HP OfficeJet 3830 

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This is a multi-function device which means it not only prints, scans and copies but for those who still use or need it the unit also has fax. It is quite small and light and runs with two cartridges, it is black but here that’s OK as this is an office product.

HP Officejet 3830 A4 All in One Printer
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The HP OfficeJet 3830 measures 43x48x30cm the figures I have given are with the paper output shelf extended and paper in the rear upright paper tray.

At the back left of the unit is where Ethernet or USB leads are inserted and the centre of the back is where the mains lead connects.

A sloping front edge has the on/off button on the left and the 5x2.8cm touch screen is to its right, on the left edge of this are a couple of touch buttons for Help and Home should you end up somewhere with no apparent return path.

Like a number of recent units as soon as you insert the provided CD-ROM it wants to look for a later version on the Internet but a no will allow the install to proceed and after only around five minutes and around 400MB of hard disc space you are ready to use the unit.

Paper is placed face forward in the rear tray and is delivered on the pull out shelf face up.

Like most modern units this has a standby mode as well being able to switch off but you need to look for the message at shut down time.

While claimed printing speeds can now be achieved two figures are given and even for me I need to think how these are relevant. 8.5PPM and 20PPM are quoted the first for an ISO image and the second for a test page, while both have the rider ‘up to’ they will be in ‘draft’ mode but that is still black and quite readable.

The test that I feel is most relevant is time to first page out as this includes the time taken for data to be sent from the PC or Mobile device and for the unit to interpret it before moving the paper through. I will not muddy the water by time from switch on which can be another 15 seconds before anything happens so let’s give a time from ready to print to print for say a 400 word page in draft mode using everyday printing settings its around 10 seconds. After that if you wanted to print it ‘x’ times then and only then do the manufacturer’s figures make sense. The second link at the end will give access to all the claimed speeds for printing-scanning-copying etc.

The basic display on the screen of the unit shows copy, print and fax a flick to the left shows the next screen printables, quick forms and setup.

I am pleased to say that this is one of the few recent units that allows scanning to work from the unit when you connect via USB.

This is a two ink system and as such it is possible to waste some ink if your colour images are heavy on one colour but the overall cost of the unit is reasonable. If used in the home office you could put it in a cupboard or behind a sofa to placate the lounge police.

The HP Officejet 3830 is available from the first link below for £51.06 with free delivery.

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