All-in-one printers can be seen at every retailer out there, whether brick and mortar or online. There is however a standout in the HP Photosmart 7520 eAll-in-one Printer. Without further adieu, it is time to tell you why it is a standout.
I got a hold of this earlier this month. It was the first HP I had gotten to review. I have reviewed many other manufacturers of all-in-one printers, as well as stand-alone printers, and high end photo only printers.
Unboxing and setup were a breeze. Within 7.5 minutes, it was on my network and ready to go to work. To start though, there is an old wives tale about HP that needs to be debunked. It comes with what are called setup cartridges. They are HP 564. Well rumor has it that they only print a few pages. Well I have had it for 2 weeks now and have printed the 4x6 color prints and close to 25 pages. The ink is still 7/8ths full. So take that peanut gallery. The one thing you won’t get with it is a USB printing cable if you want a direct connect. So get one if you do.
It was tested with a Windows 8.1 desktop, a MacBook Air running OSx Mavericks and an iPhone 4 running iOS 7.x. On each platform, the software downloaded and was installed without incident. The tests included;
- General Paper Printing
- General inbound and outbound faxing
- Photo Printing up to 8x10 on glossy paper
- ePrinting from iOS devices
- Web apps
Also their included creative suite, HP Photo Creations was tested with general photo printing as well as adding creative touches including our holiday card this year.
To start, I want to you learn about the one feature that ONLY HP has, and no other manufacturer (at time of writing); Web Apps. At the HP E Print Center not only can you harness your creative genius, but you can also peruse full selection of apps that can be customized to print on a schedule that YOU select. Some of the more popular apps available are;
- NY Times Digest
- Comics (Garfield, Dilbert, etc)
- Weekly prints from Google Calendars
- TV Guides
- Many more..
To access them, all you have to do is sign up. It’s FREE. Personally, I have a weekly printout from my Google calendar as well as TV listings starting Friday night through Sunday night. It is automatic, so I don’t have to worry about printing a thing.
In terms of general printing, whether it be color or black and white, whether is an auto print from a web app or from a pc/mac based app, clarity and speed were perfect. No complaints whatsoever.
Photo printing tests ran the gamut from 4x6 and 5x7 to letter sized glossy and matte papers. The pictures tested, came from my portfolio (Seen Here and Here) and cover a variety of subjects and genres. All prints were done from the HP Photo Creations app.
The first print I did was from this picture. I did it on 4x6 glossy paper. Glossy does not even scratch the surface when it comes to describing the output. A more suitable name would simply be OMG paper, as it popped as if I was snapping the picture again. Then, I went up to 5x7 and letter sized glossy papers. For this, I chose two pics which were “The Old Stone Church” in West Boylston MA, and Broad Meadow Brook in Barre MA. Thanks to the width of the paper, the prints had the focus of the starting and ending points. The color was spot on.
I repeated the above tests but with matte finished papers. Again, each picture came out as if I had it professionally printed. Oh wait, I did, it was professionally printed thanks to HP.
ePrinting was just as successful. I installed the apps on my iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. I was able to print any doc, picture or pdf right from the palm of my hand. Also, once setup, the printer had an email address that I could send any document to and it would be ready when I got home.
Lastly was the fax setup. Again, flawless. Inbound and outbound transmissions went off without a hitch. The software walks you through the setup, so all you have to do is have a fax number. You can get a true line or do as I did and connect it to an Ooma box.
This printer is priced just right (under $200) for the home or home office user. It is also perfect for the budding graphic artist or photographer. It comes with all you need to be creative and harness the skills you never knew you had.