HP OfficeJet 3830 Review

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The HP OfficeJet 3830 is a great entry level printer that has a decent standard sheet capacity of 60 sheets. It has a flat bed design for scanning and copying, and its built-in faxing functionality allows for the storage of incoming faxes even after paper runs out. The printer can store up to 99 pages of fax in memory, and has a fax printing speed of 20 pages per minute. Its impressive functionality ranks it as a best all in one printer you can get, especially if you want to stick to a tight budget.

Why We Like It – HP OfficeJet 3830

Pros
  • Automatic Document Feeder can load 35 sheets
  • Can print if color cartridge is empty
  • Can print borderless photos
Cons
  • No auto-duplex printing/scanning

Performance

The All-in-one printer performs quite well compared to many of the other choices in its price range. It spots an automatic document feeder that allows you to load multiple documents into the feeder for scanning or copying all within one operation. It also lets you print in black or white if the color cartridge is empty, though you can only do this for a short while before you have to replace the color ink cartridge. When at work, it has a print speed of 8.5 pages per minute, though this scales down to 2.7 pages per minute for color docs – clearly no match for the Brother Monochrome Laser Printer. Photographers will however be happy to hear that the HP printer can print borderless edge-to-edge photos.

Design

The HP OfficeJet 3830 comes in a compact size and looks a lot like the HP OfficeJet 5255 Wireless Printer. It measures 8.5 by 17.2 by 14.3 inches, which doesn’t take that much space on your work desk. In terms of connectivity, it doesn’t have ethernet support, but it does work through a WiFi network connection or a Wi-Fi direct connection from a mobile device like a smartphone. You can also decide to connect it to your PC through a USB, or print through either AppleAirPrint or Google Cloud Print.

Value

Just like the HP Envy 5055 Wireless Photo Printer, the HP OfficeJet 3830 doesn’t do too bad with a monthly duty cycle of 1000 pages. The printer also helps keep your costs down, but only if you’re part of HP’s Instant Ink monthly subscription plan. The plan gets you Ink Cartridges from HP every month according to the feedback it gets from your printer regarding your rate of use. The first three months are free, but thereafter, you can print up to 300 pages or photos per month at 3.5 cents per page. This is much better compared to the 9 cents for monochrome or the 21 cents for color prints that you’ll pay outside the subscription.

HP OfficeJet 3830 Wrap Up

The HP OfficeJet 3830 is a decent choice that guarantees top tier print quality at a price that won’t hurt your pocket. It comes with HP Photo Creation software and drivers for photo editing, and produces good looking photos on HP photo paper. It’s only shortcoming is the lack of ability to print or scan both sides of paper in one operation, but other than that, it’s a good business inkjet for low volume work.

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Kenn Muguna

Kenn is a writer that's fascinated by all things tech. Having been born curious about how everything works, he spends his time taking things apart to put them back together, and shares what he finds out through writing.

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