The HP Deskjet D2330 is a great printer if you just need a workhorse and you’re on a tight budget. The reason I purchased this printer was because I needed something cheap and it came bundled with a color cartridge. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with Hewlett-Packard. So far it has lived up to my expectations, but it certainly has not superceded them.
This printer is made for quick and simple connections. It connected to my eMac and was fully functional in about 5 minutes. It works for both Mac and PC, so you can switch it between operating systems if necessary. One note- you will need to supply your own USB cord. It’s still a cheap printer, so if you have one laying around it’s worth it.
The print quality is actually pretty good. I really appreciated that it was bundled with the cartridges it needed. It handles everything from text to bitmap pretty well. It does struggle with special kinds of paper, such as resume paper, but this can be solved if you give the documents time to dry after they print so they do not smudge. The images it produces are crisp and clear, and even when it is running out of ink it will still give you something that is at least legible until the cartridge is dry.
The downsides to this printer are the same as you’d expect from any cheap printer. It is easy to jam, and the paper tray can’t handle much. It’s easily “confused” by complicated print jobs, and sometimes you will have to turn the power off and on to get it going again. And, of course, it is not very sturdily constructed. It’ll be fine sitting on your desk, but you risk breaking it if you move it.
Overall, it’s a nice cheap printer that does what you would expect it to do- and nothing more. It’ll handle your documents fine. Just don’t expect miracles.