Over the last few months, I’ve been working with HP on their #ReinventMemories campaign, which is all about transforming digital moments into tangible memories. I’ve already written about capturing and remembering these special memories from Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, so now comes the turn of actually reviewing the kit we’ve been using – namely the new HP ENVY Photo 7830 Wireless All-In-One Printer and HP Instant Ink subscription service. Below you’ll find my reviews of both:
The products are described as:
HP ENVY Photo 7830 Wireless All-In-One Printer – Designed to quickly handle all household printing tasks with the HP ENVY Photo 7830 wireless all-in-one printer. With capability to print, fax, scan, copy and produce high quality photos, the HP ENVY 7830 printer is ideal for busy family life. Produce authentic colours, and set up, connect, and print right from your mobile device, saving you time and effort. Simply insert an SD or USB card to view, edit, and print photos quickly. You can also scan and share your document and photos to email or the cloud from your smartphone.
HP Instant Ink – Never run out of ink again with HP’s ground-breaking ink replacement service. Designed to help customers save money and time, the service automatically delivers HP Original Ink cartridges to your doorstep when your printer is running low. With monthly plans from free (when you’re printing less than 15 pages a month), to just £7.99 (if you’re printing over 300 pages a month), Instant Ink can save you up to 70% on ink costs annually.
The HP ENVY Photo 7830 Wireless All-In-One Printer came safely packaged in a box with everything I needed to get it working. This included the actual printer, two ink cartridges, cables and various instruction booklets. My first impressions were good – it was a solid bit of kit and was nice enough to look at, however it was pretty sizeable.
The physical setup of the printer took very little time. I needed to insert the power cable into the back and then plug the other end into the wall, then install the two cartridges which are located under the scanner glass section which lifts up. I then loaded HP photo paper (4″x 6″) into the photo tray and regular A4 paper into the paper tray, prior to turning it on with the power button on the front.
The thing that took the most time was the next step – connecting to WiFi, downloading the correct software, setting it up and registering for the various services. I didn’t experience any problems during this process, but it probably took 20 or so minutes to complete. Once connected to my home WiFi (via the printer touchscreen), I switched to desktop and followed the setup wizard – this talked me through the configuration of everything in a step-by-step way. This included subscription to the HP Instant Ink subscription service which I go into more detail about below.
I’ve been using the printer for the last few months and really like it. It’s got plenty of features and I’ve found it to be very reliable. Printers can often be a hassle when they decide they don’t want to work for whatever reason, but I’ve had none of this with the HP ENVY Photo 7830 Wireless All-In-One Printer – it’s done what I’ve wanted, when I’ve wanted. It’s also a definite upgrade from our old HP printer which we’ve had for the last 10 or so years.
It’s difficult to know where to start because of all the features. It may be a printer by name, but it does way more than that – it’s like you have the capabilities of the office in your home. It not only prints, faxes, scans and photocopies, but allows you to do even smarter things, such as scanning a document to email or printing a photo directly from Facebook. It really takes very little time to get the job done, which is obviously great from productivity and reliability perspectives.
Controlling the printer can be done in a number of ways – it depends a bit as to what you want to do and where you’re located. If you’re by the printer, then the colour touchscreen on the front of the printer can be used. With just a few touches of your finger, you’re able to do all of the basic things like printing and scanning. I’ve found the menu to be intuitive and easy to understand, although it can be a little fiddly as it’s not huge – for instance, entering an email address when scanning to email requires fingertip precision.
There’s also the HP Smart app, which I use both on my Android smartphone and Windows 10 desktop. The app is great, basically giving you the ability to do anything from anywhere as it connects wirelessly to the printer – I don’t think I’ll ever tire of being able to print something upstairs when I’m sat on the sofa downstairs! Here’s a few screenshots from the phone app.
I’ve found the app very intuitive to use, with clear options as to what you’re able to do and a step-by-step walk through of the option you’ve selected. From here, you’re able to do things like select which paper tray to print from, select the number of copies, adjust the print area etc. I’ve struggled at times with the latter – a few times I’ve changed the print area of a photo, but it’s not quite printed how it looks on the app, e.g. cutting off part of a head.
When it comes to simply printing, you can also use HP ePrint. This allows you to email an attachment to your printer for it to be added to the queue and then printed. I didn’t have to do any special setup for this to work, I only needed to know the printer email address, which I’d changed from the default to something more memorable. You just then need to stick the email address into the To field, type something into the Subject field, attach what you want to print, then click Send.
I particularly like the separate trays for normal paper and photo paper. This saves any hassle because both sets of paper are already loaded, then you just select the one you want to use when printing. There’s also paper-width guides within both trays which allow you to change what medium you’re printing on. As we’ve printed a lot of photos recently, this has been really handy.
Whilst I mention photos, let me pick up on print quality. I’ve been both happy and impressed with the photos that we’ve printed. Photos have been sharp, colour has been bright and there’s been no issues like smudging. I think there’s a tendency to think that ordering photos online or going to the high street will result in better quality photos, but I’m more than happy with the results of printing these myself at home.
As well as printing, I’ve used the scanner quite regularly. Again, this is simple to use – namely lifting up the lid to reveal the scanner glass, putting the thing you want scanned face down, then either using the app or front display. As we use Dropbox for the majority of our files and photos, the option to scan directly to Dropbox has been useful. Similarly, scanning to email has meant that I can send something – e.g. a signed document – directly to the person I want. All of this helps to save a bit of time and make you more productive.
Other useful features include a SD slot and USB slot. As you’d expect, you can also play around in the settings to manage power (sleep mode, schedule on/off etc), enable quiet mode or a whole host of other things. I’d also guess that there’s features on the printer that I’m yet to discover! All in all, I’m massively enjoying the HP Envy Photo Printer and can see it playing an important role in the home for years to come.
HP Instant Ink
It goes without saying that a fundamental part of getting a printer to print is the ink. Up until now, I just used to buy ink when I needed it – usually when I was trying to print something and found that I’d run out of ink! I’d then have to wait a few days for it to arrive and find an alternative way of printing in the meantime – usually asking the missus to do it at work.
HP are changing the way that we order ink cartridges though with their HP Instant Ink replacement subscription service. Basically, you sign up for a plan, your ink usage is monitored and when it’s running low, HP will send new HP Original Ink cartridges to your door – thus meaning you’ll save time, money and never run out of ink.
I signed up to HP Instant Ink when I set up the printer – a free trial came with the printer. As our printer usage is low, we’re currently on the ‘Light Printing’ plan. This is free and allows us to print up to 15 pages per month, with a cost of £1 per 10 pages above this. There’s also three other plans – Occasional Printing, Moderate Printing and Frequent Printing – with the top plan costing £7.99 each month for up to 300 pages. Instant Ink also gives you the options of rolling over unused pages.
Cleverly, there’s also an HP Instant Ink dashboard you can login to which gives you information like how many pages you’ve printed, what’s happening with your ink order and various other bits and bobs. I’ve found it useful having all of this info in one place and it allows me to keep up to date with my status.
As we’re light users, we’ve only had one ink cartridge delivery so far. This was posted directly to us without me having to do anything – the printer just communicated with HP and sent me out some ink so that I already have some new cartridges available when the current ones run out. I also received email updates telling me that they were to be sent out and once they’d been shipped.
The HP Instant Ink service took me a while to get my head around, but I’m all for it now. Although I’m used to having other things sent to us automatically on a regular basis (food boxes, beer subscription etc), tracking how many pages you’ve printed and how much ink you have was a new concept for me. I particularly like how I literally have to do nothing – no checking the ink levels myself, no deciding what ink to buy, no downtime of having no ink etc. Everything is automated to remove hassle and ensure I always have ink ready to use with the printer.
The HP ENVY Photo 7830 Wireless All-in-One Printer retails at £150, however is currently on offer at a number of places for £100. A quick Google suggests that this is on the more expensive side compared to other all-in-one printers, however I’d have no qualms in paying that having seen how well it performs.
When it comes to Instant Ink, as mentioned, there are four different plans depending on what you’re looking for. These range from free for 15 pages per month up to £7.99 for 300 pages per month. Again, for the hassle and time saving, I wouldn’t mind paying a few quid enough for the service, however I’m not sure whether the amount of printing we do warrants anything above the free plan at the moment.
I’ve been really impressed with the HP ENVY Photo 7830 Wireless All-in-One Printer. It’s a marked improvement on our old printer and provides a huge range of features that make working from home much easier. This not only includes the likes of printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing, but also other things like printing photos directly from Facebook, scanning documents directly to Dropbox or even scanning and sending via email. Along with two paper trays for different sized paper, WiFi connectivity, ease of use and the HP Smart App allowing you to print directly from your phone, then I have everything I need in one bit of kit.
Going one step further, we’re also enjoying the HP Instant Ink service which links to the printer. With this subscription service, I’m sent ink cartridges when I’m running low on ink to save time, hassle and money. It also ensures I always have a pair of ink cartridges at home as backup so that I’m never without ink.
The DADventurer Star Rating
HP ENVY Photo 7830 Printer – 4.5 out of 5 stars
HP Instant Ink – 5 out of 5
Disclosure: This is a commissioned post in collaboration with HP. We were sent the printer and have a 6-month Instant Ink subscription with the purpose of writing an honest review about the products.