CNET First Look
A capable multifunctional printer for under $150The HP Envy 4520 all-in-one is the first printer to feature the company's updated Instant Ink smart cartridges. Choose between a traditional pay-as-you-go refill and HP's Instant Ink auto-delivery service.
[BLANK_AUDIO] If you're looking for the latest in printing technology in an all-in-one inkjet, this is definitely worth checking out. I'm Justin [UNKNOWN] with CNET, and this is a first look at the HP Envy 4520 all-in-one printer. You can get this for less than $150, which makes it a good price that don't want to spend too much on a printer that they may only use once in a while. But that doesn't mean it can't do everything that big printers can. This is a printer, scanner, and copy machine built into one device. The outside is a brand new design for HP. And this time they went with the pretty low profile. There's the usual scanner lit up top, a pull out drawer underneath that can fit 100 sheets of paper, and room on the back for USB cord and a direct connection into your computer. The face of the unit is really bare, with only one of the actual buttons on the side to power it on. All the other controls happen through this 2.2 inch monochrome LCD display. I've looked at a bunch of HP printers over the years, and this style just isn't my favorite for useability. There's a lot of deep menus to scroll through, and the small size screen really makes it a little annoying to navigate. There's also some lag in the responsiveness, so the machine doesn't always recognize it right when you push down. And with no way to make adjustments to its sensitivity, I wish they included a few extra shortcut buttons on the actual hardware. Thankfully, the setup is really easy. You can either use the software CD included to install the drivers, or you can download them off the Internet for the latest updates. You can print right away by hooking up a USB connection, but I recommending connecting the computer to your wi-fi network so you can print from the cloud. You can do that through either Apple AirPrint or Google CloudPrint from a Chrome browser as well. The 4520 takes HP's upgraded number 63 model ink cartridges. That's a new design for the company that integrates the print head alongside the ink tank. While also making technical improvements to ink balancing as well as end of life monitoring. This printer is also compatible with HP's instant ink delivery system. Now that's where HP will track your usage levels and send you a replacement inkjet cartridge in the mail when you're running low. There's a couple different tiers based on how many pages you think you'll print per month and you can always adjust your plan any time you choose. You can check out more details and my full review on C-Net. But that's gonna do it for me. This is the HP Envy 45 20 all-in-one printer. Thanks for watching.