I needed a wireless printer to make life a tad easier and I bought an HP Deskjet 3050. It’s RRP is £100 but I paid half price at £55. The one thing I did not take into account was that although I thought I wanted a basic printer, I didn’t!

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So let me start with the Pros:-

  • Prints Fast
  • You can make copies
  • You can scan
  • It has wireless
  • It is easy to set up
  • You can get 2 sizes of inks – Black 190 or 480 / Colour 165 or 330 pages per cartridge
  • You only need 2 sets of ink – a black and a colour cartridge
  • Inks are cheap costing between £10-£15 each
  • You can get compatible inks for HP
  • Printing from pc to printer is decent quality


  • It does not do borderless printing, which I think is important for photos
  • You cannot properly centre the photos so the border is uneven
  • The quality of a copied photo is miserable
  • There is no preview pane
  • You do not have quality choices for scanning or copying


If you want cheap and good prints except for “photo” copies and are ok with bordered photos, then it is a good printer… otherwise sorry you need to spend a tad more!