HP Officejet 3830 Review – High Quality at a Low Cost

There is a certain “rule of thumb” when working out the costs for owning a printer as many are led to believe that the less you shell out for the device, the more you would have to pay for ink cartridges; however, that isn’t the case with the HP Officejet 3830, especially when taking into account the company’s Instant Ink service, which lets customers take advantage of low-cost ink on a subscription.

HP Officejet 3830 Review – High Quality at a Low Cost

The HP Officejet 3830 Takes Advantage of the Company’s Instant Ink Service to Bring Ink Costs Down

The HP Officejet 3830 is aimed for home use, especially for students. For a device that offers a low-cost price tag, it is quite large in size. It even includes a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) under its top. Speaking of its top, there is a section of it that folds over to reveal a feed tray which will be used for scanning purposes. The feed tray also includes a standard flatbed under the hinged lid.

It also has a paper-white display screen, with a slanted control panel (with soft touch controls). The buttons on the control panel are reasonably sensitive; however, they are not as light and positive when comparing it to smartphone’s performance. The panel also offers tap response and scrolling functionalities.

Since this is a low cost unit, the Officejet 3830 only has a single USB port which is found on its rear. Still, it does have wireless capabilities as this will enable virtually any device to connect to the printer. It has no NFC, which isn’t a surprise due to its price. However, HP has a slew of print apps on iOS and Android devices which are quite easy to use. The mobile apps also offer a good range of printing control.

The device’s print speeds are rated at 8.5-pages-per-minute for mono pages, but when you’re printing color that drops down to 2.4-pages-per-minute.  For a budget printer, and for having a main purpose of printing out school homework from time-to-time, these speeds are respectable.

As for its print quality, the text print is a bit thicker when comparing it to other printers that are further up HP’s range. However, there are some who do prefer such a print quality. It also has a draft mode, which can save you a ton of ink. As for its color printing performance, the output is dense and bright.

Overall, the HP Officejet 3830 is a good, basic, all-in-one printer with a lot of features at its disposal while maintaining an incredibly friendly price tag. For a printer that would handle occasional printing, this is a solid choice.


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