HP Deskjet 3720 - Mind the Baby

Review: HP DeskJet 3720 printer and Instant Ink

HP launched a new ink cartridge subscription earlier this year to save you the bother of remembering your printer is out of ink and avoiding a trip to the shops.

HP Instant Ink has a little chat with your HP printer to check if you’re running low on ink and, before you even realise it yourself, there’s a nice man with a new cartridge ringing on your doorbell.

I received a shiny  new HP DeskJet 3720 printer together with a year long subscription to HP Instant Ink so that I could try them out and share our family’s experience with you. Here’s my verdict:

The printer – the HP DeskJet 3720

We haven’t had a printer in our house for years because I found that we weren’t getting the use out of it. Usually the ink would run out and then we’d forget about it for months. So having one back in the house was a bit of a novelty.

The HP DeskJet 3720 is so pretty! And it’s nice and neat, so it fits in discretely in a high traffic area of the house so that we can get the best use from it.

Things I loved:

  1. It’s wifi capabilities mean we can print from multiple wi-fi enabled devices without messing around with installing software or other complications
  2. Printing directly from my phone – including straight from my social media channels – is so handy for both photos and documents. Last minute panics about tickets or permission forms were rectified in minutes by a quick email search and print.
  3. Guests were able to print things out from their own devices which turned out to be very useful on more than one occasion.
  4. It’s super quiet
  5. The quality of photo printing is really great. It’s lovely to print out a few snaps when you fancy it, rather than promising yourself you’ll get around to it at some stage.

Minor quibbles

  1. If you’re printing out a document longer than a page from your phone, the printer is depending on your screen to be active. If you have the security self-locking function on your phone, it will stop the print. Not a huge deal but it took me an age to figure out what was going on. So you’re welcome!
  2. While the HP Deskjet 3720 is the easiest home printer I’ve used in a long time, printers be printers so it’s not 100% seamless all the time, but I don’t think any printer is. Otherwise IT support departments would be much smaller!

The subscription – HP Instant Ink

What’s not to like about a service that checks your ink levels for you and sends you cartridges before your old ones run out? It’s a great service, so easy to use and so efficient. They even send you a freepost addressed envelope to return the empty cartridges for recycling, thereby adding to levels of smugness.

I have a monthly subscription of €4.99 per month which includes 100 pages per month with any unused pages carried over. The cost of the ink, the delivery of the cartridges and the recycling are all included in that price. 100 pages is a good number for our family’s needs. Some months we’d have heavy usage if it’s raining and I’ve printed off a few colouring pages or mazes. Others I’ve printed off a handful of holiday snaps. The convenience and the fact that I don’t even have to think/worry about there being ink is the real benefit though. There are €2.99 p/m and €9.99 p/m subscription options too.

If you’ve a busy household (who doesn’t?) and/or you’re fairly lazy and long-fingery like me, then I’d definitely recommend the Instant Ink subscription to maintain your printer in a “ready to go” state for when you need it and to have one job crossed permanently off the list.

Disclosure: As mentioned above, I received the printer and a year long HP Instant Ink subscription for the purposes of review. I did not receive any additional cash payment and all the views in this post are my own.

What do you think?