Comparing HP OfficeJet 5255 and HP OfficeJet 3830

Is the price difference of $19 worth it?

It depends on what you need from a Inkjet Printer. We'll break it down for you.
Comparison summary:
Advantages of HP OfficeJet 5255:
  • It supports double-side printing, but HP OfficeJet 3830 does not.
  • It prints faster in black-and-white
  • It prints faster in color
Advantages of HP OfficeJet 3830:
  • It is $19.90 cheaper
  • It takes less time to print the first page in black
Alright, now let's go into details.
5 differences we consider important:
  • HP OfficeJet 5255 supports double-side printing, but HP OfficeJet 3830 does not.
    Automatic duplex printing (also known as two-sided printing) refers to a printer's ability to print on both sides of the paper, without having to manually flip it.
  • HP OfficeJet 5255 has a 2.2'' Monochrome Non-touch LCD Display, HP OfficeJet 3830 has a 2.2'' Monochrome Touch LCD Display.
    LCD status displays are very useful. Your printer can tell you if ink is low or paper is jammed.Touchscreen displays give you significant control over your printer, often allowing you to send emails or create PDFs from scanned files.
  • HP OfficeJet 5255 prints faster in black-and-white (10 vs 8 PPM)
    In black-and-white, HP OfficeJet 5255 prints at 10 pages per minute (PPM). HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 8 PPM.
    HP OfficeJet 5255 would take about 10:00 to print 100 pages, HP OfficeJet 3830 would take 12:30.
  • HP OfficeJet 5255 prints faster in color (7 vs 6 PPM)
    In color, HP OfficeJet 5255 prints at 7 pages per minute (PPM). HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 6 PPM.
    HP OfficeJet 5255 would take about 14:17 to print 100 pages, HP OfficeJet 3830 would take 16:40.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 takes less time to print the first page in black (14s vs 16s)
    This initialization is period is called 'First page out' time; it's 16 seconds for HP OfficeJet 5255 and 14 seconds for HP OfficeJet 3830. This makes HP OfficeJet 3830 2 seconds faster at printing first page in black than HP OfficeJet 5255.
12 similarities we think are important to mention:
  • Both printers can print over Wi-Fi
    Printing over Wi-Fi is a very common feature, available even in most budget models.
  • Both printers can print from mobile
    In most cases, if a printer supports wireless printing, it also supports Wi-Fi printing.
  • Both printers have a built-in scanner & copier
    Scan and copy technology have a large hardware overlap. If a printer supports scanning, it will likely support copying.
  • Both printers can scan/copy custom-sized documents (built-in flatbed scanner).
    Flatbed scanners allow scanning documents one by one. Unlike ADF scanners, you can only scan one page at a time. However, flatbed scanners allow you to scan custom-sized documents, like passports, drivers licenses, etc. Flatbed scanners also tend to produce higher quality images.
  • Both printers can scan/copy stacks of documents (built-in ADF).
    ADF, or Automatic Document Feeder allows a printer to scan or copy a stack of pages. This feature is so important that even the cheapest printers try to include it. Technically speaking, ADF is not a feature of the printer - it is a feature of the scanner or copier.
  • Both printers support two-sided scanning (duplex ADF scanner).
    A two-sided (duplex) ADF scanner allows scanning a stack of documents on both sides.
  • Both printers produce the same quality black prints (1200 x 1200 DPI)
    Both printers have a maximum black DPI of 1200 x 1200. What is DPI? In short: the number of dots a printer "draws" per inch. Higher DPI means a higher quality print. It's not the easiest thing to understand, so if print quality is very important to you, we suggest reading an article on DPI.
    • 600 x 600 is more than enough DPI to print any kind of documents.
    • Higher DPI takes more ink to print, draining your cartridge/toner faster.
    • Whenever you see 'DPI', it's actually referring to the 'maximum DPI'. Your printer will often choose to lower the DPI where possible to conserve ink.
  • Both printers produce the same quality color prints (4800 x 1200 DPI)
    Both printers have a maximum color DPI of 4800 x 1200.
    • Unless you are a professional photographer, 1200 x 600 DPI will be fine for printing photos.
  • Both printers are energy star qualified.
    Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. An Energy Star Qualified printer consumes less electricity to operate and is more environmentally friendly.
  • Both printers can scan/copy a stack of up to 35 pages.
    This feature is known as 'ADF Capacity' - it's the maximum number of sheets that you can fit into the ADF paper input tray.
  • Neither printer can send scans to email..
    This refers to the printer's ability to send a scan directly to an email recepient without having to use a computer.
  • Both printers can combine scans into non-searchable PDFs.
    This is a very important feature for those who plan to scan a lot of multi-page documents. A printer will combine the pages into a single PDF file. So instead of receiving a dozen pictures, you get one PDF. Going a step further, certain printers use embedded OCR Software (convert image to text) to create searchable PDFs. This way allows you to do computer wizardry with the resulting scan file, such as copy, paste, search, edit, etc.
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Printing
Print Speed Print speed measures how many pages a printer can print in one minute—in pages per minute, or PPM. This is a manufacturer reported number, so keep in mind that it’s in their best interest to report th ... Show more
Print speed ISO: Up to 10 ppm black, up to 7 ppm color
7 ppm in mono/3.5 ppm in color
Auto-Duplex Printing Duplex printing refers to the printer’s ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, or double-sided. When a printer is auto-duplex capable, it can print double-sided automatically. Manual dupl ... Show more
Yes
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No
Borderless Printing Border-less printing (aka edgeless printing, bleed printing) is an ability to print without no margins. This is most commonly used to print posters and leaflets.
Yes
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Yes
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Print Speed - Black
10 pages per minute
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8 pages per minute
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Print Speed - Color
7 pages per minute
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6 pages per minute
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Resolution Resolution, measured in maximum Dots Per Inch or dpi, indicates the relative quality of the print you receive. The more dpi, the sharper the print and the better the quality. Dots per inch quite liter ... Show more
1200 x 1200 rendered dpi
600 x 300 dpi
Print Resolution (DPI, Black) DPI (dots-per-inch) is the simplest way to measure quality of print. Dots per inch quite literally means the number of dots of ink in one square inch of print area. Higher DPI means better print quali ... Show more
1200 x 1200
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1200 x 1200
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Print Resolution (DPI, Color) When printing in Color, DPI of 600 is good for simple graphics and DPI of 1200 is good for photos.
4800 x 1200
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4800 x 1200
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Duty Cycle Duty cycle measures the maximum number of pages a device can print per month. It can range from 5,000 pages for low end, personal printers to 100,000 or more for high-tech office printers. If you prin ... Show more
1,000 pages
1,000 pages
First Page Out (Black) When printing in black-and-white, how long does it take for printer to print out first page? This number is particularly important when frequently printing small number of pages.
16 seconds
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14 seconds
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First Page Out (Color) When printing in color, how long does it take for printer to print out first page? This number is particularly important when frequently printing small number of pages.
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17 seconds
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Scan, Fax, and Photocopy

The four main functions of printers are: printing, scanning, photocopying, and faxing. Either your device will be print only, print/scan/copy, or an all-in-one printer that does printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Note that scanning and copying almost always come together, since the hardware for these features overlaps significantly. Generally speaking, all-in-one printers are larger, so those with space constraints may find this to be an inconvenience. Additionally, printers with a fax feature are typically more expensive. It would be wise to only consider this feature if you plan to fax often. If not, you’ll be satisfied with a print/scan/copy device.

Scanning Does this printer include a scanner?
Yes
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Yes
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What Kind of Scanner If the printer comes with scanning capabilities, there are two possible methods to scan documents: on a flatbed scanner or through a feeder. A flatbed scanner is a sheet of glass on top of the scanner ... Show more
Flatbed
Both flatbed and feeder
Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) The automatic document feeder, or ADF, is a tray that automatically feeds paper into the printer usually for scanning, copying, and sometimes faxing (if the printer has the fax feature). Once a job is ... Show more
Yes
Yes
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Duplex ADF Scanner A printer with Duplex ADF Scanner allows you to scan both sides of paper without having to manually flip it.
No
No
ADF Capacity Maximum number of pages that can fit into ADF tray for scanning/copying
35
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35
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Flatbed Scanner
Yes
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Yes
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Scan Resolution Measured in DPI (dots per inch). Higher resolution means better scan quality.
1200 x 1200
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1200 x 1200
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Scan to Email Can this printer send scan results to an email?
No
No
Scan to PDF Does this printer allow combining multiple scanned pages into a PDF?
Yes
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Yes
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Scan to Searchable PDF Some printers have embedded OCR software that allows converting scans to searchable PDF documents.
No
No
Scanner Features Do you plan to scan documents, and if so, what do you want to do with your scan? Scan to email allows you to scan a document and email it to yourself or someone else. Scan to image or PDF allows you t ... Show more
  • Flatbed
  • Scan file format: Up to 1200 x 1200
  • Scan up to 1200 dpi
  • Scan size (ADF), maximum: 8.5 x 14 in
  • Scan to PC
  • Flatbed, ADF
  • Resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
Photocopying Can this printer be used as a photocopier?
Yes
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Yes
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Copy Speed (Black) Measured in Pages per Minute
20
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Copy Speed (Color) Measured in Pages per Minute (PPM).
14
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Copy Resolution (Black)
600 x 300
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600 x 300
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Copy Resolution (Color)
600 x 300
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600 x 300
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Faxing Does this printer include the ability to send/receive faxes?
Yes
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Yes
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Color Fax Does the printer allow sending/receiving faxes in color?
Yes
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Yes
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Fax Memory If printer runs out of pages or ink, it will hold received fax messages in memory. This number indicates how many pages printer can hold.
100
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99
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Max Number of Fax Broadcast Locations Some faxes have the ability to send to multiple destinations at the same time. This number indicates maximum number of destinations that a printer can send to simultaneously.
20
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Connectivity
Network Connectivity Network printers can be wired or wireless. A printer with a wired network connection uses an Ethernet cord that connects directly to your router. A wireless printer connects to your home or office Wi- ... Show more
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Yes
Standard (built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n)
Can Print Over Wi-Fi
Yes
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Yes
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Can Connect with an Ethernet Cable Ethernet cable is that long cable you plug in your router.
No
No
Can connect with a USB cable
Yes
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Yes
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Can Print from Mobile
Yes
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Yes
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Supports AirPrint AirPrint allows you to print directly from certain Apple devices, such as an iPhone/iPad.
Yes
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Yes
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Wifi Direct Wi-Fi direct allows your Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet, to connect to your printer without using a wireless router or network. You can connect to your printer dir ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Cable Connectivity Outside of Wi-Fi, there are a number of ways a device can connect to a printer. If the printer is not wireless, you’ll have to connect to your printer via USB cable. Some people prefer using the wired ... Show more
  • USB cable
  • Phone cord
USB Cable
Print from Mobile You may also be able to print directly from your smartphone or tablet through features like AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, or from a brand-specific mobile app like Brother’s iPrint&Scan app. If you ... Show more
Mobile
  • Apple
  • AndroidTM
  • Windows 8
  • Blackberry
Bluetooth Bluetooth is an alternative to Wi-Fi as a way to connect your printer to your computer, phone, or other device wirelessly. Some printers have built-in Bluetooth capabilities, though most printers are ... Show more
No
No
Print Directly from Media Printing directly from media, such as a memory card, USB hard drive, slides, or negatives, allows you to skip the middleman and print documents or images without uploading them to a computer first.   ... Show more
Other
Mobile
Memory card
35mm Film If you are an avid photographer using film cameras, being able to print directly from film is advantageous. Also, being able to upload your film photos to a computer keeps a copy of them safer in the ... Show more
No
No
Optical Drive Print If you are creating a CD or DVD, you likely want to create a customized cover for it. Being able to stick a disc in the drive and have a cover directly on it is useful. However this a fairly niche fea ... Show more
No
No
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LCD

Printers with an LCD screen/display give you the option to control some settings directly on the printer, such as a one-touch print, scan, copy, or fax. You may also be able to adjust print quality, preview the print job, and/or view connection settings. Some screens are programmed to offer setup instructions for easy installation. For those who are not particularly tech savvy, this could be helpful.

LCD Screen Display Does the printer have an LCD display screen to preview the print job and settings?
Yes
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Yes
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Colored Display
No
No
LCD Screen Size If the printer has an LCD screen, what is the size of that screen?
2.2 inches
2.2 inches
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Touch Screen Commands Does the printer feature a touch screen for easy command input?
No
Yes
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Software Platform
Memory Capacity Internal memory, storage, or memory capacity in a printer will all mean the same thing—the amount of print data the printer can store in the print queue. When you send multiple documents to the printe ... Show more
256 MB
512 MB
PictBridge If photos are one of your main print jobs, you may have a camera that is PictBridge compliant. PictBridge is built-in software that allows you to print directly from your camera. The camera is connect ... Show more
No
No
Cartridges
Cartridge Model The ink cartridge for an inkjet printer is the component that contains the ink that is deposited onto the page when printing. Different brands, as well as different printers within each brand, will us ... Show more
E5Z02A HP 63 Black Instant Ink Cartridge (~1000+ pages); E5Z01A HP 63 Tri-color Instant Ink Cartridge (~700+ pages)
HP 63 Black Ink Cartridge (~190 pages) HP 63 Tri-color Ink Cartridge (~165 pages) HP 63XL Black Ink Cartridge (~480 pages) HP 63XL Tri-color Ink Cartridge (~330 pages)
Cartridge Yield Number of pages that can be printed before the ink cartridge runs out
1,000 pages
190 pages
Ink Service An alternative to buying brand new ink cartridges is using an ink refill service, which is much better for the environment. Some brands offer their own ink service, such as Epson Ecotank or HP Instant ... Show more
HP Thermal Inkjet
HP Thermal Inkjet
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Physical Features
Weight

14 lbs
 
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12 lbs
 
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Dimensions
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Portability If you need to print on-the-go, such as at a tradeshow or while traveling, you’ll need a printer that is considered portable. These smaller, typically battery-powered devices are easy to carry and wor ... Show more
No
No
Noise Level How loud a printer can be is measured in the standard sound unit called decibels, or dB. The higher the dB rating, the louder the machine is. Also, the closer you are to the machine, the louder it wil ... Show more
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55 dB
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Paper
Paper Handling Not all printers can handle all sizes of paper. If you plan to print photos, envelopes, labels, or other variations from the typical 8.5x11" letter paper, you’ll need a printer that has settings to su ... Show more
  • 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
  • Letter
  • Legal
  • 4 x 6 in
  • 5 x 7 in
  • 8 x 10 in
  • No. 10 envelopes
Paper Types Not all printers can handle all types of paper. To print with different paper weights and styles, such as glossy photo paper or thicker card stock, your printer must have settings that support that pa ... Show more
Plain Paper; HP Photo Papers; HP Matte Brochure or Professional Paper; HP Matte Presentation Paper; HP Glossy Brochure or Professional Paper; Other Photo Inkjet Papers; Other Matte Inkjet Papers; Other Glossy Inkjet Papers; Plain Paper, Light/Recycled
  • Plain paper
  • Photo paper
  • Brochure paper
  • Envelopes and other specialty inkjet papers
Number of Trays How many paper trays does the printer have?
1
1
Paper Tray Capacity Paper tray capacity indicates the maximum number of sheets of paper that fit in the tray or document feeder. The main tray will likely hold the most paper; the printer may also have one or more backup ... Show more
100 sheets
25 sheets
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Other Info
Details
  • ‘LIMITED TIME OFFER - FREE $5 Instant Ink Prepaid card, ends April 6. 2019. Sign up for HP Instant Ink and NEVER RUN OUT OF INK. This $5 prepaid card will facilitate the setup of an Instant Ink account. Ink, shipping and recycling are all included.
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  • Limited time offer: 4 months of ink free, when you sign up HP instant ink service during printer setup; offer ends 1/11/2020
  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, AirPrint, touchscreen, instant Ink ready so you'll never run out of ink, and more
  • Mobile printing: print from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet with the free HP ePrint app, easily print from your iPhone with AirPrint, Print even without a network using Wireless Direct printing
  • Print laser-quality documents and lab-quality photos from your smartphone or tablet
  • Optional quiet mode helps keep noise to a minimum
  • Choose an INK REPLENISHMENT SERVICE: save up to 50% with HP instant ink or save 10% on all reorders with Amazon Dash Replenishment upon activation; Your printer measures ink levels and places smart reorders when you are running low
  • Designed to fit your life: Save your space with a compact all-in-one Designed to fit on your desk, on a shelf, or anywhere you need it
  • Paper sizes supported: Letter; legal; 4 x 6 in; 5 x 7 in; 8 x 10 in; no 10 envelopes
  • One-year limited hardware warranty; 24-hour, 7 days a week Web support
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Brand
HP
HP
Power Consumption For the energy conscious, or those looking to cut down their power bill, the amount of power your printer consumes may be a concern to you. At different stages, such as in standby mode, while actively ... Show more
  • Up to 14 watts (Printing)
  • 3.75 watts (Ready)
  • 0.89 watts (Sleep)
  • 0.11 watts (Off)
  • 1.17 watts sleep mode
  • 2.83 watts standby mode
  • 10 watts operation mode
Energy Star Qualified Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. If a device is Energy Star qualified, it will consumer less energy to operate and is more environmentally f ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Release Date
1 Apr 2018
12 Oct 2015
Warranty
One-year limited hardware warranty
1-Year Limited Warranty
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Color Mouse over a color for a picture
Black
Black
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
97 / 100
Rank: #9 out of 195.
99 / 100
Rank: #2 out of 195.
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Key features
  • Can print, copy, scan, fax, photo
  • Mobile Printing Capability with wireless direct and local WiFi connectivity
  • 256 MB memory standard
  • Print speed up to 17 ppm

HP OfficeJet 5255 is a very popular option at the bottom of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling inkjet printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP Envy 6255 or Brother MFC-J775DW .

HP OfficeJet 5255 was released last year in April. There are dozens of newer inkjet printers on the market. Show newer Inkjet Printers

HP OfficeJet 5255 is $95.11 cheaper than the average inkjet printer ($175).

Key features
  • Can copy, scan & fax
  • Wireless printing
  • AirPrint
  • Touchscreen
  • Instant Ink enabled
  • Mobile printing
  • Optional quiet mode

HP OfficeJet 3830 is a very popular and one of the cheapest options. It has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP DeskJet 2622 or HP Envy 5055 .

HP OfficeJet 3830 was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer inkjet printers on the market. Show newer Inkjet Printers

HP OfficeJet 3830 is $115.10 less expensive than an average inkjet printer ($175).

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