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HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Jan 26 . Rating: 4.5 HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier Get more done with the easiest way to print from your smartphone or tablet.1Simplify tasks-and save up to 50% on ink2-with this affordable, easy-to-use all-in-one with fax. It fits in nearly any space and works quietly in the background. Affordable at-home printing with HP […]

HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier


HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier


Get more done with the easiest way to print from your smartphone or tablet.1Simplify tasks-and save up to 50% on ink2-with this affordable, easy-to-use all-in-one with fax. It fits in nearly any space and works quietly in the background.

  • Affordable at-home printing with HP Instant Ink



What customers say about HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier?

  • 101 of 108 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally, wireless scanning!, October 23, 2015
    By 
    Claire Jordan (New Orleans, LA) –
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    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
    I don’t print very often and I never fax, but I have been looking for a wireless scanner and this seemed like a good way to handle that need while covering my occasional printing needs. So far I’m pretty impressed with it. It was fairly easy to set up for printing, but when I tried to scan remotely from my computer I was told that I needed to download additional software, but not directed to where that software might be. I searched the HP site for the Easy Scan app to no avail. I finally searched Google and found it on the iTunes store. Once I downloaded and installed it I was able to scan easily by controlling the scanner in my guest room wirelessly from my laptop in the living room. I also downloaded the scanning app for my iPhone and was able to manage the scanner from that as well. My office is my living room so I don’t want a bunch of office equipment sitting around everywhere. With this machine I can keep the printer, scanner, fax (does anybody fax anymore?) machine out of sight but still have it on standby when I need it. In the past I would have to dig the scanner out of the closet, plug it in to my laptop and leave it on the coffee table for the duration of it’s use. Now the scanner is available anytime I need it without cluttering up the living room. Perfect!

    I also like the ability to print from anywhere using the iPhone app. When I come home anything I’ve printed is sitting on the printer waiting for me. Cool. The only thing that I don’t love about this all-in-one is that the ink cartridges seem kind of pricey. I think they price them higher so you’ll be motivated to join their auto-ordering scheme (basically your printer rats you out to HP whenever the cartridges start getting low.) They pretend that there’s a terrific discount through this program, but they seem to be hiking up the prices so they can appear to discount them to a fair retail price. Welcome to the new subscription-based economy! Other than that this is a very practical all-in-one device.

    PS – Writing reviews has become an accidental hobby for me, and it always makes my day to know that people find my reviews helpful (and if not, why.) Also, if you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. I usually respond pretty quickly and almost always within 24 hours. This item was provided for review consideration.

    Cheers! Claire

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  • 61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Scan and Deliver, October 27, 2015
    By 
    Christine Zibas (Chicagoland, IL, USA) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
    This is the non-geeky girls guide to the HP Officejet Wireless Printer. Although I may not know a variable bit rate from a zigbee, I know what I like in electronics.

    What I Liked About the Printer:

    The wireless capability is easy and convenient. My other printers are somewhat limited because I don’t have the ability to print directly from my smartphone, tablet, and laptop. Being able to scan and print from a remote app makes this printer a joy because I am not locked into only printing from my desktop.

    The auto document feeder is perfect for me because it allows me to scan, copy, or print multiple documents without the need for me to individually (that is, manually) feed each page, which becomes tedious, not to mention aggravating.

    It also comes pre-loaded with ink. While loading ink isn’t a big deal, having it already installed is a nice touch.

    It also includes a fax, again not a biggie, because these days not many people use the fax any longer. However, when someone does request something by fax, this will serve its users well.

    Things That Make Me Go Hmmm:

    Although HP claims that this machine saves you money on ink, it is cheaper to fill my wired Canon and Epson printers.

    Photos aren’t as accurate in representation as with my Canon and Epson printers, which is very important to me. Being a serious photographer, I need vibrant, rich color.

    Overall, I think this is a nice printer. While it doesn’t shine in the case of producing great photos, it does many other things quite well, and it is feature-rich. It’s a good value for the money, and I plan on continuing to use it as a secondary printer.

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  • 42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent choice for home or light use –, November 8, 2015
    By 
    L. Mountford (Bellingham, WA United States) –
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    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: HP Officejet 3830 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Office Product)
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
    First things first: I’m using this with a Macbook Air 13″ running OS X Yosemite (10.10.5) on a home network with router supplied by my cable company (it’s an integrated cable modem + router). My background includes 32 yrs in IT (software development), but I’m NOT a “hardware geek,” and I can be a little intimidated by some hardware. So I often approach installation/setup of new electronics with some trepidation.

    This was probably the smoothest install/setup I’ve encountered. There is one issue which didn’t impact the actual install/setup, but I’ll get into that later.

    From opening the box to printing my first page, I spent under 20 minutes. This included EVERYTHING: unpacking the printer, connecting all the bits that needed to be connected. powering it up, and installing the HP software on my Mac. You get a CD, but I didn’t use it at all. I just followed the instructions and went to the HP website which led me step by step through the process. Also in the box are the power cord and the two ink cartridges (black and color). There is NO USB cable to connect it directly to your computer, so if you aren’t planning to use the wireless feature, you’ll need to furnish your own USB cable. Once it’s powered up and the cartridges are installed, the printer will automatically print a test page.

    I had no issues at all connecting it to my wireless network. Once I had entered my network’s password (I have it stored in a keychain, so I didn’t have to manually type it in), it connected immediately.

    I went ahead and signed up for the HP Instant Ink 3-month trial. The price after the free trial period isn’t too bad, considering the cost of the ink cartridges. I figure if I don’t like it, I can cancel (there’s no “contract” or minimum membership limits), and not having to worry about ordering ink on time is a nice convenience. I don’t print a lot, really — maybe 30 or so pages a month — so this should work from an economical standpoint.

    After finishing the installation process, I sent it a variety of documents, both black and white as well as color, text, photos, drawings, etc. — 10 in all — to test out the print speed and quality. I sent them in “batches,” waiting for the printer to idle between batches to determine how long it took to “power up” to print. It definitely prints faster than I expected — both color and black & white seemed to print quickly — and the quality is good. Black & white quality is really excellent; color is OK — not perfect, but I was printing on general purpose inkjet paper, not photo paper, and it was fine for my use. I don’t print photos on my home printer, so the need for precise color matching isn’t as great for me. It does a “good enough” job. Power-up from idle is almost instantaneous, too. Overall, I’m very impressed with the performance.

    I also opted to install the HP printer “electronic help” that is supposed to integrate with Apple’s Help function, and this is where things didn’t work. You get only minimal product and usage info in the box, so you’re supposed to install the more detailed help documentation during the installation process, which I did. Unfortunately, it seems to disappear into a black hole on a Mac running OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite), because the instructions they include in the minimal “get started” guide that detail how to find it after it’s installed bear no resemblance to anything I can find on my Mac. I spent the better part of an hour searching among the various Mac “help” functions for the list of commands presented in the HP 3830 “get started” guide — they simply don’t exist anywhere in the OS X Resources –> Mac Help tree. I finally went to the HP website, and even there it wasn’t intuitively obvious where to find a “user manual” for this printer. I did finally locate one and downloaded the .pdf. Without the manual, you’ll have to figure out how to use the document feeder, handle two-sided copying, etc. by trial and error.

    Given that having a detailed user guide to provide guidance on more advanced features of a printer is kind of important, I’m knocking off 1 star. At a minimum, HP should provide a link to the actual .pdf user manual somewhere in the documentation. The link provided for “additional support” goes to the “Drivers & Downloads,” “Troubleshooting,” and “Support Forums” page. Clicking on “Drivers & Downloads” allows you to select “Printers,” and after a couple more clicks on a couple more pages with more dropdowns, you’ll eventually get to the page for this printer where you can select “User Guide.” It shouldn’t be this difficult. How about just including a link for the guide?

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