HP’s DeskJet 3630 is a basic printer for the user who wants a printer with a ton of prices but doesn’t want to spend a ton. Featuring functions that allow it to not only print but also scan and copy documents, the 3630 is a fantastic bargain at around £40.
And we haven’t even mentioned all of its features yet.
Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity, the 3630 is capable of wirelessly printing photos and documents via HP’s ePrint application on iOS devices, or through any other device that supports connecting to a printer over Wi-Fi.
Sadly the price tag does mean there are some trade-offs, particularly with its design, which isn’t very appealing and is built using a rather flimsy plastic casing, and very few thrills.
It does have an LCD display, that is only 1 inch wide, so it won’t allow you to change settings or view detailed stats, but it will show you specific details such as the printer’s wireless connection and ink levels.
Due to the small display, you do need to use HP’s Printer Assistant software to set up the printer properly, allowing you to access the printer’s settings and diagnostic features.
Despite an inexpensive up-front cost, the cost of ink can be quite expensive for text printing, with a standard size black ink cartridge priced at around £10, the 3630 will cost you about 6p per page for black and white printing.
This can be reduced via an XL cartridge, which is priced at around £22 and ends up costing around 4.5p per page printed on black and white.
Thankfully colour printing is okay in terms of price, with a standard size tri-colour cartridge priced at £13, you can get around 165 pages printed for about 8p per page. There’s also the HP 302 XL tri-colour cartridge that is priced at around £18 and drops the price to about 6.5p per page.
The DeskJet 3630 is also compatible with HP’s Instant Ink subscription, which allows you to save money by subscribing to the service.
Basically, HP Instant will instantly send you HP Ink to your door when your ink is running low, it costs £1.99 a month for 50 pages a month of printing, £3.49/month for 100 pages of printing or £7.99/month for 300 pages a month.
In terms of performance, the 3630 has a print speed of around 8.5 ppm for black printing, or 6 ppm for colour printing, which will make it great for the average user who just wants to print out the occasional piece of homework or random documents.
Sadly black printing is not extremely smooth, so if you are looking to print something that is important like business documents, you might want to look elsewhere.
Colour printing is generally great, the images we printed out during our tests came out clear, crisp and generally pleasant.
All in all, if you are looking for a simple printer to get the job done then the HP DeskJet 3630 is a great option, its cheap enough to make it awesome for anyone who needs to print the occasional document, however, it’s design is not the best-looking one that we have seen and if you are looking for something a little more important than the general piece of homework then you might want to choose a higher model.
We would say the perfect use case for the 3630 would be for a student at university or for the parent of a young child that wants to print out the odd drawing or piece of homework.
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Disclosure: HP sent us the HP DeskJet 3630 for review purposes, it was returned upon conclusion.