HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-In-One

  • Easy to install and use
  • Outstanding print quality
  • Extra color cartridge for photos
  • No Ethernet connection
  • Small paper tray capacity
  • Plenty of owner complaints
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Bottom line

The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One is an all-round multifunction printer that's suitable for home use or in small-business settings. Performance is terrific in most tests, especially when it comes to producing high-quality photos. But -- as with most HP printers -- owner reviews are mixed.

Ease of use

Wi-Fi a must for web features. The 4.33-inch color touch screen is the hub of the user interface and has a well-organized icon-based menu from which users can access all the Photosmart 7520's features. Setup is straightforward. The Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One has some interesting web-based features, but those can only be accessed via Wi-Fi as the printer lacks an Ethernet connection -- an omission that irks some reviewers. You can also hook up the printer directly to a computer via USB.

Plenty of owners get great results from this printer. But a hefty minority says it's terrible: We found lots of complaints that the printer guzzles ink, breaks down, and HP customer service is horrendous.


High quality at better than average speeds. In tests by professional reviewers, the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer produced output at better-than-average speeds. While not blazingly fast, it was faster than some of the slower color laser printers. Scans and copy speeds are also above average for this type of printer.

Although all output from the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One is at the top-end of the inkjet printer range, this multifunction printer (MFP) really excels when printing photos. Testers at PC World, using the high-quality photo setting, found that their photos had "an elegantly cool color palette and excellent detail, even in dark areas." Monochrome graphics and text are sharp at the lowest print quality settings and "nearly laser-like" at the top settings.


Photo-centric home and office features. The HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer has a wide range of features that enable it to work well in both home and small-business environments. This MFP has the basic multifunction features of print, scan, copy and fax. The auto-duplex feature is also useful, although at just 125 sheets, the main paper tray supports only light printing without needing constant refilling.

The Photosmart 7520 also comes with HP's web-based apps. HP ePrint lets you email documents for printing directly from mobile or other devices. AirPrint (for printing from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch over Wi-Fi) is also supported. Although wireless printing works fine for most owners, we found lots of complaints from owners who say it's buggy or just won't work.

The Photosmart 7520 supports photo printing in several ways. A separate photo paper tray holds up to 20 sheets of up to 5-by-7-inch photo paper. There are five ink cartridges, rather than the usual four. The extra color is a photo black, used on photos in addition to the standard matte black ink.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors here test 74 all-in-one printers, including the HP Photosmart 7520. Each printer gets a dozen subratings (for quality, ink use, etc.) and an overall score. Seventy subscribers have reviewed the HP Photosmart 7520 here, too.

Review: HP Photosmart 7520, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. PCMag.com

M. David Stone states that the pluses of the HP Photosmart 7520 multifunction printer are its high-quality output, its Wi-Fi capability and its large selection of features. However, he says that the printer is limited by low paper capacity and lack of Ethernet connectivity.

Review: HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One, M. David Stone, Nov. 13, 2012

3. PC World

Jon L. Jacobi says the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer is a well-rounded MFP with good speed and all the features necessary for a small office. He finds the touch-screen control panel "marvelously easy to use," and says the output quality is among the best that he's seen.

Review: Review: HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer Is a Fast Home Machine With Great Output Quality, Jon L. Jacobi, Oct. 5, 2012

4. PC Advisor

This U.K. site calls the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer a "well-rounded machine for a busy home or small office." Robin Morris says that the 7520 "doesn't stint on speed," and says that even the lowest quality mode of output is usable.

Review: HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Review, Robin Morris, Oct. 10, 2012

5. Amazon.com

Owners give the HP Photosmart 7520 very mixed reviews. Most of the 370-plus reviewers like it, but plenty downgrade it to just 1 star with the same complaints seen elsewhere (wastes ink, won't work wirelessly, terrible customer service, etc.).

Review: HP Photosmart 7520 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

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