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HP Photosmart 7520 review

Photo-orientated multifunction printer

Our Verdict

For

  • Superb, fast photo printing
  • Great text output
  • Good overall build quality
  • Web and mobile printing options

Against

  • No second A4 tray
  • Some build issues
  • Slight banding on default-quality images
  • No Ethernet connectivity

Although part of HP's image-orientated Photosmart range, the HP 7520 is a very capable home office all-in-one printer. It has fax facilities alongside the expected printing, scanning and photocopying.

There's a 25-sheet document feeder for the scanner, a meaty 125-sheet paper tray and a 20-sheet tray for photo paper (up to 5 x 7 inches). It can both print and scan in Duplex too.

On the downside, there's no second A4 (US letter) sized paper tray and the scanner lid has fixed hinges so they can't stretch to accommodate thicker materials.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

But even so, the multifunction printer is comfortably good enough to service a home or small office. Is the distinction between HP's Officejet and Photosmart printer ranges becoming blurred?

The HP Photosmart 7520 connects to your network through Wi-Fi or directly through USB; there's no Ethernet option. HP ePrint enables you to email documents to your printer from internet-connected smartphones, tablets and computers, and it's AirPrint-capable for printing from Apple devices.

Wireless direct printing enables you to make a Wi-Fi connection without a network, and it's also Google Cloud Print-ready. Its inkjet system uses five tanks: cyan, magenta, yellow and black, with a second black tank with pigment ink for high-quality text printing.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

The HP Photosmart 7520 is easy to set up and use. Its 10.9cm (4.29-inch) colour touchscreen puts all its functions at your fingertips, and you can view video guides for maintenance tasks such as clearing a paper jam or replacing spent ink cartridges.

Wi-Fi set-up is simple too - you'll be connected to your network in no time. The touchscreen is very responsive, but not so twitchy that you will press buttons by accident simply by brushing against them.

Unfortunately, it can be fickle when scrolling through the row of downloaded print applications atop the screen, but its basic function buttons work well.

HP Photosmart 7520 review

Overall build quality is very good. It's solid and robust, with meaty paper trays and a solid ADF for the scanner. It has a couple of weak points, though. The hinges for the scanner lid don't stretch or telescope for when scanning something thick and meaty, which is a surprising oversight considering how much effort has been made in bringing small-office features to the printer.

Also, the catch tray that holds your printouts is little more than a sliver of plastic that has to be manually extended before printing.

The HP Photosmart 7520 is priced £179/US$149.99/AU$269, putting it in the same sort of price bracket as the HP Officejet 150 Mobile, Canon Pixma MG6350 and Brother MFC-J4510DW.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed16 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity145 sheets
USBYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ppm)10
ISO Mono Print Speed (ppm)14
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)14
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)10
Product FamilyPhotosmart
ISO Mono Copy Speed (cpm)7.5
ISO Color Copy Speed (cpm)7
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, C6 Envelope, DL Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, 300 mm x 100 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 216 mm x 297 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle1250 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, REACH
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution600 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity145 sheets
Wireless Print TechnologyApple AirPrint
Country of OriginChina
Height220 mm
Width454 mm
Depth455 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Brochure Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Envelope, Label, Greeting Card, Transparency, Borderless Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Model7520
Product NamePhotosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer
Product LinePhotosmart
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberCZ045B#BEV
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Enjoy HP's premier home printing experience. Print photos, copy and scan, fax and access web content via the large colour touchscreen, or print from virtually anywhere - at home or on the go - with wireless and mobile printing.

The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One is ideal for home users wanting a premier home printing experience with lab-quality photos and the versatility of advanced paper handling, scan-to-email, fax and mobile/wireless printing.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Photo Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Reference Guide
  • Power Supply
  • Power Cord
  • Phone Cord
  • Two-Sided Printing Accessory
  • Limited Warranty1 Year
    Standard Memory128 MB
    Transmission Speed4 sec/page
    Weight (Approximate)8.61 kg