HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Printer

We have come across a lot of breed in terms to making printers more compact, more versatile, yet more capable. Today I am proud to present to you another entry from HP in the name of Envy 5530 e-All-in-One. Being an Envy candidate, we’re pretty confident that this is also a serious multi-tasker, but at least in a sense that you would measure whether it would belong to your home or to your office needs. The 5530 came out with the Envy 4500, both of which are creative enough to bring all the necessary functions while maintaining fashion and performance.

At a relatively cheap price of $100, the HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One looks and feels great from the box out. Weighing more than 5kgs, the 5530 may be regarded as heavy and hence not really versatile to be moved from room to room. It’s most compact measurement of 17.52×13.15×4.72inches is also speaking about how big but rigid it is. Compared to the black counterpart, which is the said Envy 4500, the 5530 comes in a sleek metallic look though the materials are hardly aluminum at touch. There’s the bright metallic streak to highlight the main dashboard of the AIO, and the lid… actually more like a lid of an HP Ultrabook.

Being an all-in-one, I bet it’s not safe to suppose that the HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One is also good and big enough for office use. This is so because you’ll learn that with all the basic functions such as printing, scanning, and copying, there’s no automatic document feeder (ADF) to make the printer really a more independent and dependable printer for rush projects. Thankfully though, a highly welcomed feature is the automatic duplexing feature that will surely aide you in saving paper without the hassle of printing on both sides the traditional way.

Expected also for this new breed of printers are the wireless capabilities. It actually saddened me that despite the size and the bulk of this printer, its being compact pushed away some potentially useful goodies to make it more as an all-in-one. Yes, the 5530 can connect on your home Wi-Fi, but only that; there’s not a network port for the hard wires to go through. However, HP compensates with the 5530 by adding a Wireless-Direct feature: you can now print wirelessly on this printer without a real wireless network; it can create its own station to connect on. There’s no Bluetooth also, but you can print JPEGs from an SD card but not a USB stick.

The printer as a copier and scanner gets a scanbed that fits the usual standard measuring 8.5×11.7inches; legal-sized papers won’t fit the bed if you’d ask. For the printing features, the HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One uses two cartridges, namely the black and the tri-color cartridge. The input tray can hold up to 100sheets of legal-sized papers, and that also supports up to 40 cards or up to 30 10x15cm photo papers. The output tray is sadly incapable of holding that much, locking up to only 30 sheets at max. Nevertheless, HP claims an ISO printing speed of 8ppm for mono and 5.2ppm for colored, and for photos, a 4×6 borderless printing on my test consumed a little more than a minute.

Printing quality excels with photos and graphics for the HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One. The contrast level for the black is also superb, safe enough to claim that it almost pars with lab prints. Printing can take a bit slow with ordinary documents, and for photo printing, the 5530 at least handles the slowness better than the competition. Colors are pretty good enough for posters, but only that it cannot print poster-size images.

Other features of the HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One include a 2.65-inch touch-screen display, support for HP’s Web apps, support for XL cartridges, and HP auto wireless connect. It is a solid candidate for moms at home who just wanted to print baby photos all day, but not for the white-collared guys who are fond of wasting a lot of prints in one go while staying busy on his desk.

HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Printer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 4,500.00

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