HP Photosmart 7520 Review

The HP Photosmart 7520 (starting at $125, Amazon) is a bit pricier than a typical budget printer. It's designed to fall somewhere between a home printer and a small-business/home-office printer. In an HP Photosmart 7520 review at PC Mag, an expert praises the printer's overall features and abilities, which include a fax machine. A large, 4.33-inch touchscreen makes the interface easy to use. PC Mag tested the printer's speed at 3.7 pages per minute when printing business documents and only 1 minute, 7 seconds when printing a 4 x 6 photo, which the reviewer considers fast. The text quality is excellent, according to this HP Photosmart 7520 review, and photos look better than prints from a drugstore. The printer can also scan to and print from memory cards, another nice feature.

A CNET expert who reviewed this printer was impressed with the large color touchscreen. An automatic document feeder is another plus, although it holds only 25 sheets, which isn't enough for heavy workloads. This reviewer found that copies and scans show crisp, dark text, but copies of photos appear just a little blurry. In CNET's testing, text printed with the HP Photosmart 7520 appeared dark and sharp, and the color in photos was quite accurate.

In draft mode, the HP Photosmart 7520 can print up to 34 pages per minute of black text and 33 ppm in color, according to the specs, and up to 99 pages in one job. The maximum print resolution in color is 9,600 x 2,400 dots per inch. The HP Photosmart 7520 has five inkwells, including one black ink cartridge just for photos. The printer supports remote printing through Apple AirPrint and HP's ePrint. It can also use SD and MS Duo memory cards. The 125-sheet input tray is a little larger than that of most budget printers, and the machine includes a 20-sheet photo-paper input tray, along with the 25-sheet automatic document feeder. The HP Photosmart 7520 has an auto-duplexing feature for printing on both sides of the paper and prints standard sizes as well as more unusual paper sizes. Unlike many cheap all-in-one printers, this model includes a fax machine. The fax processes four pages per second and can store up to 101 pages and up to 99 fax numbers in its memory. Users can connect to the HP Photosmart 7520 using a USB port or a Wi-Fi connection, although this machine lacks an Ethernet port.

The HP Photosmart 7520 is a fine home printer with enough chops to double as an office printer. The lack of an Ethernet port is a bit disappointing at this price, but the other features and overall performance and output make up for that.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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