HP Deskjet 3050A e-All-in-One
Manufacturer: HP Part number: CR232A#B1H
- Bottom Line:
- The HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One printer marries an attractive design with the latest cloud printing technology in a multifunction device that works for small offices that don't need to print a lot of full-color photos.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $73.56
- Reviewed by: Justin Yu
- Edited by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 11/01/2011
The good: The HP Deskjet 3050A features a refreshing design and its wireless Web connectivity lets you print in the cloud with HP ePrint technology.
The bad: The printer lacks an Ethernet port for wired networking and its dual ink cartridge bay is a money sink if you print a high volume of photos and color documents.
The bottom line: The HP Deskjet 3050A All-in-One printer marries an attractive design with the latest cloud printing technology in a multifunction device that works for small offices that don't need to print a lot of full-color photos.
Don't waste your money like I did
by eattrig on September 11, 2012
Pros: Cheap printer
Cons: You get what you pay for
Summary: Short version: Don't buy an HP printer. There are many other better options with at least some semblance of technical support. Even their own in-home support technician told me "...
Summary: Short version: Don't buy an HP printer. There are many other better options with at least some semblance of technical support. Even their own in-home support technician told me "I wouldn't buy a Deskjet 3520".
Long version: I bought a Deskjet 3050A in March 2012. It worked right out of the box.....for about one day. I called HP's "tech support", whose first suggestion was to unplug the "printer" for 30 seconds, plug it back in, then it should work. And it did.....for about one day. Then I called "tech support" again, and they changed the IP address of the "printer". The problem was again "fixed".....for about one day. This went on for quite a while. Every time I'd call, they'd try something else and it would work....for about one day. Finally, on about the seventh call (each of which lasted between one and two hours, by the way), I called and they ran out of things to try. So they threw up their hands and blamed my router, my computer, my other computer, my smartphone, my wife's smartphone, my dog, whatever they could blame that wasn't their "printer". By this time, I had been assigned a "case manager" named Liz. She made me do another call, but this time with an "upper-level support technician". He got it working again....for about one day. I called her again - she said we were out of options. I was irate. All I wanted was my money back, but she wouldn't do it. It took quite a bit of "convincing", but finally she offered to give me a replacement "printer" - a Deskjet 3520A - which I didn't want because I knew it would exhibit the same problem (same network card, same firmware, etc.). I reluctantly agreed and it came about a week later. Surprisingly it worked.....FOR ABOUT ONE DAY! I called Liz, who told me there was nothing she could do. Once again, I was irate. This time, after a bit more "convincing", she agreed to send an in-home support technician to my house for free. He came over and struggled for over two hours with it. At this point, he asked why we bought that printer. He said "I wouldn't buy a Deskjet 3520 - you should get a " some other HP printer I don't remember. Just as he was about to give up trying to fix my "printer", he tried installing the software a different way - by telling Windows to ask for the CD, which most people know does the same thing as installing it with the installer. Miraculously, it worked....WAIT FOR IT....WAIT FOR IT...FOR ABOUT ONE DAY!!!! I once again called Liz, who told me again that we were done. And that's it. Now I have a 20 pound paperweight.
I used to LOVE HP printers. Before I bought the 3050A, I saw some reviews that the wireless card sometimes drops out. I even read one from a guy whose story was similar to mine. But I bought the thing anyway because I really thought HP had their **** together. Man, was I wrong. Don't go down the same path I did. Try a different brand. Like I said, there are plenty of other options for the same price (or less), and some good tech support that you likely won't even need.
In case you're wondering about my level of technical expertise, I'm an engineer. I know how to troubleshoot a network, perform software installations, etc. (hell, I've even written a device driver). I can assure you the problem was not on my end.
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A very good printer.
by ashwin.chn on November 3, 2013
Pros: - Has lots of features.
- wifi enabled, so no need for messy usb cables. Also supports usb cable if you need.
- Can print directly from android or iphone without needing a PC.
- Works very well under linux.
- scans, cloud printing, copy
Cons: - Ink is costly and they have some kind of protection mechanism where it detects refilled ink (through expiry period of the ink cartridge) and non genuine ink. They do all this via chip embedded on ink cartridge.
Summary: I had a canon pixma printer before i bought this. Canon pixma printer had very bad linux support. Especially color prints under linux are horrible. This one works awesome in ...
Summary: I had a canon pixma printer before i bought this. Canon pixma printer had very bad linux support. Especially color prints under linux are horrible. This one works awesome in linux. It works in linux as good as it works in windows. Canon one was only a printer. But this one prints , scans and copies. It has a huge lot of features like google's could print, iphone's air print, wifi direct, e print (where it prints when you send a email to a preconfigured email address and it prints the attachment) and I am yet to try out these options. In the end, i am very happy with the printer performance and feature list.
OK for low volume work. Wireless needs work.
by chessysailor2 on May 3, 2012
Pros: Easy set up. Wireless worked with no fuss. Small size.
Cons: If I shut my computer off or even if it goes to sleep, the printer looses the wireless connection. Once the printer is turned off and then restarted it sync's OK.
Summary: I am not a big fan of low end HP printers, but so far it is doing a good job. I use this printer only for text so I don'...
Summary: I am not a big fan of low end HP printers, but so far it is doing a good job. I use this printer only for text so I don't have an opinion on its graphics performance.
Don't buy HP products
by boaterddsf on March 26, 2012
Pros: nice black color
Cons: All HP products are Junk
Summary: HP is the perfect example of why People don't buy American products
Summary: HP is the perfect example of why People don't buy American products
This is the most user-friendly printer I have had.
by gmt3010 on February 10, 2012
Pros: Installs fast. The ease of using the wireless was a pleasant surprise. No eprinting so can't assess that. The scanner and copier also are good. I had to scan a document and email it; this gave me options of sending it, from pdf file to a word doc.
Cons: I had to hunt around to find the way to print in fast draft. Oh, and I haven't priced the ink cartridges, yet.
Summary: Great for home-based office. No fax but then I never use one anyway. You'll find many options for the type of printing, page set up, sizing, landscape, rotate, etc. ...
Summary: Great for home-based office. No fax but then I never use one anyway. You'll find many options for the type of printing, page set up, sizing, landscape, rotate, etc. The scanner works like a charm.
A friend has the old HP D110 and has had nothing but problems, so I was relievedd it did -- and I did not have the USB plugged in! I paid $86 at one of the Usual Suspects stores.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Part number: CR232A#B1H
- Description: Take advantage of easy wireless printing and sharing at home - even print through e-mail. Designed to deliver dependable performance, this affordable e-all-in-one makes it easy to copy and scan, and conserve resources.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Printer / copier / scanner
- Copier Type Digital
- Printing Technology Ink-jet - Color
- Monthly Duty Cycle (max) 1000 impressions
- Recommended Monthly Volume 250 - 500 pages
- Display Diagonal Size 2"
- PC Connection Availability Yes
- PC Connection Wi-Fi(n),
- Localization English / Canada,
Spanish / United States,
- Max Copying Resolution up to 600 dpi (mono) / up to 600 dpi (color)
- Maximum Copies 50
- Inkjet Technology HP Thermal Inkjet
- Max Printing Resolution up to 600 dpi (mono) / up to 4800 x 1200 dpi (color)
- Max Printing Speed up to 20 ppm (mono) / up to 16 ppm (color)
- Color 4-ink
- Printer Drivers / Emulations PCL 3 GUI
- Scan Element CIS
- Optical Resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi
- Color Depth 24 bit
Document & Media Handling
- Max Original Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
- Original Type Sheets
- Max Media Size Other 8.5 in x 11.7 in
- Supported Media Type Iron-on transfers,
- Supported Media Sizes 8.5 in x 11.7 in,
5.12 in x 7.1 in,
Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in),
Legal (8.5 in x 14 in),
3.95 in x 5.9 in
- Standard Media Capacity 60 sheets
- Output Trays Capacity 25 sheets
- Document & Media Handling Details Input tray - 60 sheets - Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in),
Output tray - 25 sheets - Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
- Speed Details Printing : up to 20 ppm ( Letter A ) - B/W draft,
Printing : up to 16 ppm ( Letter A ) - Color draft,
Printing : up to 5.5 ppm ( Letter A ) - B/W normal,
Printing : up to 4 ppm ( Letter A ) - Color normal,
Printing : up to 5.5 ppm ( Letter A ) - B/W best,
Printing : up to 4 ppm ( Letter A ) - Color best
- Interfaces USB 2.0
- Operating System Support MS Windows 7,
Apple Mac OS X 10.6,
Apple Mac OS X 10.5,
MS Windows Vista,
MS Windows XP SP2 or later
- Power AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Power Consumption Operational 9 Watt
- Power Consumption Standby 2.5 Watt
- Power Consumption Sleep 1.2 Watt
- Included Accessories USB cable
- Consumables Included 1 x Cartridge ( Black ) - HP 61,
1 x Cartridge ( Color ) - HP 61
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 16.8 in
- Depth 16 in
- Height 9.8 in
- Weight 7.7 lbs
- Sound Emission 63 dBA (operating)
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 113 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 80% (non-condensing)