HP DeskJet 37662 Printer Review

If you are looking for a photo printer, one that is categorized as an ultra-budget and multifunction printer, the HP DeskJet 3762 really is your best choice. Photo printers were small-format devices that could print photos from a PC or Mac connected via USB a decade ago. For quite some time, these were not very popular, yet HP is doing their best to make them a more mainstream choice by allowing consumers to print photos from mobile devices using their brand-new Deskjet 3762.

HP DeskJet 3762 All-in-One Printer

Although HP is to be commended for its printer being so affordable, in this highly competitive market, there are still problems with scanning and printing quality that make it a poor choice by comparison to other ones on the market.

Technical details

Connectivity

Ports: 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0
WiFi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Storage device: Storage devices not supported

Copier settings

Reduce to fit: Don’t support auto-enlarge
Colour copy capability: Yes
Max copies: Up to 9 copies
Copy speed, black (draft, A4) Up to 4 CPM
Copy resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Work specs

Noise: 6.2 B(A) normal mode; 5.5 B(A) quiet mode
Acoustic pressure emissions: 48 dB
Memory: 64 MB Integrated DDR1
Maximum Memory: 64 MB Integrated DDR1
Memory card compatibility: None
Network protocols supported TCP/IP

Paper handling

Input capacity: Up to 60 sheets
Standard input capacity (cards): Up to 20 cards
Standard input capacity (envelopes): Up to 5 envelopes
Output capacity: Up to 25 sheets
Media sizes supported: A4, A6, B5, DL envelope (note: many other media sizes are supported, anything from 76.2 x 127 to 215.9 x 355.6 mm)
Media sizes, custom: 76 x 127 to 216 x 356 mm
Media types: Plain paper, matte brochure papers, glossy brochure papers, photo papers, envelopes, other speciality inkjet papers
Media weight supported
A4: 60 to 90 g/m²; HP envelopes: 75 to 90 g/m²; HP cards: up to 200 g/m²; HP 10 x 15 cm photo paper: up to 300 g/m²
Borderless printing: No
Dimensions
Maximum dimensions (W x D x H): 403 x 451 x 264 mm
Weight: 2.33 kg

Power

Energy savings feature technology
HP Auto-Off Technology
Power supply type: Built-in power supply
Power supply: Input voltage 200 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3Hz)
Power consumption: 0.06 watts (off), 2.2 watts (standby), 0.69 watt (sleep)

Print cartridges

Number of print cartridges: 2 (1 black, 1 tri-colour)
Replacement cartridges: N9K06AE HP 304 Black Original Ink Cartridge (~120 pages); N9K05AE HP 304 Tri-colour Original Ink Cartridge (~100 pages); N9K08AE HP 304XL Black Original Ink Cartridge (~300 pages); N9K07AE HP 304XL Tri-colour Original Ink Cartridge (~300 pages); For ink volume and page yield information, visit http://www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies

Print technology

HP Thermal Inkjet
Duplex printing
Manual (driver support provided)
Print speed black (ISO)
Up to 8 ppm
Print speed colour (ISO)
Up to 5.5 ppm
Print resolution (best)
Up to 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi
Maximum print area: 216 x 355 mm
Monthly duty cycle
Up to 1,000 pages
Print languages
HP PCL 3 GUI
Printer smart software features
Manual Duplex

Scan

Scanner advanced features: None
Scan technology: Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Scan resolution, hardware: Up to 1200 dpi
Levels of grayscale: 256
Bit depth: 24-bit
Maximum ADF scan size: 216 x 355 mm

System requirements

Minimum system requirements for Windows
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7: 32-bit/64-bit, 2 GB available hard disk space, CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection, USB port, Internet Explorer; Windows Vista: 32-bit only, 2 GB available hard disk space, CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection, USB port, Internet Explorer 8; Windows XP SP3 or higher: 32-bit only, any Intel Pentium II, Celeron or 233 MHz compatible processor, 850 MB available hard disk space, CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection, USB port, Internet Explorer 8
Minimum System Requirements for Macintosh
OS X v10.9 Mavericks, OS X v10.10 Yosemite, OS X v10.11 El Capitan; 1 GB available hard disk space; Internet; USB

HP DeskJet 3762 Design and Features

One of the best qualities of the DeskJet 3762 is the blue and white design. It draws inspiration from HP’s Chromebook range of three years ago. Although it’s a good design, it won’t be for those who prefer understated, discreet printers that can be placed in areas where they will not be seen very easily.

The paper feeds are not from most HP printers and go through a pull-up tray at the back to the pull-out tray at the top. This is more like an Epson machine.

It uses a sheet feed scanner instead of a flatbed, the printer is much smaller than a standard desktop all-in-one. The Deskjet 3762 allows you to feed the pages from the front as you would expect, but there is also the optional rear feed tray which can come in handy.

The paper guide is not ideal for scanning. It is too short to ensure that the page is square. This results in copies that are offset as well as a noticeable black mark where the scanner light has gone around the edges of the scanned document.

The control panel is located on the right-hand side of the scanner bar. It has an LCD screen showing the number of copies, as well as various icons that indicate the current settings, as well as the status of the printing that you are doing.

The front cover can be folded down which will reveal the multicolour and black colour cartridges. Both cartridges can be easily replaced and are just as easy to find.

There is only one USB port, which is unfortunately located on its rear, but once it is hooked up to your Wi-Fi network, you will not find this inconvenience to be a problem at all. This allows you to access additional print options. The new HP app is available on both Apple and Android phones. The printer almost instantly will identify the device you are using allows you to print photos within minutes. You can also print onto sticky-backed paper which is what many people prefer, especially when combining multiple photos together.

HP DeskJet 3762 – Print Quality and Speed

This printer is rated at 8.0ppm mono, and for colour, it is rated at 5.5ppm. It was able to complete our 5-page mono text document at 3.8ppm, and a 20-page test at 4.4ppm. These results are only half of the recommended speed. Our five-page text and colour graphics document produced 1.1ppm, and for the throughput, it was only 20%.

When assessing photo and copy print times, this is obviously very slow. A single-page colour copy took 1 minute 21 seconds, and when trying to print a 15x10cm photo took 2 minutes 39 seconds. When using a standard Android phone that can take a photo of this size, while a USB-connected computer takes 4 minutes 22 seconds. Overall, regardless of what we tested, we realize that it was not the fastest printer on the market.

On the other hand, print quality, when you are only using plain paper was very good, but there is some feathering and reverse text. White on black was also problematic. Photos prints are well-coloured, if not extremely crisp, which was good to see. You could also see the high quality in the prints for vivid portraits and also pastel landscapes.

You should consider HP’s Instant Ink subscription. This will bring your monthly printing costs down to just 4p per mono page or colour page, which is also going to include the paper that is used, and this is a good deal compared to most machines in this price range that require colour printing.

Do I need the Deskjet 3762?

It really depends on what you are looking for. It may be the right choice if you only require a small-format printer capable of printing photos, letters, and scanning your monthly bills. Purchasing a conventional flatbed model, perhaps one of the popular all-in-one devices, you could do this for a similar price. It would be simpler to use this instead to print and scan much faster, plus produce prints that are comparable in quality.

The PS60 Kodak Verite55, for instance, has running costs of just 3p per month and 5.9p per colour print. It also includes NFC to connect quickly to mobile devices. Another example is the HP PS45 Envy 4520. This produces very similar results, but the highlight of this machine is the touchscreen control and the ability to do duplex printing.

Verdict

HP has attempted to create a much more efficient all in one printer for the home, but there are better printers on the market right now that you can acquire for a similar price.

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