HP Photosmart 7520
Hewlett Packard, www8.hp.com/au
Mediocre photo prints; crippled cloud features
HP’s Photosmart 7520 falls short on both photo quality and cloud features.
This is a five- colour inkjet A4 multi-function printer, copier, scanner and fax, also letting you fax directly from your Mac. There’s a 25-page Automatic Document Feeder along with a 125-sheet paper tray and separate photo paper tray (but no disc printing).
It supports automatic double-sided printing, although double-sided scanning requires the HP desktop software. The rear duplexing extension sticks out to give this HP the biggest footprint of this bunch.
Only USB and Wi-Fi connectivity are on offer, including Wi-Fi Direct for people without a home network. The lack of Ethernet might make you nervous if your home is prone to wireless interference. You can email documents straight to the printer, and scan to email, plus there’s support for AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and HP’s iOS apps (printing/scanning).
The 4.3in display lets you preview shots via USB, SD/MMC or MS Duo, as well as tap into a wide a range of cloud content. The ability to store and print forms could be handy, but printing news bulletins, craft pages, colouring sheets and crosswords seems gimmicky.
The HP ePrint cloud services are impressive, but this entry-level HP printer won’t let you install business-focused apps such as Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and Box. It’s an infuriating artificial restriction, although you can still scan to and print from these services via HP’s iOS apps.
As for photo prints, the HP’s results on its own glossy photo paper are acceptable but a tad flat and murky compared to the Canon and Epson. It will do the job for quick prints and school assignments, but budding photographers with an eye for detail might be underwhelmed.
HP’s Photosmart 7520 has potential as an all- rounder, if you’re not too demanding, but the cloud features are frustrating and you’re sacrificing photo print quality.