HP Officejet Pro K5400
Manufacturer: HP Part number: C8184A
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- A single-function color inkjet, the HP Officejet Pro K5400 ably fills a small niche in the small- and medium-size office arenas. Low cost, fast prints, and high-quality text make this a great printer for offices on a budget who don't have high-volume printing needs but want the ability to print color graphics and photos.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $134.86
- Reviewed by: Felisa Yang
- Edited by: Matthew Elliott
- Reviewed on: 03/08/2007
- Released on: 02/06/2007
The good: Decently fast text prints; near to laser quality text; low per-page costs; 24-7 phone support.
The bad: A bit pricey for a single-function inkjet; photo prints aren't great; bulky.
The bottom line: A single-function color inkjet, the HP Officejet Pro K5400 ably fills a small niche in the small- and medium-size office arenas. Low cost, fast prints, and high-quality text make this a great printer for offices on a budget who don't have high-volume printing needs but want the ability to print color graphics and photos.
Printout Problems with HP Vivera Ink
by John 14:6 on June 28, 2007
Pros: Text quality was very good; paper feed was fine; printer was fast.
Cons: Printout problems with HP Vivera ink overshadow good qualities.
Summary: I recently purchased and returned this printer because of printout problems with HP Vivera ink. The ink from an all-text printout came off onto my hands when handling and folding ...
Summary: I recently purchased and returned this printer because of printout problems with HP Vivera ink. The ink from an all-text printout came off onto my hands when handling and folding the printout and the printed text could slightly smudge.
To try to overcome this problem, I used both regular copy paper and HP Color Inkjet Paper at various printer settings and allowed each printout to dry for about 15 - 20 minutes or more but nothing worked.
For the short time I had this printer, the text quality was very good, the paper feed was fine and the printer was fast but the ink problem I was experiencing was not acceptable.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fix for Photo Print Quality
by lesovers on September 8, 2007
Pros: Text quality was very good and the printer is very fast. Great photo quality after ink adjustment.
Cons: Ink from photo paper can came off on your hands.
Summary: The default photo quality of this printer is very disappointing. The photos are very dull looking and washed out regardless of almost all of the settings. The fix is to ...
Summary: The default photo quality of this printer is very disappointing. The photos are very dull looking and washed out regardless of almost all of the settings. The fix is to increase the ink volume under the properties advance tabs. It seems HP has decided to limit the ink level even for photos to show up a better cost/page figure. The photos are now very vibrant and look fantastic.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Strike 3 for HP Products for me . . .
by ckadrmas on October 1, 2008
Pros: Good print quality.
Cons: Very, very poor at paper feeding, especially with any envelopes.
Summary: Do you print ordinary envelopes? Then beware of this product. . . this is the third dissapointment in a row for HP products for me (laptop, PDA, and now printer) . . . so I ...
Summary: Do you print ordinary envelopes? Then beware of this product. . . this is the third dissapointment in a row for HP products for me (laptop, PDA, and now printer) . . . so I will now be avoiding this vendor.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
worst printer ever
by jlucier45 on August 1, 2011
Pros: none - honestly none. this thing is junk.
Summary: just wasted $50 on ink cartridges - the printer sat idle in the basement for a year because i couldn't get the thing to work, finally tried again and ...
Summary: just wasted $50 on ink cartridges - the printer sat idle in the basement for a year because i couldn't get the thing to work, finally tried again and the ink had run dry (the diagnostics said run out). i bought 4 new cartridges but the test page wouldn't print yellow or cyan. i did the clean print head option and it just blew through the ink. $50 gone and i have nothing to show for it. can't even use the stupid thing. terrible terrible product.
Other HP printers have the same problem
by barefoot_jeff on July 27, 2011
Pros: Other companies make duplex printers that work
Cons: HP still has not corrected the problem and most likely never will
Summary: Officejet 6000 and Officejet Pro 8000 - plus a few other HP printers all have the same problem with duplexing
they will change the size of a image example a ...
Summary: Officejet 6000 and Officejet Pro 8000 - plus a few other HP printers all have the same problem with duplexing
they will change the size of a image example a 5 x 5 will print 5 x 4.75
HP knows about the problem but does not plan on a fix
SOLUTION: buy a different brand duplex printer
Great color printer for the smal office.
by parnless on October 4, 2010
Pros: Prints faster than my HP color laser printer and almost identical quality. Cost of ink is much lower than the toner replacement for my laser.
Cons: Only problem I have is printing my company logo in the upper top left corner of an envelope. It cuts off the left edge of my logo and even when the margin is set correctly it still won't print it all.
Summary: I have spoken with tech support and they have not come up with a reason for this and can't seem to resolve it either. So I use my color ...
Summary: I have spoken with tech support and they have not come up with a reason for this and can't seem to resolve it either. So I use my color laser to print the logo and return address on my envelopes.
Printer stopped printing from computer after 6 months!
by drawr on July 26, 2010
Pros: It came in a sturdy box for storage in the garage. I should dispose of the printer and use the box for something that works.
Cons: It worked for about 6 months. Then just quit working. I could run self tests but the printer would not work from any of 3 different computers. The lengthy install process always aborted at the same place. The new driver download did not work.
Summary: This is not a good value for anybody. The tech support could barely speak English. Even though I had an event number they always started me through the very beginning ...
Summary: This is not a good value for anybody. The tech support could barely speak English. Even though I had an event number they always started me through the very beginning trouble shooting process. One technician even had me do a black and white print test only to conclude that the printer wasn't printing in color. They wanted me to upgrade to a different printer for an additional fee and when I refused, they issued a number that said I would get a rebuilt printer in the mail, and I was supposed to send this one back in the box. The replacement printer never showed up. I called several times. They obviously had no interest in resolving my issue. It was the worst tech support I EVER HAD in my entire life! Then when I went to fill out a survey I got in my Email I received a message that said the time to take the survey had expired. Although I had good experience in the past with some black ink printers from HP, I will never buy another HP product ever again!
Only one thing I liked about it - smashing it!
by rt9342 on July 20, 2010
Pros: Prints fast...once it actually starts printing.
Cons: Just about everything...you will pay for this printer over and over.
Summary: This is the worst ink jet printer I've used in 15 years of ink jet experience. When I first got a K5400, I already had printhead problems, and replacement ...
Summary: This is the worst ink jet printer I've used in 15 years of ink jet experience. When I first got a K5400, I already had printhead problems, and replacement printheads cost as much as the whole printer! I guess I actually bought printheads & got a free printer & ink cartridges with my purchase. So I got another K5400. When you turn it on, it takes way too long to set up. Most laser printers take less time to warm up - seriously! Oh, and if you have Windows Vista, the included driver will not work - you will need to download another one, which still has problems, but at least you can print. I liked the fact that it has separate ink cartridges without built-in printheads, but each individual cartridge costs almost as much as a tri-color cartridge with a built-in printhead. Why? Because they hold more ink? I doubt it, because my K5400 cartridges seemed to run out of ink just as fast as any other printer's cartridges. And it sprays so much ink that it soaks through the back of the sheet! You can reduce the ink volume, but for some reason, the black cartridge still prints too dark, causing black pixels in an image to stick out like a sower thumb. But the worst part? If the cartridge is low on ink (not out) or "expired", the printer will no print - period. Even if you choose "black ink only" and there is a problem with, say, the yellow cartridge, you cannot print until you replace the yellow cartridge. And aftermarket or refilled cartridges? The printer apparently can detect these; I tried Office Depot cartridges, "guaranteed to work", and they didn't. What's more annoying? You try to print a report and suddenly the printer says the yellow cartridge is bad and you can't print...but it says the other cartridges are fine. So you run down to the store & get a new yellow cartridge & put it in...and as soon as you put it in, now it immediately says the cyan cartridge is bad & you can't print. I haven't even printed yet - why didn't it tell me that before I went to the store? Then it told me that a fairly new, genuine HP cartridge, which was full of ink, was bad. That's when I took the printer outside & smashed it with a sledgehammer. I've never dared to do that with a printer before, but I felt so relieved doing so with this printer. I now have a Canon & despite how loyal I was to HP since the 90's, this printer has left such a bad impression that I don't think I'll ever buy an HP again.
Lasted one year and HP wants me to buy a new one.
by smokiejazz on June 8, 2010
Pros: Fast output. large capacity tray. Large ink cartridges for longer printing time.Easy to print labels and envelopes.
Cons: Have to purchase separate print heads. Kept reinstalling the software when reconnect USB to computer. Print quality deteriorated after only one year of use. HP support wanted me to purchase a new printer at higher costs than what I found online.
Summary: Overall I liked the printer speed, capacity and quality. However, once I started having issues with the print heads and I had to purchase two of them for a cost ...
Summary: Overall I liked the printer speed, capacity and quality. However, once I started having issues with the print heads and I had to purchase two of them for a cost of $150 and this still did not correct the quality issue, everything went south. I called HP technical support and after trying to understand the technician's accent I realized he wanted me to upgrade my one year old printer by purchasing a new one. He started quoting me prices that were higher than prices I found online.
I was so disappointed in loosing this printer that I am looking at other manufactures and moving away from the HP.
Worked fine for three months then the trouble started.
by dbarry31 on March 25, 2010
Pros: seemed a good printer before the troubles started.
Cons: INK System stinks!
Summary: After three months I started going through black/yellow print heads, then I had HP support in India give me the run around, 3 hours one day on a chat ...
Summary: After three months I started going through black/yellow print heads, then I had HP support in India give me the run around, 3 hours one day on a chat site to clean the heads over and over (I'm a computer tech and already did all that) till they finally agreed to send replacement heads (under warranty). Then those print heads stopped working, I'm throwing this piece of garbage out and looking for a low cost replacement.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Part number: C8184A
- Description: The HP Officejet Pro K5400 Color Printer series is the world's fastest desktop printer for business color, delivering faster speeds than most color laser printers with savings up to 25 percent cost per page. Based on HP's exclusive Scalable Printing Technology and featuring a lower purchase price than comparable color lasers, the HP Officejet Pro K5400 Color Printer series offers small, micro and home business users an affordable way to incorporate color into printed documents with the outstanding print quality business requires.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Printer Type Workgroup printer - Ink-jet - Ink-jet - Color - Color
- Localization English / United States
- Ink Palette (Colors) 4-ink
- Print Speed up to 36 ppm - Black draft - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in),
up to 35 ppm - Color draft - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Interface USB USB
- Max Resolution ( B&W ) 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi 1200 dpi
- Max Resolution ( Color ) 4800 dpi x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi
- Language Simulation PCL 3
- Printer Features Borderless printing
- Processor ARM946 192 MHz
- RAM Installed ( Max ) 32 MB / 32 MB (max)
- Media Type Index cards ,
Greeting cards ,
Plain paper ,
- Media Sizes 4 in x 12 in,
5 in x 8 in,
Statement (5.5 in x 8.5 in),
3.95 in x 5.9 in,
Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in),
Legal (8.5 in x 14 in),
Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in),
8 in x 10 in,
3 in x 5 in,
5 in x 7 in
- Max Printing Width 8.33 in
- Max Printing Length 13.87 in
- Media Weight 60 g/m2 - 200 g/m2
- Total Media Capacity 250 sheets
- Media Feeder(s) 1 x Autoload - 250 sheets - Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) weight: 60 g/m2 - 200 g/m2
- Max Media Capacity 600 sheets
- Output Trays Capacity 150 sheets
- Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 7500 pages 7500 pages
- Modem None
- Networking None
- Type None
- Copier Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Connections 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type B
- Consumables Included 1 x Ink cartridge ( Black ) - 20 ml,
1 x Ink cartridge ( Cyan ) - 9 ml,
1 x Ink cartridge ( Magenta ) - 9 ml,
1 x Ink cartridge ( Yellow ) - 9 ml,
2 x Printhead
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Compliant Standards UL 60950,
FCC CFR47 Part 15,
- Pricing Type GSA Trade Compliant
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
- Power Consumption Operational 36.6 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 6.3 Watt
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4,
Microsoft Windows 2000,
Microsoft Windows XP,
Apple MacOS X 10.3
- Peripheral / Interface Devices USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification),
- System Requirements Details MacOS X 10.3.8 - PowerPC G3 - RAM 128 MB - HD 300 MB,
Windows 98/2000/ME/XP - Pentium II - RAM 128 MB - HD 280 MB,
Windows Vista - RAM 512 MB - HD 850 MB
- ENERGY STAR Yes
- Min Operating Temperature 59 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%
- Sound Emission (Operating) 61 dBA
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 19.5 in
- Depth 15 in
- Height 8.1 in
- Weight 19.4 lbs
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
- CNET Labs Photo Speed Test (pages per minute) 1.42
- CNET Labs Presentation Speed Test (pages per minute) 6.11
- CNET Labs Printer Graphics Speed Test (pages per minute) 6.21
- CNET Labs Text Speed Test (pages per minute) 10.16