- Wireless printer
- HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint
- Scan, copy and fax
I do hope HP realises that this printer will not be leaving my home and I intend to keep it. NO REALLY! It’s THAT awesome. As I mentioned before in my first look, the HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 5525 is a wireless printer, which means that apart from the power cable you don’t need any cables to get connected… always a winner in my house.
I’ve really put the HP 5525 through it’s paces by using it for work, printing pictures, scanning documents to e-mail, making copies etc. and I can, in all honesty, say I’m impressed. Setting up the printer on my wireless network was super easy and took all of about 5 minutes. And just like that it was accessible from my MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad.
The touchscreen panel on the HP 5525 allows the printer to perform various tasks from start to finish without ever needing your computer. Using the touchscreen display, you can access a library of free applications including HP Quick Forms, scan documents and send them directly to your e-mail and print pictures directly from a memory card, once again making your life easy as you don’t have to make use of a computer.
As far as speed goes, the HP 5525 is pretty quick. It can print up to 23 pages per minute if you’re only printing in black and up to 22 pages per minute if you’re printing in colour. A rather impressive upgrade from my 12 pages per minute on the old printer. Pictures take about 19 second to print if you use standard photo sizes. All in all rather speedy for a small home printer.
AirPrint is probably my favourite feature. It’s a little piece of genius from Apple. Using your iPhone/iPad, you simply choose the picture/document you want to print, tap the button and the following choices appear:
Choose Print and it will bring up the printer that has been set up to make use of AirPrint/your Wi-Fi.
Press print and the picture you selected will be printed and ready for you to use.
Just make sure you put the photo paper into the feeder the right side up…else your darling nephew will look more like a demon child than the gorgeous angel he really is. The photos that come out of the HP 5525 do not disappoint.
Another really awesome feature is the fact that, as long as the printer is connected to the Internet, you can scan documents directly to e-mail. And to make sure nobody just randomly scans and e-mails documents and wastes your precious bandwidth, a pin code is needed before the printer will scan and e-mail anything. Quality wise, the scanned documents are impressive. Everything comes out crisp and clear and there is an option to scan in colour.
Then there is HP ePrint. This is what allows you to e-mail documents to your printer and, as long as it is connected to the internet, these documents will be printed and ready for use by the time you reach your printer. The site allows you to specify addresses from which the printer is permitted to accept printing jobs. This safeguards you from random strangers e-mailing tons of documents to your printer and wasting your ink.
HP claims that you can print up to twice as many pages with the same amount of ink – “Ink Advantage”, they call it – as any other similar printer to the Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525. While I didn’t quite print enough to put this theory to the test, I did print more pages than I would have printed on my older HP with one set of cartridges.
My personal opinion is that HP has managed to produce a small printer that cuts costs, increases productivity and makes your life easier all in one go. It’s perfect for the home and, after using it for work for a few weeks, I also see how it could work wonders for a small business as well.
- AirPrint and HP ePrint
- Reduced ink usage
- Can print straight from an SD card
- The scan to e-mail function
- Super easy to use
- Sometimes after printing a document the printer randomly makes a whole bunch of noises for about 30 seconds. Annoying!
Price: R1 200.00