HP Envy 4520 Review – All In One Printer

If you are looking for a small, compact, wireless all-in-one printer that also offers you cloud printing then HP Envy 4520 printer can be your best deal. The HP Envy 4520 inkjet printer truly deserves the “All-in-One” title. This multi-function inkjet printer can handle various outputs with high-quality photos and graphics printing, can connect to other devices and not just your computer/laptop.

HP Envy 4520 printer that can print, scan and copy. It supports Apple Airprint and Google Cloud Print. The device is equally suitable for home and home offices as the duty cycle of the printer is up to 1000 pages per month. But it doesn’t come with an Automatic Document Feeder which is used for scanning. As a matter of fact, you will hardly find this feature in an inexpensive printer. However, it supports automatic two-sided printing. Though HP 4520 offers cloud printing through Wi-Fi, it doesn’t support Ethernet LAN connectivity (wired network connectivity). The memory card slot is also not available in this printer. Below is the rest of the HP Envy 4520 Review.

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HP Envy 4520 Review – Specifications

HP Envy – Design

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HP 4520 printer has a small footprint and it requires a very small space. However, it is not the smallest all-in-one printer available in the market. The dimension of the printer is 17.52 x 14.45 x 5.04 inches ( W X D X H) approximately and it weighs around 11.93lbs. The scanner lid is located on the top of the device while the input tray sits at the bottom of the machine. The capacity of the input tray is 100 pages while the capacity of the output tray is 25 pages. The output tray is placed just below the LCD display. The LCD display acts as the control panel of the printer and is situated at the front of the printer. Aside from the power button, there are no separate buttons for print, scan, or copy. You can control all functions through the touchscreen LCD display. The monochrome LCD display is 5.5 cm (2.2″) wide.

Paper Handling And Printing

If you are looking for HP Envy 4520 reviews to know more about paper handling and performance of the printer, then here you go – the output tray of the device comes with an adjustable slider to house different sizes of paper which include A4, A5, B5, DL, C6, and A6. It supports both plain as well as photo papers. If you are concerned about brochure printing, this printer supports brochure paper as well. When printed from PC, up to 1200 X 1200 dpi is supported for black and white printing and 4800 x 1200 dpi is supported for color printing. According to the manufacturer, the printer can print up to 9.5ppm (black) and up to 6.8 pages per minute (color). You can print envelopes as well on this printer.

HP Envy 4520 example pic

HP 4520 printer comes with a flatbed scanner. Supported scanning formats are TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and PDF. It supports up to 1200 dpi resolution for scanning. When it comes to making copies, the printer supports up to 600 X 300 dpi for both black and white as well as color images. The printer allows you to enlarge or reduce the copy size – you can enlarge up to 400% or reduce up to 25% of the original image.


HP Envy 4520 printer is easy to setup. It works with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista as well as with Windows XP SP3 (32-bit). When comes to Mac, it is compatible with OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X v10.9 Mavericks, and OS X v10.10 Yosemite. According to the manufacturer, it is not compatible with Linux OS. However, if you surf the web for HP Envy 4520 printer reviews, you will found certain users, using Linux OS, are able to print but scanning does not work. The printer supports up to 802.11 b/g/n Wi-FI.

Ink Cartridges

HP Envy 4520 inkjet printer
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HP Envy 4520 inkjet printer is compatible with HP 63 black and HP 63 tri-color original ink cartridges. However, it is also compatible with high yield HP 63XL Black and HP 63XL tri-color cartridges. With high yield cartridges, you can significantly reduce the cost of printing. Moreover, if you have heavy printing needs, you can subscribe to HP instant ink monthly enrollment plan which can further reduce your printing cost.

Pros & Cons


  • You are getting a multifunctional printer with a Wi-Fi facility at a budget price.
  • Automatic Two-sided printing is supported.
  • Uses ink delivery technology.
  • XL Cartridges Available.
  • HP instant ink monthly enrollment plan to lower the cost.
  • Print remotely from any room
    • check-price-button


  • Can’t create CD/DVD labels.
  • Though the printer supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, it doesn’t support Ethernet LAN.
  • A memory card reader slot is not available in this printer.
  • Doesn’t comes with an Automatic Document Feeder.

Final Verdict

HP Envy 4520 printer is a decent all-in-one printer that gives you value for money. It is an affordable printer but certain features are missing. For instance, there is no Auto Feeding feature that impacts the performance if you have a bunch of papers to scan. Also, you don’t get a memory card reader slot, so you can’t print directly from the SD card. But it is Wi-Fi enabled and you can directly print from your Apple device or from other Android Devices. Apart from that, it’s a great all-in-one printer at such a price.

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HP Envy 4520 Review by Gizmo Freakz


Design 80%

Features 80%

Performance 80%

Design 80%

Price 81%

Good All-In-One Printer

Good all-in-one compact inkjet printer for printing/copying and scanning. Suitable for home and home office use with the great photo printing quality.

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