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HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 e-All-in-One Review

Prints Charming.

By Victor Philip Ortiz, 02.07.2013
Editors Rating
4
$127
User Rating
2 user reviews

STRONG ON

  • Wireless and AirPrint support
  • HP ePrint lets you print from anywhere
  • Includes touchscreen panel

WEAK ON

  • Prints are not as detailed on fast draft mode
  • Screen is fixed and can’t be adjusted
  • Neet a little more power

Inexpensive but definitely full-featured, the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 is a great home and office printer that should aid you with your printing needs without having to spend a lot.

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It is cheap, but is it worth a budget?

 

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 is the one of the new wave of web-enabled printers from HP.

 

HP has always been one of the front-runners in terms of printing solutions – primarily on the inkjet solutions. HP was one of the first companies to embrace wireless printing along with support for Apple’s AirPrint technology. One of their top-of-the-line products is the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525, an inkjet that is also a multifunction printer. Typical inkjets usually are found in small homes and businesses but these new wave of HP Printers promise to deliver the same print quality you would expect from a business printer. The Ink Advantage refers to the new technology by HP that manages to let you print twice the number of pages at the same cost.

 

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Design & Specs

 

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 includes a full touchscreen LCD that lets you operate the printer without the need of a computer.

 

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 does not really revolutionise in terms of design. What you have is a small black compartment that resembles most printers. The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 measures 436 x 545 x 146 mm, which should be enough to be fitted on to a small table.

 

 

Like we have mentioned, the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 is basically a multifunction printer that can scan and copy along with its usual printing duties. It can print in both monochrome and colour, with a rated speed of 22 ppm (pages per minute) and 21 ppm respectively. It also support dual-sided (duplex) printing.

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 includes a 2.65-inch touchscreen display where you immediately select the functions you would want to use. While small, the screen is sharp enough to showcase content – letting you preview documents or images before printing them. A USB port is provided so you can easily connect supported devices (like cameras) to the printer and print them right away. A memory card reader is also present.

 

This particular printer also uses HP ePrint, a technology where you can send an email directly to the printer (you can assign a personalised @hpeprint.com email) and it will print it right away. It also supports Google Cloud Print where you can share the printer over the cloud and lastly it also supports AirPrint, a technology from Apple where you can wirelessly print from any iOS device (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) without a computer. Alternatively, if you have a BlackBerry or Android smartphone, you can download an app from HP to get the same AirPrint-like support.

 

The scanner on the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 is a flatbed type which can support a scanning resolution of 1200 dpi (dots per inch) and can scan content of up to 216 x 297 mm in size. The presence of a scanning function on the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 also enables it to be a copier as well. It can copy in both monochrome and colour, with speeds of up to 23 cpm (copies per minute).

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 can print, scan, copy and can even receive emails to be printed – thus coning the term, web-enabled.

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The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 also supports AirPrint, which lets you print documents wirelessly provided the printer and the iOS device you are using are in the same network.

 

Performance & Round Up

 

 

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 manages to blaze through our print tests easily. It managed to keep its 22 ppm print speed for monochrome and 21 ppm for colour. While the print details are average, they are acceptable. It won’t be as detailed as the Laserjets from HP, but the detail on each character on the printed document were smooth, especially when you print it using the normal print option. Fast draft mode printing will be faster, but there will be less detail.

 

 

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 performs well on photo prints. Using normal glossy photo paper, we printed some shots taken with a professional camera along with ones that we took using a Nokia Lumia 920. The results were great, with colours being minimal and not oversaturated.

 

 

Setting up the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525, whether wired or wireless was no hassle at all. For you to be able to use HP ePrint, you would have to register and configure the printer over a wireless connection. Once setup, you can easily assign an email address to the printer and it will start printing right away – wherever you may be.

 

 

The HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 is a printer, which basically gives what it offers. For 469 AED (127 USD) it is truly an affordable all-in-one printer. It prints, it scans and it copies without ever having to turn on a computer. The added wireless capabilities and HP ePrint technology make it an ideal printer suitable for home or even for office use.