Cheap Multifunction Printer: HP Deskjet 3630 Tested

White and Blue: In the HP Deskjet 3630 multifunction printer, HP wants to score in design. The test shows what else is noticeable.

HP provides the Deskjet 3630 in a white case with blue paper tray in. Variations such as the Deskjet 3633 or Deskjet 3634 are available in white or with a blue remote control panel and scanbed. In the case is the same technology. All of the Deskjet 3630 series are designed for entry level printing, scanning, copying and no interest in a fax. In addition, all models are participating in the HP Instant Ink ink supply program to reduce printing and copying costs.



HP Deskjet 3630

Quality (40%)


Speed ​​(20%)


Handling (15%)


Features (15%)


Service (10%)


Appreciation / depreciation

-0.25 (HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint, Wi-Fi Direct, App, Mopria)


Satisfactory (3,00)

Price-performance ratio

very cheap

HP meets the Deskjet 3630 exactly what you can expect for the device price. Although the multifunction printer works in a leisurely working environment, it proves to be a reliable partner. For high throughput, the multifunction printer is not suitable for printing, scanning or copying. Even if you do not care about the tempo, the site prices are too high. The terrain of the HP Deskjet 3630 is the occasional use at home.


+ Real switch

+ Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct


– high side rates

– Scandeckel not liftable

Consumption – high side rates

The centerpiece of the HP Deskjet 3630 is the printing unit, which works with combination cartridges series 302nd Here, cartridge and print head form a unit. With every change of cartridges you get not only new ink, but also a new print head. This benefits print quality, but is at the expense of consumption. The reason: If the tri-color cartridge indicates that a color is blank, this does not automatically apply to the other two colors. If in doubt, you are forced to discard ink to keep the unit working properly.

In the case of the HP Deskjet 3630, there are, in addition to the standard cartridges, XL variants with a higher range. But even with this we calculate a high page price especially for the black and white side with 5.4 cent. The color page comes to 7.8 cents – also there are cheaper alternatives. The HP Deskjet 3630’s power consumption is low. How we measure in sleep mode 0.9 watts, regardless of whether the device via USB or Wi-Fi is activated. There is a real switch – this is not a matter of course for multifunction printers of this price class.


HP Deskjet 3630

Power consumption: Off / Sleep mode / Operation

0.0 / 0.9 / 10.0 watts

Side cost: black and white / color

5.4 / 7.8 cents per side

High quality – high ink coverage

When printing from the HP Deskjet 3630, it is noticeable that the color coverage is high even when printing in the normal mode. This is at the expense of ink consumption. The letter sharpness is correct, the color is harmonious, the colors themselves fall warm, although somewhat dark. Our test copies correspond exactly to the templates – that’s good. However, the Scandeckel can not be raised, which can lead to problems with copies of books or staples, since the original does not lie flat on the glass pane. The scans have a very good sharpness for the device class. Except for a slightly strong red range, the colors of the testcans naturally fall out.

Equipment – limited to what is necessary

The HP Deskjet 3630 multifunction printer is tailored to the entry level. As connections he brings USB and WLAN. There is Wi-Fi Direct for connecting directly to the device without a router. The combination printer Mopria (Android), Apple Airprint (iOS) and the HP ePrint, which is produced by the company, are capable of mobile printing standards.Printing the front and back of a sheet (duplex) can only print the machine manually. Also, the capacity of the single paper feed is somewhat narrow with 60 sheets. After all, the Deskjet 3630 pulls the paper from the rear and thus also processes thicker media. The data sheet gives 300 grams per square meter as maximum strength. With just 25 sheets, the paper tray is lean. The operating menu provides a font display that shows the number of copies. A maximum of five copies is possible – which is comparatively little. In addition, there are only buttons marked with symbols – including separate buttons for black-and-white and color copies.


HP Deskjet 3630 (Rating: 4.71)


USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n


Flat bed scanner, font display, borderless printing


HP Photo Creations, HP Update, HP Help


Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac OS

Faxing without PC possible


Speed – no hurry, but reliable

The HP Deskjet 3630 can be done with any task. It remains in the printing of ten text pages with 55 seconds just under one minute, but for the same number of colored PDF pages with 4:48 minutes comparatively long. As usual with HP, a scan preview takes almost as long as the final color scan. This is however rather a question of soft, because of the hardware. After all, the device works reliably in every discipline.