HP Deskjet D2560
Bearing its flaws on its sleeve
- Decent speed for its price, adequate quality, good running costs
- Cheap build quality, some colour inconsistency issues, no proper paper output tray
Although budget printers are never completely satisfactory to use, the Deskjet D2560 makes a decent attempt. It feels delicate, but its speed, quality and running costs make it tempting.
Price$ 59.00 (AUD)
The point in the market that the HP’s Deskjet D2560 sits at is full of printers that usually end up in the bin once their ink runs out. The D2560 is small and cheap, but units at this price typically have inks more expensive than the printer and quality is generally poor. The D2560 isn't revolutionary in this regard, but it does a better job than its competitors.
The D2560 looks similar to its predecessors, with a two-tone white and grey design. The ink cover and paper input tray are of shoddy quality, and the ink cartridge holders aren’t as sturdy as we would have liked.
There’s no proper output tray, but this isn’t too much of surprise — they aren’t found in most low-end desktop printers. However, with the D2560 this is particularly troublesome, as the printer ejects the paper with enough ferocity to send it flying from a desk. A small piece of plastic would do the trick, but it’s clear that even this would have blown HP’s budget.
For all its faults, the D2560 is certainly an affordable printer. A key problem with many budget printers is their running costs — a problem we saw in the Lexmark X2650 and HP’s own Deskjet F2280. The D2560 is bundled with highly inadequate introductory cartridges that will run out almost before you even turn the printer on for the first time; we fell just short of being able to perform all our usual tests. However, it will run at an average of 18.91c per page provided you purchase high-yield cartridges. This should help entice users to keep the printer after its first cartridges run dry.
Speed is also a strong suit of the D2560, at least for its price. Draft quality text documents will print at roughly 15 pages per minute, slowing to 7.6ppm at normal quality. Draft documents with graphical elements print slightly slower at 10.5ppm; however, you’ll want to use normal quality for anything half-decent, which slows the printer to 3ppm. Standard 4x6in photos, a staple of any family printer, print in a decent 47sec, and an A4 photo will print in 2min 30secs. These speeds are easily beaten by Epson’s low-end model, the Stylus C110. However, the Epson is almost double the price of the D2560.
The D2560 delivers decent print quality without excelling. Text is largely clear, but 'best' quality documents suffer from an overuse of ink, creating overly bold text that is often blurry and harder to read than text printed at normal quality. Colours are consistent in graphical elements, although highlighted text is often blurred in draft and normal quality documents.
As expected from a budget printer, photo printing won’t match your local photo kiosk, but it’s certainly cheaper. There’s banding evident in the photos when using both normal and best quality settings. Yellows are vibrant, while blacks are dark enough to be defined against greys and blues. Reds are perhaps under-represented, proving slightly lighter than we would prefer. Printing at best quality is a must for photos — using normal quality introduces a large amount of background noise that ultimately ruins images.
Although the printer suffers obvious flaws, the D2560’s initial price point and subsequent running costs are almost too good to pass up; its output isn't too shocking either. If you’re not looking to set up a home office or a professional photo studio, the D2560 will get the job done.
Join the newsletter!
Bringing VR out of office and study spaces will serve to help it attract the new audiences it needs to continue growing
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- 2 Panasonic Lumix G9 review: A mirrorless moulded to the needs of still-shooters
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Epson Launches First Double-Sided A3+ 4-In-1 Inkjet EcoTank Printer
- Epson launches new Expression Premium Photo Range
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
PCW Evaluation Team
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
- ASUS ROG Zephyrus M review: Leaner and meaner
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- Picture Perfect: OPPO prepare their boldest smartphone yet
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTService Management LeadOther
- CCField Services TechnicianWA
- FTSenior Data Warehouse DeveloperQLD
- FTPractice Manager (Quality & Testing)SA
- TPProject Manager - Dynamics CRMQLD
- FTPrincipal Consultant - Scheduling & Planning (Primavera & MSP)Other
- FTSenior Insight AnalystOther
- CCPrincipal Project Manager - ieMR ImplementationQLD
- FTEAI Developer / Integration DeveloperOther
- CCSharePoint Business Analyst / DeveloperNSW
- FTNetezza Developer - Brisbane locationNSW
- FTServiceNow- Platform DesignerOther
- CCDB2 SpecialistACT
- FTNetwork Engineer (Permanent Opportunity)QLD
- FTSenior AX Developer / Team LeadOther
- FTSenior Business Analyst - PERMANENT -Other
- FTProject Manager - ERP implementationOther
- FTProject Manager ? Cyber SecurityQLD
- FTServer EngineerSA
- TPSharepoint AdministrationQLD
- FTSenior Front-End Developer (Urgent)Other
- FTSEO ExecutiveOther
- FTFull Stack Web DeveloperOther
- FTSenior Full stack Developer (Java)ACT
- CCProject CoordinatorNSW