Review: HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5275

Printers are a necessity nowadays, especially if you have school-going kids. I have two, and I know that the most used gadget at my home, after the television and the PC, is the printer.

Every week, the schools in UAE, give out oodles of homework for the weekend and you are more often than not, expected to print them all out. So, if you are required to print out hundreds of pages per academic year, you need a dependable printer that offers efficient use of inks.

The Ink Advantage series of printers from HP is designed to do exactly that. And the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5275 multi-function printer is the latest to come out of HP’s stable. Since this one’s a multi-function printer, it can print, scan, copy, and fax, with ease.

Setting up the 5275 is a piece of cake. Connect the printer to the wall unit, install the cartridges, wait for the cartridges to align, connect to your wireless network and that’s all. Once the printer is on your wireless network, your an add the printer to any PC, laptop, tablet or phone on your network for easy-peasy wireless prints.

In addition, you can also scan or print by connecting your smartphone or tablet directly to the printer, without having to use a wired or wireless network. Remote printing is also featured on the 5275. This is possible through the HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app.

The printer comes with a user-friendly interface and a 5.5 cm touch display, wherein you can access all the functions of the 5275. The printer also supports duplex printing – very useful when printing out hundreds of school assignments!

The print speed mentioned on paper is up to 10 ppm for monochrome printouts in ISO and up to 20 ppm in draft mode. In terms of colour prints, the printer can do up to 17 ppm in draft mode and up to 7 ppm in ISO mode.

During our real-world tests, we were able to clock 8 ppm in ISO mode for monochrome and 5 ppm in ISO mode. Though the printer is not advertised as a photo printer, the 5275 prints some really good quality photo prints. The 5275 was a lifesaver when my 5-year old’s school requested for passport photos at short notice.

The overall quality of the printouts was very good. Since the 5275 also uses Ink Advantage cartridges, what it means for you is very good print quality at a lower price point. For an asking price of AED 450, the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5275 proves to be great value for money.

Price: AED 450

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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