Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hewlett-Packard Printer Review

HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Series Computer Printer

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I recently upgraded the operating system on my home desktop computer.  As a result, my old printer could no longer 'talk' to my computer, so I needed to purchase a new printer.  I wasn't surprised, as my old printer was 8 years old and was made for operating systems 4 upgrades ago!

After getting my newly revised computer back, I went shopping for a compatible printer, first doing some research online.  I knew I wanted a printer that would do more than print, as I often need to make copies of documents and I do a lot of scanning.  The computer tech who upgraded my computer advised me to first look at the prices of ink cartridges and find a model that was inexpensive, since the ink is the biggest ongoing expense you will have with a printer.

HP Ink Cartridges

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The printer I purchased not only had reasonably priced ink cartridges, but also happened to be made by a company I've been pleased with in the past ~ Hewlett-Packard.  My very first computer printer back in the early 1990s was an HP and I liked it very much.  And, come to find out, not only are the ink cartridges for my new printer less expensive than the model I was using previously, but they print more than TWICE as many pages per cartridge (up to 190 pages) than the others did and the print is very crisp and sharp on the page.  

HP Envy Printer Model 5530

Needless to say, I am VERY pleased with my new HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One (print-copy-scan) computer printer! It has a color control panel on the front you can activate with the touch of a finger (or use the printer controls from the computer).  The ink cartridges and paper are both easy to load.  You can print from your smartphone or your tablet, and from an Internet-connected PC. And it has wireless capabilities so it can be located anywhere you need it to be.

This HP Envy printer has so many more features than my old printer did.  For instance, it is able to do two-sided printing, and you can view and print photos from the color touchscreen and produce borderless, lab-quality photos.  And the best part, when I was ready to buy, I found that this HP printer was on Sale!

So now my home office is all set for awhile – a completely revamped desktop computer with a new OS and additional RAM…. And, a brand new spiffy-looking printer. 

Article by Wednesday Elf

*Written on 7/25/15. Updated 7/27/2018

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  1. An excellent review! Seems like every few years we are in the market for a new printer either in our home, or for one of our children. As you said, the ink really can get expensive fast. I don't have this model, but I do have a copier/fax/scanner printer. It it totally awesome to be able to do those extras all with one machine.

  2. Thanks, Mouse. I'm very pleased with my choice of a new computer printer. A 3-in-one printer is really a necessity these days.

  3. It's definitely a smart move to check the price of the ink cartridges first. I did that with our latest printer and it's worked out pretty well for us. We do occasionally have an issue with the wireless connection on ours (another brand) that can be very frustrating. Next time (oh, I hope there isn't a need for a next time but certainly there will be) I may go back to HP based on your review. That's a very pretty printer. Appreciate the review!

    1. Thanks, Susan. I think I made a good choice. I don't have wireless capability at home (yet), so haven't tried out the wireless connection (currently using just the USB connection), but glad I have the option of wireless for the future. And it IS a pretty printer, much nicer than my old one.

  4. It looks like you made a great choice.

    1. I'm really pleased with my selection, Linda. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. It's a printer I support too. We're big fans of HP Products (my laptop is HP) - Our HP purchases have lasted and stood up.

    1. I've always been pleased with the HP brand, Barbara. I agree that they 'stand up' and last.

  6. Very interesting! Wish I'd seen this before we bought our last printer!! Will keep in find for future purchases. Thank you.

    1. I find reviews by people who own and use a product can be very helpful when you are getting ready to make a new purchase, Carol. Thanks for stopping by.


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