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HP Photosmart 7520
  • HP Photosmart 7520
  • HP Photosmart 7520 - Controls
  • HP Photosmart 7520 - Open
  • HP Photosmart 7520 - Cartridges
  • HP Photosmart 7520 - Feature Table
  • HP Photosmart 7520 - Print Speeds and Costs


Our Score:



  • Twin paper trays
  • Low-profile ADF
  • 5 inks, including photo black


  • Duplex pages reduced in size
  • Slow duplex print
  • No PictBridge

Key Features

  • ePrint, AirPrint and Direct Print
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Automatic photo tray
  • Apps direct to printer
  • Fax functions
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £129.00

What is the HP Photosmart 7520?

HP’s range of Photosmart printers is aimed at the home user who wants to print photos as well as plain paper documents. The Photosmart 7520 has an eye on the home office, too, with built-in fax and an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF).

HP Photosmart 7520 - Design and Features

HP printers look like few others, with a consciously multi-layer look to their slabby styling, but the design remains contemporary and if anything aids the usability of the machine.

HP Photosmart 7520

The low-profile, 25-sheet ADF has a flip-over cover, which then becomes a feed tray. Below this, to the left, is a large, 109mm touchscreen, looking like a smartphone laid on its side. The screen is bright and clear, showing apps and icons for the printer’s main functions.

HP Photosmart 7520 - Controls

The touch screen is responsive and, though not multi-touch, is adequate for all the functions needed in the printer. Menu scroll bars are a little thin and fiddly, though.

There are two paper trays: a 125-sheet plain paper one, which is loaded by lifting and removing the 20-sheet photo tray set into its lid. The photo tray is engaged automatically when photos are printed and can take photo blanks up to 18 x 13cm. At least, it can take HP 10 x 13cm blanks, which are actually 7 x 5in. True 18 x 13cm paper is a tight fit and some brands might not feed.

HP Photosmart 7520 - Connections and Cartridges

In the extended lip around the bottom of the case are a dual-format SD and MemoryStick card slot and one for USB drives. The USB socket doesn’t support PictBridge, which is a shame for anybody with a PictBridge camera.

At the back is a USB socket for a PC and two phone sockets for phone line and extension handset. Most customers will probably choose wireless connection, though, as this gives access to ePrint, HP’s remote printing technology, and AirPrint, for Mac and iOS owners. There’s Wireless Direct Printing, too.

There are five ink cartridges, which slide into view when you hinge up the scanner section of the machine. These include a second photo black, as well as the oversize pigmented black for text print.


September 20, 2013, 8:08 pm

The printer uses too much ink for home usage. If you print a small volume, say 10 pages a week. This printer will use $100 of ink every two months. Apparently, when the printer is idle for a while, it will flush the print head on the next print job. It will exhaust a set of XL cartridges in two months.


November 25, 2013, 4:33 pm

I have bought a Photosmart 7520. After printing approximately 200 pages the paper feed mechanism stopped working. HP has determined that it is a mechanical problem. Being covered under their warranty, HP has offered to replace my new (and defective) printer with a refurbished one. THIS IS THE ONLY OPTION AVAILABLE TO ME. Decide for yourself whether you want to buy HP products.


December 21, 2013, 2:08 am

It inexplicably uses the "Photo Black" ink cartridge even if you're printing plain text (meaning zero graphical content, much less photos) in black/white draft mode!


February 19, 2014, 5:39 pm

I am constantly making late night trips to Staples for black ink (even the XL). No warning that the ink is getting low. It just either continues to print with no black ink on the page, or will not print at all until the ink is replaced. This has caused me far too much frustration while in the middle of a project ...... I used to like HP ....... uugghh! Not worth it.

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