HP Officejet 3830 All-in-One Printer Review

If you are in a tight budget, HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer K7V40A is a good quality low-priced device for you with a basic level functioning. It is designed to manage 4-in-1 multipurpose services for small businesses and home uses where the requirement of monthly printing quantity is low. Why? The ink cost. If other things kept aside, this is the Achilles Heel of this device. In one word, the overall score of this device is middle-of-the-road.

We have discussed the HP Officejet 3830 review in detail covering different aspects of this device to provide a clear understanding.

HP Officejet 3830 Review

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Pros
  • Low-priced product
  • Auto document feeder available
  • HP Instant Ink subscription comes with $5 digital code with the first two months of free delivery of ink supply
  • Amazon Dash Replenishment Ready
  • AirPrint, Cloudprint are an easy-go with HP Smart App from smartphone/tablet
  • Easy set-up
  • Various sizes of papers can be printed such as letter, legal, 4X6 inches, 5X7 inches, 8X10 inches, and No. 10 envelopes
  • Compact size
Cons
  • No option for Ethernet network connection
  • Can’t print from a USB drive
  • Per page price is High
  • No auto-duplexing
  • For high-volume of printing Instant Ink is not so cost-friendly
  • Without Instant Ink subscription, the per month expenditure adds up a lot

 


Performance Quality

First of all, you have to remember, it’s an inkjet printer. So, we can’t expect a laser-quality text printing even if the company boasts that up. But compared to its other siblings in the same run, it is a great performer under a very reasonable cost upfront.

Text-printing Quality

The texts are clear, crisp, and well-defined. You may find a little waviness around the middle of the characters, but that negligible distortion can only be seen in a standard 12 point font size if you inspect it very closely. Up to 8-10 point sizes, it’s pretty straight and bold, if not so perfect.

You can say, HP has done a profound job, better than blotchy and blurry text quality of Brother MFC-J995DW printer at smaller font sizes.

Graphics and Photo-Printing Quality

If you are going to compare it with photo printers, the HP Officejet 3830 does maintain its inkjet legacy in graphics printing perfectly well. In benchmark test results, this printer is sharing a high-level score with Canon TS9120.

The vibrant color and clear rendition made this device a mean performer. The viability of this machine in almost any visible graphic representation is quite noticeable. If you are using a regular standard paper, you can expect the clarity and accuracy in the color spectrum puked up by this device. However, if your requirement is a professional quality photo printing in glossy papers, this device can’t reach out to your perfection level.

 

Speed

HP Officejet 3830 is one of the slow-runners among AIO printers lineups. Although HP bills at 8.5 ppm (pages per minute) for black-and-white text printing and 6ppm for color printing, the average rating can reduce to 2.8-3ppm for excel documents and color-laden heavy graphics with charts and bars.

Again, in another test with an Intel Core-i5 PC operating on Windows 10 home worked with this device to find a 9.6ppm rate for normal text printing from it.

Yet, it’s still 3ppm slower than Brother MFCL2700DW, although slightly faster than the Canon Pixma G4200. It’s not a downfall at all when you print smaller documents or on an occasional basis. Other AIOs can’t make much of a difference, while some of them are almost double-priced over this machine.

Ink Cost

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This is the real demise of this device even if the HP and Amazon offers are available with this printer. You may save some money in the upfront charge, but as they say, it’s quite obvious, isn’t it? The more the price upfront, the less the cost per page and vice-versa. So, the later happened with us here.

According to the user reviews, HP brags a lot about the Instant Ink offer pasted with this device, but the reality is not so promising. For a low quantity of monthly usage, this offer does give you good savings with a rollover system, if not a 50% discount.

That means, if you don’t reach the limit of the monthly capacity of your selected plan, the extra page quantity of the current month will roll over to the next. Hence increasing your next limit of papers, if not 2x as claimed by the company.

For up to 50 pages, you have to pay less than 3 dollars, and for 700 pages the price reaches 20 dollars. Although it’s a sufficient limit for home usage, student projects, or small enterprises. Moreover, you get the first two months of a free ink supply with the same plan.

Given that the variety of the plan models, it’s not so bad of a deal. You are always able to unsubscribe, but then the price per page runs pretty expensively if not used only occasionally.

Another dealbreaker at this point is that you don’t get the initial two cartridges as promised for Instant Ink subscribers. That means you have to buy them separately before you can start printing in your new printer.

Besides, you have to go to search through the market each time your ink finishes. Without prior knowledge, it is really a great disappointment during a time of urgency, isn’t it? Some users also found it a better opportunity with Amazon Dash Replenishment services with similar offers.

The recommendation is that if you are to print or copy more than 700 pages, you should rethink before buying an inkjet printer, as there are other technologies out there offering better opportunities for you with a little bit of price hike. If you choose a standard inkjet, you are left with no choice but to pay a lot per month for any model in the same lineage.

 

Connectivity

Although HP Officejet 3830 does not provide for an ethernet connection, the Wifi connectivity and Wifi Direct technology are implanted in a very simple and glitchless manner in this device. The initial setup is pretty easy even for non-tech savvy people. Simply said, consumers are really happy with the simple setup and continuity of the connection offered by this machine.

There are other convenient features rarely found in budget printers such as mobile printing from both Apple and Android, AirPrint and HP ePrint availability, cloud printing, and the option to share scanned documents directly to your cloud services.

HP Smart App has a pretty straightforward user-friendly interface to control all your 4-in-1 services using the internet. For direct connection printing, you can also attach other devices through the USB port, but operating from a USB drive is not an option here.

Design and Features

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The 12.4-pound compact design HP OfficeJet 3830 is a small and durable black-colored printer with a business-oriented design. When you are in a space shortage, but required a stylish and smart device to set on your table, this printer is a real delight for your home or office cabin.

HP OfficeJet 3830 comes with a nice feature of 35-sheet ADF, although not having an auto-duplex option eats up the glamour on its way. The same goes for the print engine as well. Thus, you have to flip the pages manually to complete a two-sided job. But you can’t count on a budget printer to have such an application, don’t you think.

Even if the 2.2-inch monochrome touchscreen is a rare offering for an entry-level AIO printer, the menu options are not so sleek as we find in HP Color LaserJet Pro M281fdw. Although, it provides an easy and responsive interface with an entire control panel.

The single rear paper tray can handle 60 sheets at a time, and the output panel spits out 25 sheets at maximum. Compared to the other similar AIOs, it’s not a good standard while devices like Canon TR8520 harbors up to 200 sheets through its two 100-sheet input panels.


Final Verdict

Overall, the HP OfficeJet 3830 is a great performer for all-in-one copying, scanning, and low-level and less frequent printing of 100-300 pages monthly. However, the high ink costs and the absence of duplex technology make it an improper choice for frequent and heavy graphics-oriented printing. This is all for the HP OfficeJet 3830 review, hoping that it will help you make a better decision.


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