you are using it in. It quickly picks up my laptop and iPhone through the wifi connection and I can also send documents directly from my inbox to my printer too. This was useful on Monday as we went to the family day at Windsor race course we were just about to leave and I had forgotten to print off our tickets so I quickly sent the tickets from my inbox on my phone directly to the printer and by the time I had walked upstairs to the office they were already printed ready for me, which saved so much time then turning on my laptop.
When it comes to ink like I said before I have been caught short many times before with either no print or low ink that barely prints a thing. I never have to worry about that again as the HP ENVY 5540 communicates to my Instant Ink account to ensure a new supply of ink arrives at my door before I run out of your current supply completely. It is so easy to check how much ink you have used/have left to use by checking the screen which gives you colour and black ink amounts and alerts your account when you are running low.
Our ink now costs us £1.99 a month which is a saving of £78 a year, if you print lots of pages you can save a huge amount of £516! The saving is huge. I would spend at least £30 a time when ordering a two pack of colour/black ink cartridges before and as I often print photos I would probably spend £90 a year on ink which is only going up year after year as Oscar now has homework and things he wants to print as well. At the moment HP have £20 off the HP ENVY 5540 wireless printer is only £59.99 so the printer plus the monthly ink amount is still less than what I spent on ink alone last year. I have compared this to another printer brand and a like for like (ish) printer and before you even start the printer is more expensive, the printer holds 5 ink cartridges which works out £65.45 on ink and if you need to buy those 2 or 3 times a year that is nearly £400 for the printer and ink! That gives me a huge saving of around £320.
After using our new printer for over a month now and printing off everything from tickets for family days out, boarding passes for Greg , homework for Oscar and photos for me to frame I am so impressed with the HP ENVY 5540. The quality of everything I have printed has been amazing and I am blown away by how professional photos look and how durable they are when testing the smudge and wet test I couldn’t believe that the photos stayed in tact. Oscar loves printing off the Disney printable which you can do at a touch of the screen. It takes less than 8 seconds to print out a page even with a photo on it, it’s speedy printing at its best.
The ‘Instant Ink’ is fantastic and as a busy family I don’t have to ever worry about running out again. With Oscar at school and we often need to print things off for him there would be nothing worse than running out of ink and him not being able to finish his homework until I had ordered more ink or gone to the shops to get some. Also as we start to use the printer more and more I can adjust out instant ink account accordingly which is great!
Overall I am completely sold on the ‘Instant Ink’ and would never change back now. It is such a great idea and is one less thing to worry about when running a busy household. The printer is fantastic and great value too. We have really enjoyed this review and I am shocked at how high quality home printing with HP is now.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I have received a HP Envy 5540 printer and supplies, plus £50 pre-paid instant Ink card in return for writing this post.