HP Photosmart 7520 Review: Worth The Upgrade?

by Sarah Meyer Reads (20,450)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Increased print speeds
    • Improved print quality
    • Family friendly features
  • Cons

    • Ink costs
    • HP Photo Creations
    • Multi-scan missing

Quick Take

If you are looking for a new all-in-one, the Photosmart 7520 offers a reasonable initial cost, family features, a compact footprint and reliable devices.


If you haven’t heard of the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer, I wouldn’t be surprised. I hadn’t heard of the Photosmart 7520 until HP reached out and asked if I’d like to review it. For whatever reason, it wasn’t included in HP’s spring launch when they announced the Photosmart 5520 or any subsequent product announcement (as far as I know).

So I was excited to check out the Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One to see how it differs from our review of the previous generation Photosmart 7510 introduced last year. Is there any difference between the two models and would an upgrade be worthwhile?  Read on to find out!

Build and Design

As far as looks are concerned, the Photosmart 7520 gets an “A” in my book. I love the sleek, black design with the large touchscreen. The 4.33-inch color touch screen so resembles a handheld mobile device that I actually tried to take it off its perch. Of course, that wasn’t possible, but you can adjust it to the preferable viewing angle.

The Photosmart 7520’s dimensions are nearly identical to the Photosmart 7510 coming in at approximately 18 x 18 x 9 inches in non use. With the output tray extended, the dimensions are closer to 18 x 22 x 9 inches.

The Photosmart 7520 offers a variety of paper handling options including the 25-sheet automatic document feeder, 20-sheet dedicated photo tray and 125-sheet input tray. The ADF is hidden discreetly on top of the scan flatbed and even when folded out doesn’t add much height to the device. The two paper trays are found on the front of the machine and are fitted inside so that the user will lift the lid up to add paper.

Along with the web applications available on the control panel, customers can print and scan directly from the Photosmart 7520 with the built-in memory card reader and front side USB port.

To access the five individual ink cartridges, you’ll simply lift up under the power button. The Photosmart 7520 takes the standard capacity 564 cartridges or the high capacity 564 XL cartridges.

You’ll find all the connections and access to the paper path on the back of the Photosmart 7520. Both Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi are available.


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