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HP Deskjet 3915 – User-friendly and Affordable

The HP Deskjet 3915 is promoted by HP as being the perfect machine for taking care of all your little home printing necessities. It’s designed to provide a basic range of functions for an affordable price – which it does well. However, its reliability leaves a lot to be desired. Learn more about the pros and cons of this product before you make a decision on whether or not to purchase it.

Top Features of the Deskjet 3915

Because it’s designed to be a machine for the average home user, HP has tried to make this machine as user-friendly as possible. The control panel is simple and intuitive, and the machine can be set up and installed quickly and easily.

The machine is quite compact and is intended for use both for creating documents and printing photos. However, the quality of the photos it produces can’t replace lab prints.

The machine is also capable of printing relatively large photos, up to 8.5 inches by 11 inches. This is handy if you dabble in photography and want to try your hand at printing some larger photos, however the quality may not be up to scratch if you’re a serious amateur photographer.

Downsides of the Deskjet 3915

The printer is not particularly fast, only being capable of 14 pages per minute in black and white and a mere 10 pages per minute in color – but then again, if you’re looking at the bargain end of the market this may not be an issue for you.

Be prepared for a high cost of ownership with this machine. It not only chews through ink quickly, but the ink it requires is quite expensive. It typically won’t function correctly with cheaper alternate inks, so if you buy the machine you’re making a commitment to buying expensive ink. Not only does this mean spending money, it also means the hassle of regularly having to change the ink cartridges.

Consumer Response to the HP Deskjet 3915

One problem that has popped up with this machine, which is common in HP printers, is a paper feeding malfunction. Problems tend to revolve around the printer either not feeding paper through, feeding it through on an angle or feeding multiple pages at once. All these problems, of course, ultimately lead to a ruined print.

Another major complaint about this printer is how much ink the machine uses, and the cost of replacement ink. Attempting to use non-standard ink can result in poor print quality.

If you’re planning to use this machine to print onto envelopes, you should also be wary. Many users have complained that jams are particularly common when printing envelopes.

Another common complaint about this machine is the lack of a USB cable, so if USB connectivity is an important part of your plans for the machine you’ll have to be prepared to buy one separately.

On the plus side, if you get a machine that doesn’t experience any malfunctions or problems, the unit delivers good value for most basic printing needs.

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