The first printers HP launched in its Envy range were expensive, lifestyle all-in-ones majoring as much on their looks as their printing abilities. Since then HP has widened the range and the Envy 5530 costs less than £80 and would be more at home in a home office than a living room.
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With its black case disrupted only by a silvered front panel, the Envy 5530 doesn’t shout and has a neat footprint when not in use. To get it ready for printing, you need to pull down the front panel and swivel out a paper support, with a flip-over paper stop at its end. It’s a shame you can’t close the printer with A4 paper loaded.
The control panel is a 67mm touchscreen with dedicated touch buttons down either side. The surface is a little squashy, if you’re used to glass-faced mobile screens, but it does its job and is reasonably sensitive.
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The single-sheet flatbed scanner has a light, rigid lid, but the hinges don’t extend, making scanning of magazines and books awkward. Below the control panel is a single socket for an SD card.
Lift the whole scanner section and you can clip in the twin ink cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour. It’s a bit more fiddly to slot them into their holders than on some earlier printers, perhaps because of the low-profile design of the Envy 5530.
Software is partly the driver and apps like Photo Creations and HP Scan, but there are also others you can download including HP Printables, once you’re registered with HP Connected.