January 14, 2013
- Affordable initial cost & ink
- Wireless ePrint capabilities
- Built-in duplexing
- Very good output quality
- Scanner lid hinge does not float
- No automatic document feeder
The HP Photosmart 5520 is an inexpensive multifunction printer that offers built-in duplexing, a touch panel and ePrint capabilities. It also provides reliable and good looking output but it lacks an automatic document feeder and the scanner lid hinge does not float to accomodate thicker items.
The design of the HP Photosmart 5520 is in line with the rest of HP's latest offerings. It has a glossy black plastic exterior with a 2.7-inch color LCD touch screen on the front. The buttons on the front include Wi-Fi, ePrint and Power. The navigational buttons are contextually lit only when needed. Also on the front side is a dual SD Card and Memory Stick card reader for photo printing.
The 5520 uses a four-cartridge ink system (HP 564 cartridges). The four are the usual cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Regular size cartridges cost $10 for the three colors and $12 for the black. There are XL high-yield cartridges for about $8-10 more per cartridge, but your yield is more than doubled. For the money, this printer is definitely cost-friendly.
Getting the printer setup is extremely easy. We decided to connect the 5520 to our wireless network. Entering our network's WPA passkey was very easy to do using the on-screen touch keyboard. Once it was setup, we setup the printer's ePrint capabilities. HP allows you to setup a unique e-mail address for your printer, so you can print to it from any device with e-mail capabilities. You can also print from iOS and Android devices using built-in AirPrint and ePrint capabilities.
An 80-sheet input tray lies at the bottom of the unit. There is no automatic document feeder from the rear, which would have been a nice addition. The printer's output exits above the input and falls onto the input tray. It's a nice design that helps to keep things compact, but to add paper, you have to first remove any output first. There is also built-in duplexing, which lets you automatically print on both sides of the paper.
The HP Photosmart 5520's scanner can accomodate up to A4/letter size documents. The lid's hinge does not float, which means it's difficult to scan books or other thick items.
The printer's output was of good to very good quality ratings in subjective testing. Photos printed with good color accuracy with only a tad bit of lightness to them. Text printed with crisp, clear lines. Scans were also rated as very good.
The printer's speed was a little slower than average. Black full page text prints came out at about 8.5-pages per minute and 3 x 5-inch photos printed at around 4-pages per minute.
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