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HP Deskjet 3050 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

6

Strangely, HP rates this all-in-one at 20ppm and 16ppm in draft mode, noticeably faster than the DeskJet 1050, while the normal mode speeds are identical between the two. Under test, draft mode on the DeskJet 1050 was quicker, returning a speed of 7.9ppm, while this machine only managed 7.3ppm.

The other speeds were comparable between the two printers, with typically a couple of seconds either way in the test times. We saw 5.5ppm for our five-page document, rising to 6.4ppm on the 20-page one. The five-page black text and colour graphics test gave only 2.3ppm, though a single-page colour copy completed in a comparatively nippy 28s.

The text prints we obtained from the machine were below average, with noticeable blurring around some characters, fade out on some thin strokes and misplaced ink dots at various points on several pages. Draft mode pages suffered from the same print faults.

Colours are vivid and clean, though with some slight banding and a bit of blurring in text over solid colours. A colour copy was quite close to the original in colour hue, though textures in solid areas became more noticeable. A colour photo on HP Advanced glossy paper is well detailed over a range of different shades, though not as bright as we've seen from other machines in the range.

The black and colour cartridges are available in two capacities and the higher capacity, XL versions produce costs very similar to the other Deskjets we've looked at recently. A black page cost of 4.6p and a colour one of 10.0p are both in the same order as entry-level all-in-ones from other suppliers.

Verdict

This is another serviceable, budget all-in-one, where you only pay about a fiver extra for the LCD display, which is a useful extra providing worthwhile feedback. Speeds and running costs are both acceptable for this class of machine, but the print quality from our test sample really wasn't there. While this may be an issue from this particular review sample, the fact that the same engine can vary between models may cast doubt on quality control within the range.

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 !

eyepopper

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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