HP OfficeJet 3830 All-In-One Instant Ink Wireless Printer

Last updated date: July 20, 2020

DWYM Score
7.4

HP OfficeJet 3830 All-In-One Instant Ink Wireless Printer

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 42 expert reviews, the HP HP OfficeJet All-In-One Instant Ink Wireless Printer placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 8, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
7.2
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
12,629 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is sound choice if you want a compat design with easy setup.
- BestReviews
Good-looking photos on HP photo paper.
- PC Magazine
High-quality print for low-cost printer
- Trusted Reviews
A great and inexpensive standby for copying, scanning, and occasional printing.
- Tech Gear Lab
Optional quiet mode to keep noise to reduce disruptions office settings and the compact size of this printer allows it to be placed wherever it's most convenient.
- The Balance Small Business
Straightforward out of the box set up, quick and easy color printing, speedy scanning, nice copy features and mobile functions.
- Digital Weekly
Home users, particular older or less techy users, will find this printer familiar and easy to use.
- Joe's Printer Buying Guide
What experts didn't like
Underwhelming colors. Connection issues are common.
- BestReviews
Running costs are exorbitant without Instant Ink.
- PC Magazine
Annoying paper-selection messages
- Trusted Reviews
High ink costs and a lack of duplex printing make it less than ideal for those that rpint frequently.
- Tech Gear Lab
Without Instant Ink, running costs are crazy
- Digital Weekly
It is slow, inefficient, and can’t handle any significant monthly output.
- Joe's Printer Buying Guide

From The Manufacturer

The power of your printer in the palm of your hand: The HP Smart app allows you to easily set up your printer, scan from your smartphone, order toner, and print from the cloud—such as iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On HP Officejet Printers

HP has become well known for its electronics. It entered the industry as Hewlett-Packard in 1939, but its first computer didn’t hit the market until 1966. Although the company dominated the desktop and laptop market in the early years of the internet, though, competition has shifted its focus to printers, copiers and scanners in recent years.

Today, HP’s printers are used in both homes and offices, with equipment that can meet almost every need. As technology has evolved, HP has become known for its all-in-one printers, which allow you to copy, scan and fax in addition to printing. Instead of having four separate pieces of equipment, some of which you may not even use on a regular basis, you have everything you need in one device.

One of the best things about an HP printer, though, is that you can now print from anywhere. HP printers connect to a smart app that lets you check the printer’s status and even print when you’re away. Today’s HP printers also allow you to print from any mobile device hooked up to your Wi-Fi network. This comes in handy when you have guests who need to print something.

DWYM Fun Fact

When David Packard moved to California in 1938, he and his wife decided to rent a place with his college friend Bill Hewlett. Hewlett stayed in the backyard shed, while Packard and his wife lived in the rental. The owner of the property gave Hewlett and Packard permission to use an 18’ x 12’ garage on the property as a workshop, and that garage later became an official California Historical Landmark. It now bears a plaque that reads “Birthplace of Silicon Valley.”

In that garage, Packard and Hewlett gave birth to what’s now known as HP Inc. Their first product was a resistance-tuned audio oscillator and sold it for a lower price than others on the market. The competitive pricing paid off and soon the Walt Disney Company, which was working on the movie “Fantasia,” ordered eight units.

The HP Officejet Printer Buying Guide

  • Look at the dimensions of the printer you’re considering. Many are more compact than previous generations of printers, so you should be able to find one that has all the features in a space-saving design.
  • You don’t need a phone line to fax using an HP printer. As long as it’s hooked up to a wireless network, you can send documents by using the fax feature on the device and inputting the phone number on the receiving end.
  • One handy feature built into today’s HP printers is an ink delivery program. You can even find coupons with some HP printers that will let you save by signing up for it. Ink is automatically shipped to your door when your printer determines you need more.
  • It’s important to pay close attention to the cost of the cartridges before buying the printer. Many HP printers work with the high-output cartridges HP sells. If you print often, this can be a way to save money, but if you print infrequently, you may find that a regular cartridge is best as the ink won’t dry out over the months it takes you to use it.
  • A refurbished HP printer can help you save money. Look closely at how the seller certifies that the product is in good working condition. Often, it’s merely that there are cosmetic defects, with the mechanics not affected at all.