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HP Deskjet 3050 review



Our Score



  • Straightforward WPS wireless setup support
  • Easy, two-cartridge maintenance
  • Fast colour copies


  • Below average plain paper print quality
  • Tri-colour cartridge can be wasteful
  • External power supply

Review Price free/subscription

Key Features: 38mm LCD display; Pre-programmed forms on tap; Wireless connection; Small footprint when closed; Well-designed control panel

Manufacturer: HP

The Deskjet 1050 is the entry-level general-purpose all-in-one in HP’s range, while the Deskjet 3050, reviewed here, is the next model up. It looks superficially like the cheaper machine, but is claimed to be faster and has a 38mm LCD like its single-function stablemate, the Deskjet 3000.

The styling of the Deskjet 3050 is very similar to the DeskJet 1050, except that the high-gloss top surface is more of a very dark brown than jet black. The paper feed tray support, which flips up from its resting position on top of the printer, has the same glossy finish and a maroon go-faster stripe highlights the join between the scanner and its cover. The paper guide is picked out in the same maroon colour.

The control panel uses a column of seven flexible-strip buttons to switch the wireless transceiver on and off, to scan a document, to print quick forms and to cancel a current job. There are three soft buttons, linked to the LCD display, which take on different functions depending on the menu context.

Additionally, there are indicators for both of the inkjet cartridges, one for errors, one to indicate wireless activity and one set into the circular power button, which pulses gently when the machine is in standby.

The 60-sheet paper tray feeds out to a chunky output tray at the front. This folds down and telescopes out to take printed pages. Inside the printer is a second pull-down cover, and behind this are the carriers for the two ink cartridges.

The only sockets at the back are for the low-voltage power cable from the small, block power supply and for a USB cable, in case you prefer this data connection or need to use it during wireless setup.

Setup is straightforward and offers WPS single-button connection, if your wireless router supports it. Otherwise, you have to enter a WPA pass code on a connected computer to complete the link.

The two cartridges, black and tri-colour, slide in and clip up into their respective holders and software for Windows or OS X installs from the supplied CD. There's a copy of HP's Photo Creations available for download, too, which gives you basic photo manipulations and print-based projects. Pre-programmed forms for home office and leisure are available directly from the control panel.

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Jan Andersen

May 4, 2011, 8:15 pm

We got this HP 3050 priner and scanner two weeks ago. The idea was that we all could print from our notebook to the PC using wi-fi. BUT - it is almost impossible to make this work, then only the printer works, but on one notebook, the none works etc etc. You cant expect this printer to work every time you need a hjob done - expect to use 1/2 an hour or more to make it work - the silly pop-up informing you that there is no connection to the printer is anoying. After a full day I had to give up - connecting the good old USB, and the printer insists on using the wi-fi, aparently only way out of this is to uninstall the whole thing and reinstall without wi-fi. There may be a clever method to do this - but frankly - I dont know what to do. So got a priner which hasnt been in use since we baught it. This printer is one of the few things I baught which is of no use - together with the Lindy Clone station wich also stands in a corner unused - they make a nice cupple. So - DONT BUY THIS PRODUCT !


August 27, 2011, 1:57 pm

Excellent printer. Both text and colour output are of a very high standard, considering the price. The scanner can be used independently of a computer connection, which is a big plus. The only downside I found is that you can't set the printer up to use both the USB and wireless options. It's either one or the other.

AZ snowbird

April 18, 2013, 7:49 pm

Terrible printer. I bought this small size printer for a condo I live in only half of the year. It had very light use and in less than a year it didn't print or scan anymore. Of course, you have ot pay a premium to get help from HP. The wireless didn't work and I had to use a USB cord to print from my laptop. It wouldn't print in just black, even though there is an option button for it. I purchased it at Walmart and they have only a 30 day return policy. Very disappointing. Do not waste your money!

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