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HP OfficeJet 3830 All-In-One Printer Review

By Simon Williams
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July 8, 2020

Most home businesses, and many small businesses, have multiple data devices; Smartphones, Laptops, Notebooks, Tablets to name just a few. What is becoming increasingly rare is the traditional desktop computer with a hard wired network. To connect the array of devices and peripherals, including printers households use a wireless network. So if there is no use for a hard-wired Ethernet network why include an Ethernet connection. More and more printers targeting this market segment are doing away with an Ethernet port and using just a wireless network. The HP OfficeJet 3830 All in One Printer is one such device.

However, an Ethernet Network connection is the only thing that this printer lacks when it comes to functionality. It not only prints but it scans, copies and even faxes as well. It’s a complete communications hub yet, surprisingly for this level of versatility, it is very inexpensive.

Media Handling

Home users and small businesses want more than versatility in functions, they need versatility in the range of materials they print on as well. It comes with a 60 sheet input tray which is adjustable to take a range of standard international paper sizes such as A4, B5 and A6 as well as up to 5 DL size envelopes.

It is versatile in the range of paper types and weights that the HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one printer can handle to meet the needs of home users or small business owners. Plain paper, photo paper, brochure paper, envelopes and other specialty inkjet papers can all be fed into the printer in weights ranging between 60gsm and 90gsm for plain paper and 75gsm and 90gsm for envelopes. Additionally, cardstock up to 200gsm and photo paper up to 10 X 15 cm and weighing up to 300gsm can also be fed.

The output tray has a maximum capacity of 25 sheets.  

Printing

Much of the time the HP OfficeJet 3830 All in One Printer will be used as a printer printing short-run documents and photos. As such it doesn’t need to be a racehorse but it needs to be consistent and available on demand. A print speed of up to 8,5 pages per minute (ppm) in Black and up to 6 ppm in Colour is a more than adequate print speed for this category. The print resolution is up to 1200 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) in black and up to 1400 x 1200 dpi in colour. For those who want a job printed quickly but at an acceptable quality, draft speed will print up to 20 ppm in Black and 16 ppm in colour. Both speeds; best and draft, have the first page out time of 14 seconds for Black and 17 seconds for Colour.

Two HP 63 Printer Cartridges are needed, one HP 63 in Black and one HP 63 Tri-Colour Cartridge. In standard form, the HP 63 Black will print up to 190 pages and the HP 63 Tricolor will print up to 165 pages. For greater economy in printing the HP 63 Black XL High Yield Printer Cartridge will print up to 480 pages whilst the HP 63 Tri-Colour XL High Yield Printer Cartridge can print up to 330 pages. You can order HP 63 series Printer Cartridges here.

Scanning

The 216 x 297 mm flatbed scanner is on the top and can be accessed directly by lifting the top or by an Automatic Document Feeder with a capacity of 35 sheets which is mounted on the top. Up to 35 originals on sheets of paper can be fed through the ADF, whilst bulkier originals can be scanned by placing them directly on to the flatbed scanner. Originals can be scanned to a wide range of file formats such as pdf, bmp, jpg, gif, tif, tif, png or sent digitally directly to a PC. The scan resolution is up to 1200(dpi)

Copying

Accessing the Copier function is done by either the flatbed screen or the ADF in the same way as the copier function. Up to 50 copies at a time can be made of the same original at a speed of 7 copies per minute (cpm) in black or 3,5 cpm in colour. At a resolution of 600 x 300 dpi in both black and colour. The copy function can be set to fit to page size, same size copy or set for the original to be either reduced or enlarged in size anywhere between 25% and 400%. 

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