The HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Printer is the company’s most recent addition to the dynamic All-in-One (AIO) printing market. It seems to be poised to take on market leaders like Canon’s Pixma TR8520 Home Office Printer as an entry-level inkjet AIO, but it, like all other AIOs, faces a slew of future rivals. The OfficeJet 3830 is less expensive than the Pixma TR8520, but you give up a few features, such as two-sided printing, Ethernet networking, and flash capability, among other things.
Because of this, the OfficeJet 3830 is less expensive than the Canon edition, and it also costs less to run—if you choose HP’s Instant Ink subscription service. Overall, the 3830 produces excellent prints and is a good alternative to the Canon TR8520, particularly if you print and copy in small quantities. It is one of the better AIO printers you can find in the industry, at least for now, whether you operate a small or home-based office or need to print from a student dormitory.
What Is An OfficeJet Printer And How Does It Work?
HP’s line of small business and home office printers is known as “OfficeJet.” With a few duds thrown in, the word has a tradition of high-quality inkjet printers.
For Whom Is An OfficeJet Printer Intended?
HP OfficeJet printers are usually designed for small companies and home offices. This printers are designed to print large documents rather than photos. They do, however, have the option of printing images. To explain the expense of the machine, OfficeJet owners can print often and consistently.
This HP OfficeJet 3830 analysis will go into what this printer is capable of and who it is designed for.
What You Should Be On The Lookout For before buying Hp Officejet 3830 review
Ink quality and print speed should be the key determining criteria when purchasing an inkjet printer for a home office or small company. Size, document stock, and other market features are also factors to consider.
Home users and small companies need more than just feature flexibility; they often need flexibility in the products they print on. It has a 60-sheet input tray that can accommodate a variety of regular international paper sizes, including A4, B5, and A6, as well as up to five DL envelopes.
The HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one printer can accommodate a wide variety of paper sizes and weights to suit the needs of home users and small businesses. Simple paper, picture paper, brochure paper, envelopes, and other specialty inkjet papers in weights ranging from 60gsm to 90gsm for plain paper and 75gsm to 90gsm for envelopes will all be fed into the printer. Cardstock with a weight of up to 200gsm and picture paper with a size of up to 10 x 15 cm and a weight of up to 300gsm can also be fed. The output tray will hold a maximum of 25 papers.
HP Officejet 3830 – Cartridges and Connections
Another fold-down flap is located behind the front door. As this is lowered, the twin cartridge carriers fall to the middle of the carriage, making it easy to change the cartridges. The cartridges are still a little fiddly to slip in and snap into place, but there are no cumbersome retaining clips to keep them in place.
The Officejet 3830 has a single USB port on the back, but I suggest using the wireless connection instead because it allows almost every computer to connect to the printer. While there is no NFC support, HP’s print applications for Android and iOS are simple to use and have a wide variety of printing options. HP Photo Creations and Update, as well as the driver, are included in the software.
Hp Officejet 3830 review – The printing process
The HP OfficeJet 3830 All in One Printer can be used to print short-run papers and images most of the time. As a result, it doesn’t have to be a racehorse, but it should be reliable and available on demand. In this type, a print speed of up to 8,5 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 6 ppm in color is more than sufficient. In black, the print size is up to 1200 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi), and in color, it is up to 1400 x 1200 dpi. Draft pace can print up to 20 ppm in black and 16 ppm in color for those who need a job printed easily but with acceptable content. The first page out time for both best and draught speeds is 14 seconds for black and 17 seconds for color.
One HP 63 Black Printer Cartridge and one HP 63 Tri-Color Printer Cartridge are needed. The HP 63 Black can print up to 190 pages in regular mode, and the HP 63 Tricolor can print up to 165 pages. The HP 63 Black XL High Yield Printer Cartridge can print up to 480 pages, while the HP 63 Tri-Color XL High Yield Printer Cartridge can print up to 330 pages for more cost-effective printing. HP 63 series Printer Cartridges are available for purchase here.
Print Quality and Costs for the HP Officejet 3830
Although some people may like it, the text print is a little thicker than that of HP printers farther up the line. The computer has a decent draught mode that saves ink but not printing time. Color graphics on plain paper are thick and vivid, while those in images are flat and accurate by nature – albeit darker than the originals.
Using the cheapest XL cartridge prices I could find, a mono page costs 4.6p and a color page costs 9.7p. Even for a computer at this price, these aren’t particularly low, but if you use ink on a daily basis and are willing to purchase it on a subscription, HP’s Instant Ink service will cut this to 2.7p per page.
This is especially good value if you print a lot of images in your paper mix, since a page with a single line of text costs the same as a complete A4 color photo.
The top has a 216 x 297 mm flatbed scanner that can be reached directly by raising the top or by a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder that is placed on the top. The ADF can hold up to 35 originals on sheets of paper, while bulkier originals can be scanned by putting them directly on the flatbed scanner. Originals can be scanned and saved in a variety of file formats, including pdf, bmp, jpg, gif, tif, tif, and png, or submitted digitally to a computer. The scan resolution can reach 1200 pixels (dpi)
In the same way as the copier function is accessed, the flatbed panel or the ADF is used to use the copier function. At a speed of 7 copies per minute (cpm) in black and 3,5 cpm in color, up to 50 copies of the same original can be made at once. In both black and color, at a resolution of 600 x 300 dpi. The copy feature may be set to conform to page size, make a copy of the same size as the original, or minimize or expand the original by 25 percent to 400 percent.
Print Speeds for the HP Officejet 3830
According to ISO estimates, the HP Officejet 8380 can print mono pages at 8.5ppm and color pages at 6ppm. The overall mono print speed in our experiments was 7.0ppm mono on a 5-page test, rising to 9.0ppm mono on a 20-page test. It’s not often that we see test findings that outperform vendor claims, so this is noteworthy.
However, at just 2.4ppm, our 5-page color print was not as fast. A 5-page mono copy from the ADF took 1min 49secs and a color copy from the flatbed took 32 seconds. A PC took 1 minute 50 seconds to take 15 x 10cm images, while an Android smartphone took 2 minutes 19 seconds. Both of these speeds are reasonable for a budget all-in-one like this.
Positive points of Hp Officejet 3830
The Excellent Low Cost
Let’s face it: this is the biggest thing you’re thinking about purchasing this printer. Maybe you don’t print too much, or maybe it’s a present for someone else. However, the bottom line is that you want something inexpensive.
It’s not a bad thing to want the better deal. All you have to do is be honest and know that the cheapest commodity will never be the best. This printer might be adequate for your needs, but it is unlikely to be.
Be open and frank on what you require. This printer could suffice if you only need to print a few pages each month and don’t care how quickly they are printed. You’re wasting your time here if you’re hunting for a printer to run your company from. Instead, go to a real office printer.
Small in size
One of the advantages of low-cost printers is that they are usually smaller. Most buyers looking for a low-cost printer just want one that can be conveniently stored, and this printer suits the bill.
This printer would conveniently fit in the corner of a desk or a machine cabinet, measuring just under seventeen inches wide and fourteen inches long.
Style You’ve Used Before
Customers recognise this printer, which is one of the main reasons I sell it. It seems to be the same printer as in the 1990s. Anything easy and familiar is soothing for elderly consumers or customers who are not technically savvy.
Compatible with Instant Ink
I’ve said it before and will say it again: HP Instant Ink is fantastic. It’s especially important to cover the printing costs with a printer like this one, where the ink isn’t very efficient. HP Instant Ink helps you to pay for your ink on a monthly basis, which saves you money. If you print fewer than fifteen pages a month, they also have a free plan.
To be clear, you are not obligated to sign up for HP Instant Ink. This printer would work normally without it. It’s just suggested that the cartridges add up quickly.
The negative points of Hp Officejet 3830
Ink that isn’t as effective as it should be
HP’s 63 series ink cartridges, which are most widely used for picture printing, are compatible with this printer. Just about 190 pages would be printed in black, and just about 165 in color. That’s only for text records. Divide those figures by ten for portraits.
HP does sell the 63 XL cartridges, which print 480 black pages and 330 color pages. However, it only works out to 8.3 cents per black page and 12.7 cents per color page. And then there’s the matter of the price.
If you need to refill all cartridges for this printer, you’ll pay the same amount as when it’s on sale. And if you get twice as much ink as the starter cartridges, something doesn’t feel right.
The color ink comes in a tricolor cartridge, which adds to the inefficiency. Although having just two cartridges to remember is convenient, it is inconvenient financially. You’ll need to refill the cyan and magenta ink as well if you run out of yellow ink. The ink that is left over is thrown out.
The ink costs on this printer are a financial disaster without HP Instant Ink. I recognize that not everyone wishes to commit to a monthly ink subscription. However, if you don’t use HP Instant Ink, you’ll end up paying more on ink for this printer in a few years than if you had used a laser printer.
Paper Feed from the Back
There is no closed paper tray underneath the HP OfficeJet 3830. The printer just has a paper feed in the back. This is a problem because it reduces your storage space, exposes the paper to dust, and increases the number of paper jams you’ll have to deal with.
Storage of paper is restricted.
The rear feed of this printer can only accommodate 60 pages of paper. This means you’ll have to replace the document more often than you’d like. You’ll still need a place to keep the excess file. This is a major flaw in this HP OfficeJet 3830 analysis.
I’m not a gentle guy, and sluggish printers irritate me. My skin crawls when I see them. The HP OfficeJet 3830 is a printer that takes a long time to print.
The HP OfficeJet 3830 can print up to eight black pages per minute and just six color pages per minute. That’s a text script, by the way. Each print would most certainly take at least one minute. That’s far too long for any print job of reasonable scale.
Final thoughts – Hp Officejet 3830 review
The HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Printer is a small machine that serves as a perfect multi-purpose computer for a small business, home office, or student dorm. The OfficeJet 3830 is a competitive addition to the entry-level printing industry, with simple out-of-the-box setup, fast and easy colour printing, quick scanning, good copy capabilities, and smartphone functions.
The HP OfficeJet 3830 is a better value for a small and/or home office, as well as student living, that has limited print and copy needs but will benefit more from a low-cost All-in-One printer.