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HP - ENVY 4520 Wireless All-In-One Instant Ink Ready Printer - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid budget printer

    Posted
    SosaLaFlare
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    Been using this for almost a week and I have had nothing but a positive experience. Set up was a breeze, I opted to download the software from HP's website rather than use the included disk and had no issues. I cannot speak on the wireless functions of this printer as I connect to it via usb to avoid any connectivity issues; however I can say the usb connection has been flawless. The small form factor of this printer and its low price point are a definite plus. Print quality is good considering how inexpensive this printer is, text and scans look fine to me. The software is easy to use and the touchscreen on the printer itself has been working fine. It's not the most responsive touch screen ever but it definitely gets the job done. I do have a few gripes however, the first being that this printer does not come with a usb cable so be prepared to purchase one separately if you plan on connecting via usb. Second, but obvious, is ink is expensive for this printer. You should also be prepared to have a pop up window appear every time you print trying to get you to sign up for the instant ink program. Overall a good printer for light home use or student use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer but....

    Posted
    DesignGnome
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    I have had this printer for almost 2 weeks and love it. It's compact, fast and communicates with my laptops, iphone and ipad. That's why I purchased it.. The BUT.. is that HP has a new ink delivery system you can use with this printer. You register for "instant ink" and the printer communicates with HP and you receive ink cartridges before you run out. Great concept! Except for the fact that the monthly payment plans are according to pages printed. This is a completely flawed system. Not all pages use the same amount of ink. After I accidentally printed an improperly formated excel spreadsheet.. I was notified that I exceeded my monthly printed sheet limit. That I would be charged more for an additional 30 sheets or I should upgrade my plan.. which meant more money per month. They claim you can save quite a bit of money per year but I'm not going to be a hostage to paying HP every month because my printer spits out a few sheets with one line of text on it. They can claim I'm going to save money but I don't want to find that after 6 months I have spent way more then if I ordered ink online myself. I can definitely see this happening. So I cancelled my subscription.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It does what I need and more as a student

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    TeamFingolfin
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    My previous 3-in-1 printer was on the outs and I had no other choice to pony up on a new one. My local store didn't have the printer I came to buy. After a quick google search and a talk with a Best Buy representative I settled with this one and I have not regretted it. My use of it so far is limited to five pages at a time, maybe two or three times a week and it excels at it. I have it set up on WiFi and I have not had significant problems with it but it is only a few feet from my router - so I can not testify to the range of the WiFi. I have problems with this printer but they are minor. If my printer sits in sleep mode up to a week's time or more often my computer won't recognize it on my network despite me waking up my printer. Turning the printer off then turning it back on will solve this. I check the printer's settings and it is definitely on my WiFi network but my computer doesn't see it. I can't help but wonder if I had it plugged directly into my computer I wouldn't have this problem. Another small but worthy con to mention is that printing is a bit slow. I just timed it while writing this review and it took 15 seconds for one full page of black print; however, I have felt before that it took much longer than this. Maybe I was only in a rush at that time (then compounded by having to turn it off then turn it on).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent printer for the price

    Posted
    ElsiePrinter
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    My $200 printer died. I will never pay that much again for a printer. I looked up online before I headed to the store to see what was available and in a decent price range. This printer fit the specs I was looking for. Set-up was very simple. I did not use the CD for set-up, I went directly to the website and got all the latest updates and software. I read the reviews about the envelopes printing crooked. They might be slightly crooked but to me, that is no big deal. I also read reviews about the pictures printer with a white border on 3 sides. You need to go in and adjust your settings on the picture program you are using. Once I did that, they printed out great. Overall, I am very happy with the printer. One other review that I read that the printer would keep losing the wi-fi connection. I have yet to have that issue. My printer is on one floor and my router is on another. I would definitely buy another one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice little machine

    Posted
    FLCPA
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    Bought it to work with my notebook, while on an extended visit with my grandchildren. (I leave a multi-function machine in my children's basement to use when I travel to Chicago area from FL.) Did everything I asked it to without a hitch. Downloaded drivers, installed them without a hitch. Immediately started printing and scanning (with Foxit PDF). Easily printed envelopes. Good little light duty machine.. Doesn't take up a lot of space. No paper jams. Good print quality. Would be fine for anyone needing a light duty multi-function printer that doesn't take up a lot of space. .The only reason, I didn't give it 5 stars was I only printed approximately 300 pages and scanned about 100 pages in 3 week period and then packed it up for the next trip. I don't know how it would be if you printed 500-600 pages a month. Only downside, essentially limited to scanning 8.5 x 12 sheets. Doesn't scan legal sized paper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    problems w/HP envy 4560 printer

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    marcymoodyhelfrichbringen
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    It takes numerous times to shut down the printer. It keeps trying to go into sleep mode. I have to turn it on and off several times to get it to accept my pushing the 'shut down' button to work.. I had to change the black ink cartridge and the printer advised I had a damaged or counterfeit cartridge. It was NOT. I pressed ok and it went about its business. The cartridge was purchased at Best Buy, sealed in the package w/in a package along with the color cartridge. No problem with the color cartridge Then it told me I needed an alignment and that the ink was low - it wasn't and it took two tries for the alignment to complete. Then it wanted to scan the alignment page and it couldn't complete that function. It's very confusing and exceptionally touchy. More difficult than anticipated. But I DID finally get my page printed. Question below "yes" with explanation and hesitation

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome printer

    Posted
    Rocko

    Replacing a 10 year old hp printer that still worked but wasn’t wireless and able to work with my smart phone. And for just a little more than the price of ink I was able to get the new envy printer. I got it home and because I live in rural America an the only internet I have is on my phone which is why I choose this printer with Bluetooth. But without internet it took awhile to set my laptop up to print from this printer only using the set up disk printer came from not real bad but about a half hour for some reason it didn’t want to load everything on my computer. Setting up my phone to wireless print was very fast less than 5 minutes. I printed several things and they cane out with good quality and printed fairly quickly in my opinion seeings how I was using an ancient printer. All an all I’m liking this printer so far it’s not big and bulky and seems to print very nice. I still think that ink replacement is going to be pretty high you can almost get a new printer for the cost of new ink but I only print less than 50 copies a year so shouldn’t be a big concern.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Meets my needs

    Posted
    itasara
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    I already have an Envy printer 5540 on our lower-level, but I wanted one upstairs so I decided to buy this other one. It does the job; it does what I want. It's a little slower than the other one I have but it's not a problem. I may join instant ink program for it to begin with, but I may want one printer that is not part of the Ink program, but I will decide later. I like this program but for a while I had an extra person in the house and it was getting a little more than I wanted to pay ( Even if I went up to the next level and especially when taxes are included which bumps up the price.) I have the initial card for my ink order which I will send in when my current Ink is getting closer to being used up,and then I'll decide after that to either stay in the ink program or not. I don't use that printer all that much but I'm not sure I want to be counting pages anymore for two printers either. But I'll see. It is definitely a convenience which I like, but I'm not sure how much money it's really save me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good low cost InkJet printer for personal use

    Posted
    Siva
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    Quick and simple setup. This printer does everything I was looking for (scans, prints both sides, prints in color & is wireless). printer itself is "Save 50 % off ink with HP instant ink." A three month free trial is included if you sign up during set up. I attempted to take advantage of this during set up, and I was connected to the internet. I love that it orders the ink for me automatically. AirPrint compatibility is great at this price point. Print quality is very good. The only negative I can see is the paper catcher which is just a super thin stick that swings out . I can see this getting broken off easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality, easy printing

    Posted
    TMARIE
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    I bought this printer to go with my new laptop. It was very easy to set up and make the wireless connection. I like the read-out screen on the front. The prompts are simple to follow. I was impressed with the printables - being able to receive weekly recipes, crosswords, coloring pages, and much more. I don't know if I will use this feature, but it is nice to have. I was a little disappointed with the size of the printer; it was bigger than my old one and I was hoping to get one that was a little smaller. To go smaller, however, meant going cheaper in quality. Once I got the printer home it did fit all right in my office. The one feature I do NOT like is that every time I print something I get a pop-up asking me if I want to join the ink program to get automatic ink for a monthly fee. It is very annoying, especially since I am not interested in the program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HP-Envy 4520

    Posted
    Deanabear
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    Another throw-away printer when it eventually breaks, and it will, since it has plenty of plastic parts. so don't try to pull out a paper jam backwards. That's how the plastic gears break. Does what it reports to be, which is an all-in-one that prints, copies, and scans. Use the Disk to set it up, if possible, since the Internet download doesn't give you everything for total setup. Printer cable not included, if you don't what a wireless hookup. They make the money on the ink, so it is up to you whether you buy into their ink subscription program. The paper is hidden inside the machine, so you have to look to see if you're low. The best that I can say, is that it is cheap to buy and works well for normal home use. Takes #63 XL ink cartridges, which are not cheap, so I print mostly in draft mode.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, But Not Great

    Posted
    ISeeNow

    After owning a disposable Epson printer, any printer is exceptional! I bought this HP as a Christmas present from family. It works as promised. However, this printer still has its setbacks. 1st, the paper loading tray is difficult to pull out and push back in all the way. I have the printer on a smooth flat desk surface, but it still feels like I am going to break it. The tray and pull-out flap thing is made from what feels like very flimsy cheap plastic. I am treating it very gingerly so as to prevent breaking my new printer. 2nd, the printer practically shakes my entire desk when printing. I have a solid oak desk. The noise level is normal, as is the print speed. I really like the "smart" alignment, where you no longer have to manually enter the numbered boxes when aligning the print heads. It scans the paper and does it for you. Nice. So far so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good printer

    Posted
    tennisbum68
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    Several years ago I bought a wireless printer thinking I could get rid of my other printer and our two computers could access the one wireless printer that would be hooked up to my home wireless network. That did not happen the networking was impossible. Well, with this printer finally my vision has been realized. This printer was easy and relatively quick to install and it works great with my desktop, our laptop, our two tablets, and our phones!!! Heaven!!! :-) It prints fast and provides clear text. I have not printed any graphics yet so don't know about that. Prints both side of the paper easily and has generally been a pleasure to own. The one caveat is that it does not seem to do well on pictures. I have not really given it much of a try but the few pictures we have tried to print have been a bit fuzzy. It may have been poor quality pictures but I'm not sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome deal

    Posted
    iTzSoLjAh
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    I've used the printer maybe 3 times since purchase, but each print was great. You can wireless print over wifi and even from your phone. The big thing that I like though is the ink program. I got a free six month trial, plus an additional 3 months as a black Friday promotional deal. So that's nine months on the program at no cost! Basically the program charges you a set amount every month and counts the number of pages you print per month. You have a limit (mine is 50 pages), and if you go over it, you can purchase additional pages. You can roll over unused pages as well! The printer also keeps track of when you're running low on ink, and automatically sends you new cartridges when you need them. This is part of the price you pay per month, but the savings are really great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Cheap Printer

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    Deanabear
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    My other printer died because a plastic gear broke off its plastic peg and wouldn't feed the paper. I tried to get the same printer since I had a stock of ink cartridges but they don't make them anymore and a refurbished 3520 cost as much as this 4520. The problem is that it takes different ink cartridges. It has the capacity to use XL cartridges but they give you smaller start up size ones with the unit and so I also had to buy a set of XL's which cost more than the printer. Set up is fairly normal, but use the CD that comes with it, and not their web site for the drivers, if you want to link it to wi-fi. It works ok, but I hope this one lasts longer than the other one, but that's a BIG hope for a machine with plastic gears!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful!

    Posted
    Diane
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    This is a great printer but with one caveat. If you are a Comcast or Xfinity customer and use their router, you may not be able to print via air print. To get around this HP has included a Print Direct option. You can also purchase an Apple router to get around the in adequate Comcast router problem. HP has made wonderful all in one printer. The printer it's self works wonderfully. I wasted a lot of time on the phone with both Apple and HP trying to figure out the problem with air print . I had the same problem with competitors of HP, that being Epson and Brother printers. Finally a wise customer service representative from HP let me know what the problem was with Comcast routers. The people at Best Buy confirmed this. Enjoy this printer but be aware of the Comcast router problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall very good and easy to use

    Posted
    Lucky19
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    I have two main complaints: 1- the tri-color cartridge seems to get depleted of ink sooner than I expected (less than 4 weeks after I bought it. 2- when I tried to replace it, I could not find any instructions in the manual or the CD that came with it regarding that except a few graphs showing how to get to it, and when I finally got to take the old one out and tried to put the new one in, it would not lock into place and position like the black one next to it. Stranger yet, I closed the lid and got instructions on the screen to test the alignment and, contrary to my expectations, it passed the test and started printing colors as if everything is normal. Go figure!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good home multi function printer

    Posted
    sabbysab
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    So this HP - ENVY 4520 Wireless All-In-One Instant Ink Ready Printer has been a great buy so far. The initial setup was a bit confusing and tedious but once connected there haven't been any connectivity issues. The copies come out pretty clear for a middle of the line printer that was moderately priced and printing from the internet or even a cell phone (as long as you connect the phone to the printer) was simple. I haven't made enough copies to see how long the ink lasts but I want to say that you can get a good amount of printing done before the need to replace the ink. If you intend on printing hundred's upon hundred's of pages then I wouldn't advise to get this model...probably a more robust one would work better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked out of the box with a Mac running Yosemite

    Posted
    GeooeG
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    I purchased this printer for my father-in-law to replace an Epson that had the frustrating tendency to run out of ink while printing very little. The on-line reviews had focused on the HP subscription ink program and had some negative views on that. When we hooked the printer up to my father-in-law's iMac, it worked without loading any print drivers from the HP driver CD and did not asked or pester us about joining the subscription program. My father-in-law only prints/copies once in a blue moon, so it appears this printer is a better fit with purchased print cartridges rather than the subscription. (The verdict is still out about how long the ink will stay valid in the cartridges between prints, but it is already better than the Epson.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good printer for very reasonable price.

    Posted
    Keith
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    After reviewing a number of printers online and their positive reviews, I went to Best Buy with another printer in mind, committed to that printer. I was assisted by an HP Rep and he talked me into this printer for the multi-use and very basic simplicity I was looking for. I'm not one to open my space to sales people but this gentleman was very professional and non-aggressive, gave me options, space to think about my purchase and answered all my questions very satisfactorily. I even paid a few dollars more than the printer I committed to originally. So, I am very happy with this printer for the very basic needs I had in mind and the mobility I was looking for. Not to large, multi-functional and reasonably easy to bring with me where ever I go.

    I would recommend this to a friend