Been using this printer now for a while and it has been flawless.
Scan functionality works great (even under Linux), which turned out to be a great bonus as I did not buy this printer on the merits of the scan functionality, as I seldom scan. But my dad had to make an insurance claim from when he was on holiday abroad and lots of items needed scanning, so getting a multi-function printer has really paid off.
I’ve printed out various things for my children for school work, photos on regular plain paper (which look OK), the only thing I have not tried yet is printing on photo-gloss paper
The print quality has been great, no issues with banding, colour match better than the big colour laser printers at Staples can manage (based on experience of printing business cards).
My wife has even printed a few things from her iPhone without issue.
So overall very happy with the HP 6830.
I put together a nice little business card for my wife’s craft work for Just by Jen.
This was created in Pages; a friend created the logo, I did the layout and colour work.
I’ve had a HP D5160 for many years. Its had steady regular use, good print quality and generally reliable over the past 7 years. But recently print quality has dropped, severe banding that new cartridges did not fix (inbuilt print heads), can’t complain for the amount of use its had.
As the main hassle has been from having a different colour cartridge for photos, not just the time it takes to swap, but they dry out when not in use, so I wanted to make sure my next printer used the same ink for all types of printing. To reduce waste I also wanted separate cartridges for each colour rather than a combined colour cartridge of my previous printer. I also wanted to stick with HP due to their excellent Linux support (I use a mixture of Mac and Ubuntu on my home machines). Looking on the HP website, the 6830 was the cheapest printer that met my needs. I checked a number of reviews and I soon ordered and received my new printer.
I’ve yet to print any photos, but I can tell you with the factory settings that the print quality on regular paper is great, the 6830 has really good colour match, better than my old D5160. I have little experience of recent inkjets, but the print quality has no obvious flaws to worry about and handled documents, photos (on plain paper) and graphics without problem.
Wifi was easy to setup and connected up to my Mac quickly and easily; Ubuntu requires downloading an installer script that runs for a long time as it has to do many jobs (download, check, install dependancies, compile/build the driver, generate an installable package and finally install), but worked flawlessly. Build quality is the good general quality I have learnt to expect from their business products (used many HP servers and other equipment over the years).
I’ve yet to test the scan/copy features as I have very little need for them.
I need to order some photo paper and a stock of ink as a lot of family photos to print !
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I am Nick Rhodes, generally use the name/handle of NGRhodes around the internet, see keybase.io/ngrhodes for my verified accounts. I have been working in the computer industry since 1999, in various roles and duties as a Developer and Engineer – see my LinkedIn profile for more details .
My current role is the Lead Service Operations Engineer for Sky Betting and Gaming.
I live in West Yorkshire in the UK and a family (Wife and 3 young Children) love spending as much time as I can with them. In-between work and family life I enjoy quite a common set of interest, Movies, Music, health and fitness and technology.
This is my personal WordPress blog, so won’t be a focused niche blog, but will cover a range of topics based on my everyday life.
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I decided to start this blog because I spend a lot of time learning, researching and discovering (spare time and in my job) and would like to share my knowledge and experiences, I love to help people and solve problems.