With our homeschool back in full swing, it was the perfect time to have an opportunity to test the HP Deskjet 3052A All-in-One Printer. I’ve kept it humming, printing Algebra exams and multiplication tests, as well as making posters and worksheets. Whatever your printing needs, it will be hard to find a simpler to use, more affordable printer that does EVERYTHING! I own two other HP printers, a laser jet that is nearly 15 years old and still going strong, and a PhotoJet for printing extraordinary snapshots and portraits. The Deskjet 3052A is the perfect addition to the family for everyday color printing needs and I have enjoyed putting it to the test.
Everything I have printed, with the exception of one photo of our granddaughter, so far, has been printed just using everyday, normal settings and produced excellent quality with vivid and “true” colors. The speed has also been about average — no lagging or slow down that I have noted. Normal everyday settings, meaning I am getting about 5.5 pages per minute (ppm) with black ink and 4 ppm with color, have been perfect. I am very pleased with print quality. On the best quality settings, which I tested for that photo of our granddaughter, you can achieve near-laser quality prints with the 3052A and still hit speeds comparable to other printers on the market — hanging in there at the same as for normal printing — 5.5 ppm with black ink and 4 ppm with color. Printing in draft mode is another money-saving option and, not only conserves ink, but speeds up your print output to 20 ppm with black and 16 ppm with color. The printer can print in a quality up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi from 1200 dpi input data. That’s extraordinary from an inexpensive deskjet! (It’s only $69 at walmart.com, right now!) Plus, it has a monthly duty cycle that can handle about 1,000 pages per month. While it’s not the workhorse that my laser is (with a 20,000 pages per month duty cycle), it’s more than adequate for school, family or home office use.
Besides school printing, I am loving the HP Deskjet 3052A for my home office needs and for some specialty printing that saves our family money. I have printed a custom-designed Christmas card using the Greeting Card Factory software included with my printer, as well as schedules, shopping lists, Bible study notes, letterhead for the blog and more. I have used the 3052A to make copies and I even sent a photo, snapped with my phone, straight to the printer for printing — mm..hmm, straight from the phone. No computer “middle-man”. Sweet! The other cool feature is the e-Print mobile printing option. Print from anywhere. If you can email it, you can print from this printer, no matter where you are.
It doesn’t matter where in the house I have it set up, because it runs wirelessly on our home network. (It can also be attached to the computer with an included USB cable, if you don’t have wireless compatibility at home.) It’s light weight and effortless to move from spot to spot, if I need to change things up. It is Energy Star Certified and made from 25% post-consumer recycled products. HP also has a fantastic ink cartridge recycling program, so they really have made an excellent effort to not only keep this printer affordable, but environmentally friendly.
The only thing I am somewhat concerned about, over the long term, is how durable the printer will be. It is all plastic and very lightweight, which makes it easy to move around, but I’m concerned that the extender for the paper tray would be fairly simple to snap off if someone was careless about bumping into it or too rough when they were moving it in and out. Only time will tell how the tray holds up. Otherwise, I have absolutely no reservations about this printer. It and it’s ink cartridges and accessories are easy to find at Walmart, so I never even have to leave town to get supplies.
The last feature I have pictures of, and was excited to share with you, is the option to print straight from my mobile phone or tablet. To do this I downloaded the HP ePrint app for my phone (android) and selected a photo from the album on the phone and printed it. 1-2-3! Simple and perfect! I love this option!
I’m excited about the potential the printer offers with the holidays fast approaching. It will be perfect for everything from gift tags, jar labels for homemade canned goods, recipe cards, custom printed calendars or memory books, cards and so much more. I’m sure I’ll have opportunities to use it for decorating, as well as gift making and YOU could use it to make an affordable DIY holiday season for your family, too! Check it out on walmart.com.
When I first accepted this post and review opportunity, it was to host a party for a few friends and let them see all the great features of this printer and pass out the favors that HP and Walmart supplied for each of them. Since my husband’s recent hospitalization and health problems have made it difficult to throw a party, here, I opted to share my party with all of you friends and spread the word even further! And to top it off, since it’s Busy-at-Home’s third birthday, we’re going to kick off the celebration by giving away one of these HP 3052A printers! Be sure to enter, below! You might be the drawing winner and have one of these awesome all-in-one printers to get creative with for the holidays!
Winner must reside in the US and be 18 or older. The mandatory entry must be completed, before any optional entries will be counted.
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post telling me the first project you would use your new All-in-One printer for, if you are the winner. Then use the Rafflecopter form to register your entry!
I received an HP 3052A printer and promotional items in order to to test the printer in my own home office and collect data for this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product. The guest favor items furnished by Walmart and HP are making the printer giveaway possible.