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HP Envy 4520 vs 5540: Which Wireless All-in-One Color Photo Printer is Better?

HP has an outstanding reputation for its quality printers and more recently its photo printers. There is a range of affordable options with great modern technology to suit a range of needs, especially home use for students and those working at home.

We are going to look at the HP Envy 4520 vs 5540. We will look at the different aspects of the two printers including the features, appearance, and value for money. After considering some pros and cons of the all-in-one printers, we will decide which of the two is the better buy.

HP Envy 4520 vs 5540

There are quite a few similarities, so let’s start here.

HP Envy 4520 vs 5540 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Name
HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing,HP Instant Ink or Amazon Dash replenishment ready (F0V69A)
Our Pick
HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer
Image
HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing,HP Instant Ink or Amazon Dash replenishment ready (F0V69A)
HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer
Size
14.5 x 17.52 x 5.04 inches
16.14 x 17.87 x 6.14 inches
Weight
11.93lbs
15.04lbs
Printer Type
Color Inkjet
Color Inkjet
Functions
Print, Copy, Scan, Photoprint
Print, Copy, Scan, Photoprint
Wireless Printing
Yes; mobile, tablet, laptop, HP ePrint, AirPrint
Yes; mobile, tablet, laptop, HP ePrint, AirPrint
Compatible with Alexa
LCD Touchscreen Display
2.2 inches
2.2 inches
Printing Speed Black
9.5 ppm
12 ppm
Printing Speed Color
6.8 ppm
8 ppm
2-Sided Printing
Borderless Printing
Scan to Email
Paper Sizes
Letter, legal, 3 x 5”, 4 x 6”, 5 x 7”, 8 x 102, Noº 10 envelope
Letter, legal, 3 x 5”, 4 x 6”, 5 x 7”, 8 x 102, Noº 10 envelope
Paper Tray Capacity
Input 100 sheets/ Output 25 sheets
Input 125 sheets/ Output 25 sheets
What’s Included
Software CD, setup instructions, initial ink cartridges, power cord
Software CD, setup instructions, initial ink cartridges, power cord
Warranty
1-year limited hardware
1-year limited hardware
Prime status
-
Name
HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing,HP Instant Ink or Amazon Dash replenishment ready (F0V69A)
Image
HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing,HP Instant Ink or Amazon Dash replenishment ready (F0V69A)
Size
14.5 x 17.52 x 5.04 inches
Weight
11.93lbs
Printer Type
Color Inkjet
Functions
Print, Copy, Scan, Photoprint
Wireless Printing
Yes; mobile, tablet, laptop, HP ePrint, AirPrint
Compatible with Alexa
LCD Touchscreen Display
2.2 inches
Printing Speed Black
9.5 ppm
Printing Speed Color
6.8 ppm
2-Sided Printing
Borderless Printing
Scan to Email
Paper Sizes
Letter, legal, 3 x 5”, 4 x 6”, 5 x 7”, 8 x 102, Noº 10 envelope
Paper Tray Capacity
Input 100 sheets/ Output 25 sheets
What’s Included
Software CD, setup instructions, initial ink cartridges, power cord
Warranty
1-year limited hardware
Prime status
-
Our Pick
Name
HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer
Image
HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer
Size
16.14 x 17.87 x 6.14 inches
Weight
15.04lbs
Printer Type
Color Inkjet
Functions
Print, Copy, Scan, Photoprint
Wireless Printing
Yes; mobile, tablet, laptop, HP ePrint, AirPrint
Compatible with Alexa
LCD Touchscreen Display
2.2 inches
Printing Speed Black
12 ppm
Printing Speed Color
8 ppm
2-Sided Printing
Borderless Printing
Scan to Email
Paper Sizes
Letter, legal, 3 x 5”, 4 x 6”, 5 x 7”, 8 x 102, Noº 10 envelope
Paper Tray Capacity
Input 125 sheets/ Output 25 sheets
What’s Included
Software CD, setup instructions, initial ink cartridges, power cord
Warranty
1-year limited hardware
Prime status

Printer Type and Functions

The HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540 are color inkjet printers. They can print, photoprint, copy, scan, and scan to email.

Connectivity

To set up the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540, you may need a USB cable, depending on your operating system. Once the setup is complete, you can use all of the functions wirelessly. You can print from the HP ePrint app or from AirPrint from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop as well as wireless direct.

Additional Printer Settings

To save paper and for convenience, the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540 allow for two-sided printing. You can also take advantage of borderless printing.

Touchscreen

The touchscreen on the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540 is 2.2 inches. Perhaps smaller than others but still a decent size to be able to choose your settings. The screens are LCD with easy to use controls.

Paper Sizes

The printers will print on legal, letter, and Noº 10 envelopes. With regards to photos, you can use the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540 for 3 x 5”, 4 x 6”, 5 x 7” and 8 x 10” photos.

Ink Cartridges

The HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540 take 2 cartridges; black and tricolor. They are also compatible with high-yield cartridges. You can sign up for Amazon Dash (ink cartridges are automatically ordered and sent when the levels are low) or HP Instant Ink (you only pay for the pages you print rather than the ink with savings of up to 50%).

HP Envy 4520 comparison

What’s Included

You will receive a black and tricolor starter ink cartridge with the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540. You will also find a software installation CD, a setup guide, and a power cable. You will need to buy a USB cable separately.

Warranty

There is a 1-year limited hardware warranty with both the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540.

Now that we have covered all of the similarities, let’s focus on what makes the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540 different.

 Differences Between HP Envy 4520 and 5540

Appearance

HP Envy 4520 review

Both of the printers are very simplistic in a sleek black design. There is a small difference in their sizes.

HP Envy 4520

This printer measures 14.5 x 17.52 x 5.04 inches and it weighs just 11.93 pounds.

HP Envy 5540

It is a little larger at 16.14 x 17.87 x 6.14 inches and weighs 15.04 pounds.

The Winner Is- The HP Envy 4520

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Paper Tray Capacity

HP Envy 5540 Review

Because the two printers are so compact, they won’t have the same paper tray capacities as others. Both of the output trays will take up to 25 sheets of paper.

HP Envy 4520

The output tray will hold 100 sheets of paper. The number of photo sheets is not stated.

HP Envy 5540

This paper tray can take up to 125 sheets of paper or you can load up to 15 sheets of photo paper.

The Winner Is- The HP Envy 5540

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Printing Speed

HP Envy 5540 Comparison

Printing speed is measured in pages per minute or ppm.

HP Envy 4520

If you are printing in black, you can expect to print up to 9.5 ppm. Color pages will print at 6.8 ppm.

HP Envy 5540

This is a faster printer with black pages printing at 12 ppm and color at 8 ppm.

The Winner Is- The HP Envy 5540

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Pros and Cons

After some pros and cons of the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540, we will be able to offer our final opinion.

HP Envy 4520

HP Envy 4520

  • Really easy setup for everyone
  • Easy to connect with Windows 10
  • It is compatible with Alexa and Siri

Cons:

  • The software could be better

HP Envy 5540

HP Envy 5540

Pros:

  • It is reliable
  • It wakes up automatically when you send something to print
  • Fast scanning

Cons:

  • The scan quality is good but not perfect

The Final Verdict

When you look at the price it is difficult to make a decision because there are so many offers available for both, so we decided to take this out of the equation and appreciated that both were excellent value for the money.

There were other things that were also the same, for example, the range of paper types, the size of the touchscreen, and the options to connect to various devices. The setup and connectivity were both fantastic for the HP Envy 4520 and the HP Envy 5540.

While we liked the fact that you could use the HP Envy 4520 with Alexa, we preferred the larger paper tray and a slightly faster printing speed of the HP Envy 5540, make this model the better buy.


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