HP Envy 4520 All-In-One Printer Review

Your preference on an all-in-one printer can be based on various aspects of consideration, but choosing the one with the features and functions you need should be the best idea. HP Envy 4520 comes in a relatively simple and compact design offering three basic functions including print, copy, and scan. There is no fax function for this model, but it must be okay if you do not need the function much. Unlike other MFPs we have reviewed, this printer does not have duplex print function and no ADF feature available. Again, it is not a big problem especially when you just need a printer for very light-duty tasks.

HP ENVY 4520 Printer

HP ENVY 4520

HP Envy 4520 Design

HP Envy 4520 is compact printer measures 17.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches. With this dimension, it is easy for you to place the printer on your desktop. For sure, it is not the smallest printer on the market, especially when talking the MFPs, but this will not consume too much space.

The printer is equipped with monochrome touchscreen LCD measures 2.2 inches in front of the slim, matte black machine. You can operate the printer by utilizing the LCD display which is, simply, the only control panel you have. There is no physical buttons available, but a power button on the corner of the front part of the printer. As the LCD display is the only access you have to operate the printer, it is essential to make sure that you adapt well with it in the initial use due to the fact that the touchscreen is not as responsive as you may expect. Please do not expect this to be like your mobile phone’s touchscreen.

The input tray is located on the bottom of the printer body of which you will need to pull out the drawer when you need to fill in the paper. The tray can hold up to 100 sheets of paper. The adjustable sliders of the input tray make it possible for you to deal with different paper sizes including A4, A5, and A6. The output tray is located below the LCD display or, simply, between the display and input tray. It can deal with up to 25 sheets of paper at one time.

As stated previously, this slim machine does not have an automatic document feeder (ADF). Therefore, if you plan to buy a printer that allows you to work with multiple pages to copy, for instance, this model is surely not what you want.

HP Envy 4520 Functions and Features

As stated previously, HP Envy 4520 only has three functions: print, copy, and scan. You will not get fax function from this model, so if you need a unit for frequent faxing tasks, this is not what you look for. In addition, this printer does not have the ability to duplex print. When you want to print two-sided pages, there is no option you have but do all the things manually. The automatic document feeder (ADF) is also unavailable. In other words, when you need to copy, for instance, multiple pages, you will need to do the task manually. Surely, this printer is not for the ones who wish to have such functions. However, it is very essential to remember that buying a product with the functions you rarely, or even never, use will just waste your money. Our point is when you just need a printer for printing, copying, and scanning, Envy 4520 is sufficient.

HP Envy 4520 Features

HP Envy 4520 Features

HP Envy 4520 is equipped with various options to operate it. For sure, connecting it to your PC is an absolute must. We do not really need to discuss this any further. Therefore, it is better to discuss what else this machine can do. Well, USB connection is the one you will get from this model especially when you want to print in minutes. You can also utilize the wireless network to enable the print-sharing and cloud-printing. By taking advantage of this feature, you can directly connect the printer to the AirPrint by Apple and Google Cloud Print services. When dealing with the wireless network connection, you can set up this printer by inputting the SSID and network password directly into the machine.

Unfortunately, you will not get Ethernet port on the printer for direct networking so that home wireless network is the one you need to make it online.

HP Envy 4520 Speed and Quality

HP Envy 4520 can print quickly enough. For black-only text documents, this can print as fast as 8.9 pages per minute. For full graphics printing, the speed decreases to 2.6 pages per minute which is actually good. However, again, no duplex print and no ADF make it difficult to help you quickly get things done especially when you come up with medium to hard-duty tasks.

HP Envy 4520 Ink

HP Envy 4520 Ink

Regarding the quality of the print and copy, this printer is fairly awesome. The black text print result shows crisp and deep result while for the full-color graphic print, the results will not disappoint you. In addition, Envy 4520 is a quiet printer when being operated. It means that you will need this one when you concern about noise.

HP Envy 4520 Pros and Cons

From the detailed explanation given, you surely have had the big picture on what are the pros and cons of HP Envy 4520. We have the list of the pros and cons below.


  • Reliable print speed
  • High-quality output results
  • Compact and quiet


  • No duplex print
  • No Automatic Document Feeder
  • No Ethernet port
  • Tricky LCD display

Well, we have reviewed one of the all-in-one printers to provide you with the options you might want to have before you find the one that fits your needs and budget. Envy may not offer you much especially for an office use, but it is still the good one to take into account. Therefore, we suggest you to keep in touch with us by visiting our pages in order to get more pieces of information and reviews. Thank you for visiting us and good luck.