HP Photosmart 7520 Review: Worth The Upgrade?

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  • 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
  • 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.

The HP Photosmart 7520 is HP\’s all-in-one follow up to the previous model, HP Photosmart 7510. Priced at $199 at the time of the review, it sports print speeds of 14 pages per minute in black and 10 ppm in color. It\’s also equipped with a 4.33-inch color touchscreen, a built-in memory card reader with a front side USB, 25 sheet automatic document feeder, 20 sheet photo tray and 125 sheet input tray among other features.

\"HPThe HP Photosmart is nearly the exact same size as the Photosmart 7510 at 18 x 18 x 9-inches in non-use and 18 x 22 x 9-inches with the output tray extended, but PrinterComparison was impressed with the sleek black design and functionality of the touchscreen. The printer has five easily accessible ink cartridges and takes the standard capacity 564 as well as high capacity 564 XL cartridges.

PC found the set-up process to be brief and easy to follow, but noted that first time HP users will need to register for an account. The printer includes additional scan, fax and photo software. PC found the scanning software to be basic but adequate for the average user, but was unimpressed with the photo software noting the focus on out-of-home projects users have to pay for rather than the \”print from home\” process.  PC also remarked that it was \”not as intuitive as the photo software could/should be for consumers.\” The Photosmart 7520 comes equipped with ePrint technology and 20 preloaded apps from the ePrint center, which users can add, delete or rearrange.

PC was able to print 296 pages on the included five ink cartridges with a 3:1 ratio of black and white to color pages and found the print quality to be good for black and white pages. PC noted an average quality in color prints on copy paper, but found that print quality improved with higher quality paper. PC also found the photo printing to be quick at an average of 30 seconds for a 4×6 print and noted improved quality over the Photosmart 7510. PC did not experience any paper jams or misfeeds during the review process.

Reviewers at PC noted the Photosmart 7520 to be a slight step-up from its predecessor, the Photosmart 7510, but didn\’t find enough improvements to recommend an upgrade for users who already own the 7510 model. Overall, PC found the HP Photosmart 7520 to be a quality, reliable printer set at a reasonable price for users looking for a new all-in-one machine.


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  1. Paulette

    I traded in a C310a for a 7520 in Feb. It is good for printing documents but has given me trouble with scanning photos to my HP Pavilion desktop. Has anyone else had this happen to them?