• Above average printing speeds
  • Small footprint


  • Average photos on plain paper

At A Glance

Model has a small footprint and is easy to maintain, but it is comparatively expensive. Supports PCL and PostScript.

Manufacturer’s Description

The HP LaserJet 3800n's instant-on fuser produces the first page of each print job in less than 12.5 seconds. Thanks to a 533MHz processor and 160MB of RAM (expandable to 544MB), the 3800n accommodates the demands of your personal or shared printing needs. This translates into high quality black and white text printing at 600 by 600 dpi resolution. It delivers consistently clear, sharp print quality that will impress your clients and customers.

Manufacturer’s Website

The Specs

Part Number Q5982A#ABA
Operating System Compatibility
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 26649024542
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection 802.11b


PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Very Good
Print quality: Color photo Fair
Print quality: Grayscale photo Very Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 21.5   ppm
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 13.59
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 14.72
Color Output Quality Good
Output Score, Color Photo, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Best) Fair
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 19.29
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 33.23
Output Score, Line Art, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-LineArt-Default) Good
Output Score, Color Graphics, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Default) Good
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 36.34
Output Score, Text, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Text-Default) Very Good
Sports Action Shot (secs) 34.28
One-Page Webpage (secs) 13.66
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 3.1
Tested Photo Speed (formerly pf-PCWPhotoSpeed) 2.4
Output Score, Grayscale Graphics, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Grayscale-Best) Very Good
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 18.43
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 1.8
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 4.4
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 3.9
Line Art Output Quality Good