HP OfficeJet 3830 Review. The HP OfficeJet 3830 is a jet A4 multifunction sober ink that the brand intended primarily to micro-businesses that print relatively few and do not want to ruin at least for purchase. We'll see why! Sold around 65 €, the OfficeJet 3830 provides printing, scanning and copying, as well as fax. Its flatbed scanner available for this purpose a dedicated paper entry allows easy faxing multiple pages. Connected, it incorporates a module Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (with Wi-Fi Direct feature) but has no Ethernet port. It also lacks automatic duplexing and does not offer a card reader.
In ergonomics, if everything is broadly in line with what must offer 4-in-1, certain points deserve as attention here. For example, from a "pro", note that the paper feed tray on the back is not a drawer and accepts a standard sixty sheets (80 g), which can be detrimental knowing also that there is no second tray to store another type or another size paper.
A document feeder is present for easily faxing several loose pages
The driver and setting via a monochrome touch screen of 5.5 cm diagonal not always very responsive and quite small, which does not facilitate certain operations such as scrolling. Perhaps would it have been appropriate to complete this screen several classic buttons. Despite this, the use of the printer is intuitive and if we hesitate in any proceedings, it is possible to read a little streamlined video support. Updating the firmware is a breeze, but it is pity that we should always ruin a sheet (and ink) for complete network information.
Thoo small screen to do everything
The printer size is pretty standard for this type of product (450 x 364 x 224 mm 5.6 kg). The build quality is generally reassuring, with plastics that look solid and that can not hold too fingerprints, except at a bright area around the screen. Some alignments lack a little precision, but it remains on the finishes absolutely correct in that range. However, it is somewhat disappointing that the paper tray does not open by itself when launching an impression, and it is roughly two hinged plastic tabs which, for once, really are low end.
Two ink cartridges, one for black and one for the three colors
No rocket science in the procedure for replacing the ink cartridges (HP 302 or 302XL): just open the lid and make the change. The back of the printer is very bare, showing only the paper tray and, in terms of connectivity, the power connector, the USB 2.0 Type-B and two telephone sockets for fax.
HP OfficeJet 3830 The defends pretty well, with flow rates measured at 12.8 pages per minute (ppm) in black and white and 8.6 ppm color. In a range of price and close to a level of functionality roughly equivalent, the Brother DCP-J562DW up to 15.4 ppm in black and white. In color, the flow is almost identical (8.7 ppm). By cons, it is clear that a more printer facing domestic use including the photo, such as the Canon MG5750, rest going away from this level of performance black and white, with a rate of only 5.6 ppm, that it counteracts with 10.5 ppm color. Overall, the OfficeJet 3830 is a good average. Regarding office print quality, it is a good level, either black and white or color. The texts are perfectly legible, either on white or colored background; we distinguish well enough gradients in the graphics, although we've seen better. The accuracy is good and the ink does not bleed.
The scanner of the OfficeJet 3830 is a model that works up to 1200 dpi, 24-bit A4. This is a flatbed scanner that makes scanning books and other bound documents. Its specific paper feed can scan / fax number of loose sheets in a row. The scanner is fast, allowing to scan an A4 sheet at 100 dpi in color in just 11 seconds. And it takes only 20 seconds for a photo 10 x 15 at 300 dpi. It's a little better than what the Brother DCP-J562DW. This is also the case in copy area in which the OfficeJet 3830 shows its advantage over most of its competitors. It must indeed him 14 seconds to copy a document in black and white and 21 seconds to perform the same task in color. In comparison, a home printer such as the Canon MG5750 is slower, and even much slower in color.
The OfficeJet 3830 is doing quite well even if it is obviously not their first use. To the eye, the result is in any case very clean. It must be enough against a patient, knowing that it is necessary to wait 1 minute and 19 seconds for a photo print borderless 10 x 15, and 3 minutes and 42 seconds for an A4 print. Color Rendering The displays a delta E average of 7.9 which is between two waters. The OfficeJet 3830 is thus more accurate than a printer oriented "pro" like Brother DCP-J562DW (average dE 11), but it is exceeded by the capabilities of most talented in photo printers like the Canon MG5750 (dE means 4.4). Remember, the limit at which the eye is not able to detect a color difference is below 3. The largest color differences are measured on the magenta (10.3) and green (10, 2), while the pale red or yellow stand out so much more faithful.
With only 1 W in standby and consumed mainly 7 W in operation during a photo printing, OfficeJet 3830 is one such model. Few printers to be as energy efficient. The noise emitted at the printing is very acceptable to his hand. Our sound meter placed near the printer has risen from 45.6 dB (A) values on a standard printing and 43 dB (A) on a photo print. Loading paper is not much noisier, and these are of course the rollers that move the paper is meant the most.
Cost per page
This HP OfficeJet 3830 works with HP 302XL cartridges or 302. It ships with starter cartridges whose capacity is limited. HP cartridges 302 black and three colors have a particular print capacity respectively to 190 and 100 pages. HP 302XL with higher capacity are obviously more interesting, with 480 and 330 pages data capabilities. Sold at the official price of € 28.90, they can print at a cost per page measured at 14.8 cents. That's a lot, well above the average cost per page of A4 multifunction (nearly 9 cents). It is probably for this reason that HP intended primarily this model for micro-businesses that print very little, between 100 and 250 pages monthly. However, this is one of the main flaws of this printer.
Note that the HP OfficeJet 3830 is compatible with the HP Instant Ink program, a program that consists of a subscription invoice from € 2.99 per month to ensure to always have a good level cartridges with ink but limits the amount of printing 50 pages per month (with credit to defer up to 100 pages). This will drastically reduce the cost of printing the page (which happens to 6 cents), which is cost-effective when you print at least 19 pages per month. By cons, we continue to pay even if you do not print, and if it cancels the subscription, the cartridges stop working. To book those who print regularly so. On and ready to print, the HP OfficeJet 3830 offers eight seconds to get his first black and white page. On waking from sleep, the same page takes 14 seconds to print. A time going up to 28 seconds when the printer is off.
The HP OfficeJet 3830 just misses the 4 stars. We do not blame him as his slight weaknesses photo that cost the really high page. Its ergonomics are left entirely out of too small touch screen not responsive enough, and some details of finish contrasting with a product yet also reassuring. It loves against its connected features that take advantage of the built-in Wi-Fi module, speed in classical office tasks (printing, but also scan and copy) it performs perfectly, and its low energy consumption.
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