All-in-one printing solutions are all about more and more connectivity features, but HP has chosen to keep a lid on it with the entry-level DeskJet Ink Advantage 2520hc and has instead decided to concentrate on offering more prints per cartridge. It’s clearly meant for home usage and for those who have a small office or home office (SOHO) setup. Let us find out if the speed and quality of this entry-level MFD are up to the mark.
Design and Build
The HP 2520hc looks quite similar in design to its predecessors in the sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket. It comes in a dark brown colored matte-finish body with a wavy design on its top portion. It is rectangular in shape with the edges tapering inwards. The sides are clean and you will only find the power port and USB port on the rear side. It weighs around 3.9 kg.
Paper needs to be loaded from the rear and it has a transparent front flap to prevent papers from toppling over on to the front. It can hold up to 60 sheets at a time. The output tray comes with a tray extender which is not sturdy at all and can only hold 25 sheets at a time. There is no projection on the extender to hold printed paper in spot and it’s spit out of the printer. The top portion which is also the flap of the flatbed scanner is well built and does not flex. We would have liked it more if the hinge was adjustable because if you want to scan a thick book or magazine, then the flap rests at an angle against the material being scanned or copied. The direct operational buttons require a hard press as they are concealed under a sheet of thin plastic which covers the control panel.
The 2520hc is an all-in-one multi-functional device (MFD) with functions including printing, copying and scanning. The HP 2520hc has a minimal design as is expected of an entry-level AIO. There is a 1.1.-inch mono display which shows the ink levels and shows the number of copies being made or prints being taken. You have direct buttons to scan, copy and cancel an operation.
Ink cartridges need to be loaded from the front of the 2520hc and it takes in two of them – the HP 46 black ink cartridge and the HP 46 tri-colour one. Installation of the cartridges and ultimately of the printer is quite easy. Considering this is an entry-level AIO, you only get USB connectivity. If you want wired/wireless connectivity options, you need to look elsewhere and pay a higher price.
The resolution for colour prints goes upto 4800×1200 dpi and 600 dpi for monochrome prints. Scanner has a resolution upto 1200dpi whereas the copier is limited to 600×300 dpi for both colour and black copies. You can even resize the material to be copied on the HP 2520hc.
The text document print took 54.22 secs at Best Quality. Dithering of ink was noticeable in font sizes 4 and 6, but for fonts larger than 6 dithering was minimal and noticed only when viewed under a magnifying glass. Overall text print quality was great.
Price and Verdict
The HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2520hc has an MRP of Rs 8899. The rated capacities of the cartridges are 1500 pages for the black cartridge and 750 pages for the tri-colour ink cartridge – both of these cartridges cost Rs 546 each. This gives you a cost per page of 37 paise for mono prints and 73 paise for colour prints. If you are a home user or have a small home/office setup and are on a tight budget, this AIO makes a lot of sense. If you want connectivity options such as wired/wireless or even PictBridge, then you will need to look elsewhere. The HP 2520hc offers decent value and even if you discount 20 percent from the rated print capacity of each cartridge, you still get a decent cost per page. It is certainly not the fastest printer, but in home environment that is not such a deal-breaker.