• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Type: HP Thermal InkJet
  • Max Paper Size: A4
  • Max Paper Count: 60-sheet input tray, 25-sheet output tray
  • Scanner: Yes (1200dpi and scan size of 216 x 297mm)
  • Connectivity: 1x USB2.0, WiFi capable.
  • Card Reader: No
  • Dimensions: 438 x 553.5 x 256.6mm
  • Weight: 4.19kg
  • Pros:
  • Price
  • Wireless
  • HP Direct
  • Cons:
  • Build quality

Printer On A Budget

Laser printers have seen a growing trend among home and office users because of their ease of use, longer life cycle and number of pages printed from a single cartridge. However, laser printers are quite expensive for a good one, so it is pretty much out of a student’s reach. So going back to inkjet based printers Hewlett Packard (HP) has been in the printer business for a while now and knows what people need.

In comes the HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3635, don’t be jarred by the fancy name because this all-in-one printer is budget friendly. What makes this budget friendly printer great is that it sports wireless capabilities so you can have the printer in another room and still be able to print, which comes useful if you’re sharing it with family or roommates. The wireless function works well and is easy to setup, so you’ll be printing in no time.

Another great feature is HP Direct Technology, which allows you to connect a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop directly to the printer using HP’s All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app. In doing so, you can print documents straight from your mobile device which is convenient if you need to either print out a website or recipe real quick. Not only that, the printer has a scanner for you to scan prints into your PC.

The black ink cartridges will last you up to about 400-480 pages whilst the tri-colour ink cartridges between 100-150 pages, with each cartridge setting you back about RM30-40. Putting it to the test, we threw in some prints we had lying about into the scanner. Scanning took a few seconds to complete and within moments the print was replicated. Colour reproduction is decent but not excellent, not that we’re complaining.

We didn’t run into any major problems during our test period but we did realise the build quality felt quite finicky but nothing serious to be concerned of, since we can’t expect the best materials at this price point. So if you’re a student that prints frequently or sharing a printer with a family, the HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3635 is a great choice when you’re on a tight budget.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you plan to print a large amount of papers there are much better options and maybe you should consider saving up a bit more for a laser printer, but if you’re in need of a printer for regular printing of photos or documents look no further.

(previously published in issue November 2015)

HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3635