HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3776 All-in-One Printer Product Review

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For all the attempts to push for a paperless environment, printers will never become obsolete. Style and use may have changed but one thing is clear. There is still a need to have a printer but it should be one that answers to the demand for convenience, efficiency, and durability.

In my search to find THE ONE, I was fortunate that I was given an HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3776 All-in-One Printer for review so here goes.

Here are the contents of the box:

What Can the HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3776 All-in-One Printer Do?

By its short description of "all-in-one", we can pretty much guess that it can do more than print. 

It can scan...

...and copy as well. 

But the most interesting thing about it is that it can do all these wirelessly from virtually any mobile device. It is by far the easiest way to print documents, photos, and more from your Apple, Android, and Windows devices. Get connected quickly and start printing fast with easy setup from your smartphone or tablet. You can also simply connect your smartphone or tablet directly to your printer, and easily print without a network. 

Here are its features:

1. It is the world’s smallest all-in-one printer. Its sleek, compact style is designed to fit in any spot where you want it placed. This model is available in seagrass color and weighs about 2.33 kg. Minimum dimensions (W x D x H) is 403 x 177 x 141 mm 1 while maximum dimensions (W x D x H) is 403 x 451 x 264 mm. 

2. It can handle most scan jobs from a variety of papers. Plain paper, Matte Brochure Papers, Glossy Brochure Papers, Photo papers, Envelopes, and other specialty inkjet papers are supported. Media weight recommended is 75 g/m² . Scan resolution is up to 600 dpi with a 24-bit depth. Maximum scan size (ADF) is 216 x 355 mm. You can scan any object on the go with the HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app for your smartphone or tablet.

3. Its copy speed (draft) is up to 4 cpm for black and 2.5 cpm for colored. It can be set for a maximum number of 9 copies. Copy resolution is 300 x 300 dpi both for black text and color text with graphics.

4. It provides for quality and affordable printing. Power consumption is placed at 0.06 watts (Off), 2.2 watts (Standby), 0.69 watt (Sleep).Original HP ink cartridges 680 both for black and colored are affordable. Retail price of the printer is below PHP 5,000.00.

5. Software included are the HP Printer Software, HP Update, and HP Photo Creations. It comes with 1 Year Limited Warranty (Return to HP/Dealer - Unit Exchange). 

Three Generations Of HP Printers

Our family has been using HP Printers for many years now. We decided to stop using our first one although it is still in working condition because of the high cost of ink. Those were the times that replacing ink cartridges literally can bore a hole on one's pocket. This is the reason why the ink refilling business experienced a boom at one point in time but some say at the cost of experiencing printer malfunction. Still many tried, because the cost of original ink cartridges was simply too much especially for a regular user. 

So when HP came out with a printer which used affordable ink, we decided to buy the printer which we are currently using right now. It has efficiently served its purpose at a much lower cost but with the trend towards greater mobility even in terms of printing, we were thinking we can still do better. And then the HP DeskJet 3700 line was rolled out...

The Test Under Our Family's Use

Each member of our family has our own reason for needing a printer. My husband and I usually use it for our documents. On the other hand, my children make use of the printer extensively, as in extensively, for their school projects, reports, and other assigned works that need some sort of visual presentation. 

As the month of February is considered the last stretch for my children to submit the best work they can in school as one is graduating from grade school and the other one is moving up to senior high school, both would return home from school asking to use the printer almost immediately. Everyday, including weekends, passed by with a flurry of printing an assortment of texts and images. I was actually looking intently on the estimated number of pages indicated in the box, hoping that it will not run out before my children ran out of printing requirements.

My Say

I must say that the timing of this product review couldn't have been any better. For how else can I provide a comprehensive review if I am not able to maximize its use without wasting the ink. We have surmised that the actual number of pages we have printed came very close to the estimated 480 pages for the black cartridge and 150 pages for the colored cartridge, taking into consideration that the prints used both black and colored as well as text and images.

There was even a time that my son had to bring the printer for an activity. Thankfully, he was able to manage it because of the compact size of the printer and minus so many wires to contend with. The best thing about it is that they are so proud of their finished work which I know would not be possible without a reliable printer.

That said, the only limitation I can see as of now is with regards to the thickness of the material that is to be scanned because it has to be scrolled but it can still be remedied by taking a photo so it can be saved or printed. I'm sure there will be more innovations to come after this wireless printing idea. But for now, I'm glad we have this capability as it indeed helped my children shine in school.

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