HP – Deskjet 3050 review

Entry-level inkjet all-in-one
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The Deskjet 3050 is a small-format, entry-level all-in-one intended for the home market. One step up from the cheaper DeskJet 1050, it includes a mono LCD display with three soft buttons beside it that are used to select the printer’s menu options.

Paper feeds from a 60-sheet rear tray to another at the front and there are two print cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour. Even though this is an inexpensive printer, it comes as standard with wireless connection as well as USB and supports easy WPS setup.

Print speeds with the Deskjet 3050 are not particularly quick, but about average for this class of printer. We measured them at 6.4ppm for black and 2.3ppm for colour. A single-page colour copy completed in 28s, which is really quite nippy.

So far, this is a well-designed all-in-one, with some clever use of industrial design to provide a useful feature set in a low-cost device. However the proof of a printer is in the pages it produces – and this is where the DeskJet 3050 proved a bit of a let-down.

Print quality
Traditionally, HP has produced excellent print quality throughout its range, but with the Deskjet 3050 black text is blurred and in places looks to smear along the line. Colours are reasonable and photo prints look good, with natural colours and fair levels of detail – but there was still evidence of slight banding .

Running costs, at 3.9p for black-and-white pages and 9.3p for colour, using ISO page coverage standards, are reasonable for a printer in this class, and the cartridges are easy to fit and replace.

Company: HP

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This is a useful little all-in-one with a good feature set. It ticks most of the boxes, except arguably the most important one. Print quality, particularly of black text on plain paper, is below what HP printers normally produce - and even below that of some likely competitors.