HP Photosmart 7520 Wireless All-in-One Printer

Last year, HP had its one-of-a-kind all-in-one (AIO) printer set out on the market in the name of Photosmart 7510, which featured an extra feature to make it more than what it is expected to: an e-Fax feature. That said, the usual print-scan-copy AIO concept was broadened, but the limits of the eFax may had been restricted to a few limits. Anyway, HP recognizes the bigger need to bring back the Fax feature back, and with its new 7520 model, HP gave the Photosmart series a brand new face with better features for $50 more. Available now for around $149 for the cheapest, the Photosmart 7520 is what we have today on our desk.

The said price may be cheap or just enough, but with all the added features plus a robust build, you’d sure love to learn what this AIO can do for you and your home or business. The HP Photosmart 7520 has a very distinct, out-of-modernity design, and I said this because the AIO printer has a unique body architecture that makes it hardly compact even in plain sight. Bodied in a black plastic body measuring 17.9×17.7×7.7inches, the HP Photosmart 7520 is relatively big hungry for a sturdy table in an area with less traffic. Thankfully, being wireless in almost all features, the Photosmart 7520 only has one cord to be bothered for: a power; though you can use a USB port to connect to your PC, you’d better opt for its wireless feature instead which is a lot more convenient. Unless you’re very persistent of the hard wires, the Photosmart 7520’s lack of an Ethernet port should not bother you.

The HP Photosmart 7520 features an input paper tray that does not require any extra space to its front, which is expected for such a bulky appliance. Capable of but only 125 sheets at a time, the Photosmart 7520 at least compensates this average paper load with an extra tray for holding 4×6 or 5×7 photo papers. Above the tray, we now have the output area (not tray because it is not a tray in the strictest sense) for the print jobs. I am actually a bit frustrated to learn that despite having its own document feeder, the output area can only accommodate up to 50 sheets at a time—a limit not really pleasing especially to fast productive environments.

Above the output area, the HP Photosmart 7520 features its very unique touch-display that measures 4.33 inches diagonally. The touch display has a lovely reproduction of colors, though pixels aren’t that really gorgeous for text, which is ironic. However, the display is cased in a smartphone-like panel that allows users to view from a selected tilt angle, and also sports smartphone-like backlit buttons. The Photosmart 7520’s display is more like a resistive type than a capacitive one; though it avoids accidentally presses, it may at least annoy some who have been overly familiar with iPhones or other smartphones which offer a smooth and easy capacitive display.

Above the display is the 8.5×11.67-inch scanbed, which has its own feeder as said. The scanbed is quite small for legal-sized papers, however, with the aid of a touch-screen display, the Photosmart 7520 makes scanning and copying a lot easier; thanks also to the printer’s auto-duplexing feature which makes two-sided jobs a lot easier though it takes two turns. Lastly, the printer also supports direct printing from removable drives and memory cards, and can even use these media for direct storage from scanning just in case users would prefer them over HP’s cloud and wireless printing features. At the back of the printer, aside from a USB port, the Photosmart 7520 also has a direct phone port wherein you can plug the phone line included in the package.

The HP Photosmart 7520 in its own way is a solid performer with a more-than-average printing speed and output quality. Though the results for photos are a bit cooler at least to my eyes, printing a 4×6 in this amiable quality took just a little time of just around 15-17 seconds; thanks also to the features combo like auto-duplexing and feeding, plus an extra photo paper tray to make the jobs a lot more ‘hands-free.’ Though some have claimed the Photosmart 7520 can be costly in ink consumption, I really don’t think that much since all I knew is that the extra-capacity cartridge will only cost $18 for the colored ones.

Ultimately, being wireless in feature, the HP Photosmart 7520 supports Wi-Fi direct from smart devices wherein they could print on this printer even without an established network. Like any other wireless printers now, the Photosmart 7520 also supports ePrinting like remote printing through a unique e-mail address, plus printing from within a network area. HP supports multiple apps on its friendly interface, and some of them are offered free directly from their website. If you are keen to having a full-fledged fax machine that comes in a robust printing body offering almost complete features, then the HP Photosmart 7520 is the right one for you.

HP Photosmart 7520 Wireless All-in-One Printer Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 250.00

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