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HP Officejet Pro 6830
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 - Controls
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 - USB and Trays
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 - Cartridges
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 - Feature Table
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 - Print Speeds and Costs

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Good turn of speed
  • Eligible for Instant Ink
  • Front panel USB

Cons

  • Very noisy ADF feed
  • Single paper tray
  • Slow duplex print

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Key Features

  • Touchscreen controls
  • Duplex print
  • Wireless and ePrint support
  • Cheap to run
  • Low energy consumption
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £80.00

What is the HP Officejet Pro 6830?

Most printer makers have two ranges of inkjet printers running in parallel, one aimed at the home photography enthusiast and the other at small and home-office customers (SOHO). HP’s Officejet Pro 6830 is a mid-range printer in the latter category and is surprisingly well equipped for a machine costing well under £100.

HP Officejet Pro 6830 - USB and Trays

HP Officejet Pro 6830: Design and Features

The grey and black casing has a slight stealth-bomber look to it and the automatic document feeder (ADF) far from being built into the bodywork, like some of its rivals, has been made a feature of the design. Slung underneath this, at a permanent slope, is a touchscreen control panel, with a good sized, 63mm LCD and several dedicated touch buttons.

HP Officejet Pro 6830 - Controls

At the opposite end of the front panel is a USB socket which can be used to scan to, or print files, from a USB drive. Sticking out at the bottom is a single paper tray, which can take up to 225 sheets. Paper feeds from here onto a telescopic output tray above, but when fully extended, it increases the depth of the printer quite considerably.

HP Officejet Pro 6830: Connections and Cartridges

The Officejet Pro 6830 can be connected through USB, Ethernet or wireless, with the wireless option offering direct connection for mobile devices as well as for remote printing, through ePrint.

The four separate ink cartridges clip in under the scanner bed, when you fold that up out of the way and are available in standard and XL capacities. The printer is eligible for InstantInk, HP’s subscription ink service, where you pay for a set number of pages per month. A page counts, no matter how much is covered, and a duplex page counts as two pages of ink.

We’re undecided about Instant Ink for SOHO inkjets. It can represent very good value if you print a lot of photos, where there’s high ink use, but for business, with typically small amounts of text on a page, it may not prove that cost-effective.

HP Officejet Pro 6830:Print Speeds

HP claims the Officejet Pro 6830 can manage 18ppm mono and 10ppm colour. In our tests, which measure from pressing Print to the last page arriving in the output tray, we saw 10.7ppm on our five-page mono test. This rose to 13.8ppm, around three quarters of the rated speed and a good throughput.

The five-page text and colour graphics printed at 4.6ppm, which is less than half the spec and a 20-page mono document printed duplex gave 7.1 sides per minute, which is fair, slowed only by the drying time between printing sides.

Photos of 15 x 10cm took between 1:04 and 1:13, which is a good speed. The quality of the prints doesn’t suffer either, as they are as well-detailed and colours are natural. They are a bit dark by default, though, so deeper hues in images can veer to black, but can be compensated for in software.

HP Officejet Pro 6830

HP Officejet Pro 6830: Print Quality and Costs

Black text is clean and sharp, near laser quality. Colour graphics on plain paper are also very clear and bright, though we did notice slight banding in some colour fills. While colours were also well reproduced in copies, fill textures became a little ragged in places.

Using the best prices we could find for the high-yield cartridges, the page costs are 2.3p for a mono page and 5.6p for a colour one. These are low compared with the page costs from similar printers. The Epson WorkForce WF-2650DWF, for example, has page costs of 3.6p and 11.0p, respectively, while the £70 Canon PIXMA MG5650 has costs of 2.6p and 6.6p.

HP Officejet Pro 6830 - Cartridges

Should I buy an HP Officejet Pro 6830?

Comparatively low-cost SOHO inkjets aren’t hard to find and the Brother MFC-J5320DW, as well as the Epson and Canon printers already mentioned, are competitors. The Brother has a single-sheet feed as well as occasional A3 print. The Canon doesn’t have an ADF, but is around 12 per cent cheaper, while the Epson has higher print and scan resolution, but a smaller, mono LCD.

Verdict

The HP Officejet Pro 6830 is a good, general-purpose, SOHO inkjet all-in-one. It’s neatly designed and prints fast, though print quality isn’t quite up to HP’s normal standard. It’s versatile connection options make it a good machine for a wide variety of different applications.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Features 8
  • Print Quality 7
  • Print Speed 8
  • Value 9

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Damago

November 4, 2015, 11:06 pm

Such reviews as above - miss the most irritating things that are just outside reach of testers and hit the real users really hard. I actually own a few of OfficeJet pro from 7500 to 8600 series.

* all of officejet pro printers have horribly overbloated drivers weighting hundrets of megabytes and designed to irritate you with propositions of buying unnecesary things. I really do not understand why HP cannot release a driver for professional use without all the bloatware.

* To make things worse: Officejet pro printer drives are installing BACKDOOR TO YOUR COMPUTER allowing access from outside to files on your computer. This backdoor rootkit installed by HP (without notifying you during installation) is used by their scanning functions. You cannot opt-out to not install such backdoor. You think your PC is protected and - if you did install HP drivers - in fact it is not. I had a correspondence exchange with HP support and they confirm it' confirm that it cannot be disabled and they don't care about this.

* the driver has irritating behavior: if you go to word, and select 'print' MS word will go stuck on 'communicating with printer' dialog for a good minute or two. even though it is perfectly ok to print to print queue even without connection to the printer -sorry. You have to wait for the driver to check if there are no advertisements for buying new inks ready to display on your screen.

* printer's cost-of-ownership is much higher then stated in reviews. There is a trick used by HP to increase those costs: as soon as you print a couple of pages the printer starts displaying (on it's display, and what is worse on all computers that are in the same network as soon as they have drivers installed) that there the ink is just about to run out and you have to buy new one. You will always find an idiot in the office who will do this. If somebody does it: HP has you - the inks have as short 'best before' date as yoghurt. And as soon as they expire - the printer refuses to print. For some printers it is even worse: as soon as one cartridge is low, the printer advertises also other cartridges as low, and those advertisement do not disapear unless you change ALL the cartridges not only the empty one. This was true for L8620 I am not sure abut 8630.

* even if you make sure to check if the printer is able to print using expired inks - forget it. Firstly the printer requires the user to make abracadabra after each power on (it is NOT explained in the popup message on the printer that you CAN actually bypass this message and power the equipment on). Secondly HP introduced smart bug in the driver firmware that whenever there is a printer with expired materials in your network the network driver will hang print queue on Windows system (and some mac-os x machines) and you have to actually restart print queue with manually run macro on PC before EVERY print job.

* some of the printers (including the OfficeJet Pro L7500 and L7600 series) have glitch in drivers and the printer does not print the last few kilobytes from the last page of the document. So often documents get printed without a few last lines of text. I didnt notice it on 8610 yet but on a new L7xxx it was not present too and was introduced with some drivers upgrade

* there are bugs in SNMP software for the printers making it impossible to read real state of consumables (it is giving false results on ink levels) - for instant officejet pro series.

This is real user experience with HP printers and the problem is that such reviews does not tell you this because no tester is really USING the tested equipment.

The problem is in the greed of manufacturers which I really hope will hit them back like fiddling with engine computer hit Volkswagen. I hope HP will loose half of it's share price before they will realize that at the end of the day they should be earning on good reputation and not on cheating of the users to make them buy more unnecesary new printers and inks which lay completely new but expired in trash bins.

Stephen Sheen

November 22, 2015, 2:24 am

Left HP behind a Long time ago because of ALL the things you mention. RIP- OFF INK PRICES, SILLY SUBSCRIPTIONS, CONTROL OF YOUR PRINTING HABITS, GARBAGE DRIVERS ETC ETC. HP have no interest in their customer needs other than to generate profit for themselves like most inkjet printer makers.
I decided to go to a Samsung Mono Laser printer 2 years ago, best thing I ever did. Prints are instant and lighting fast, no driver hassles, toner ink seems to last for ever. I had an expensive Canon Printer before this and it was the same as the HP printers Gobbling up ink at an alarming rate, it failed after 13 Months only having gone through 2 set of cartridges. GOODBY TO INKJET and GOOD RIDDANCE.

Peter Mol

July 16, 2016, 11:09 am

Thanks for reminding me about hp. I was badly ripped off by them on a faulty pc. You just reminded me how they operate and I am not going back there.

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