Why I don’t love my HP Photosmart 7520 (and will soon be replacing it)
Here is a list of reasons by I don’t love my HP Photosmart 7520. It’s still there, just, but the recycling centre is calling. I wouldn’t give it to anyone as I wouldn’t others to suffer the same frustration and expense.
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- It drinks expensive ink. How do they justify these prices? They’re insane.
- The empty cartridges take up space in a drawer until they’re sent off to HP for recycling. Is there any discount or compensation for this? Damned if I know.
- The Estimated Link Levels panel on the screen is just a wild guess. If I print out the ink level support it bears no resemblance.
- If you lift the access door to replace a cartridge the chassis pops out from its hiding place then goes in again. If it wants to be really clever it’ll do this several times before it comes to rest.
- Once a cartridge is replaced the access door is closed it considers what just happened and then informs me that while the new cartridge is OK there’s another that’s decided to throw a hissy fit.
- Up goes access door again and the cartridge chassis plays hide and seek again.
- I check each cartridge and they’re all firmly in place. There’s nothing wrong with the bloody things so what’s the alert for?
- Down goes the access door again but it’s still not right. Repeat until one of us gives up.
- It goes to sleep to save energy then, when you need it again, takes an age to come to life.
- When it finally gets going it’ll jam the paper just to show you who’s boss.
- If you try to print labels – ha! There’s always a jam. There’s a gremlin inside that peels of the first label just for the hell of it.
- If you try to print a photo to result looks like something taken using an 1977 Polaroid camera.
- It’s a big black ugly thing. Why are they unimaginative when it comes to colours?
Yes, I do perform the maintenance, the cleaning etc.