HP’s DeskJet 3070A multifunction printer doesn’t make a great initial impression. Its grey plastic breadbin shape and greyscale LCD display are reminiscent of designs from the 1990s.

Its paper handling is also rather crude. There’s no separate output tray, so your printed documents are get spat out on top of the main paper input tray. We were also surprised to find that inserting smaller postcard paper involves pushing your fingers quite deep inside the printer.

Fortunately, things picked up once we started to actually use the DeskJet 3070A. Like most printers, the 3070A can print a test page to help you check the print quality. However, it can also scan its own test page in order to detect any problems and calibrate itself automatically.

It has wireless connectivity for your home network, but HP’s ePrint feature also allows you to print documents by emailing them to the 3070A from any computer or other mobile device anywhere in the world that has internet and email access.

We were impressed by its printing performance too. Text output was smooth and sharp, and the 3070A turned out black and white text documents at a healthy eight pages per minute. HP’s black ink cartridges cost less than £10, which results in a competitive 3.6p per page for black and white printing, so it’s a good choice for home workers who regularly need to print multi-page mono text documents.

Colour text-and-graphics documents were a little slower at 4ppm, but that still gives it an edge over most of its rivals in this group. Printing costs were about average at about 12p per page for colour. The DeskJet 3070A uses separate cartridges for all four ink colours, so you only need to replace individual cartridges as they run out. HP also sells larger ‘XL’ cartridges that help to reduce printing costs further.

The Deskjet 3070A also performs well when printing photos, taking less than 30 seconds to print a 4x6in postcard. We discovered slight banding issues when printing photos on plain paper, but the results on glossy photo paper were much better, with bright colours that were only marginally oversaturated. 

HP DeskJet 3070A: Specs

  • Colour Inkjet 1200x600 dpi USB Speed: Mono 8ppm Colour 4ppm 4x6" photo 28s 80 sheet paper tray 146 x 436 x 325 mm 5 Kg
  • Colour Inkjet 1200x600 dpi USB Speed: Mono 8ppm Colour 4ppm 4x6" photo 28s 80 sheet paper tray 146 x 436 x 325 mm 5 Kg

OUR VERDICT

The DeskJet 3070A isn’t a high-volume printer, but its combination of speed, quality and price makes it a good choice for home users who need an efficient printer for daily use, with the additional option of good photo prints when required.

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