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HP Photosmart 6520 Printer

My old printer, the HP Photosmart Plus after 2 and a half years of constant work printing photo quality prints for resale wore itself out into retirement the other day. It began to band in the prints so bad I couldn't use it anymore to sell things with, although it could still print other things decently enough. For how much longer I couldn't say.

I had to buy a new printer right away. So I drove to Staples and bought this model, the HP Photosmart 6520. It uses the same inks as my old printer (564 or 564xl) which is awesome because I had plenty of unused ink cartridges.

Unfortunately, I paid more for mine than this one on Amazon. I paid $120 but got a 2 year warranty (including tax). A warranty I don't expect to use. I take good care of my printers even though I tend to over work them. Just so you know - I have over a decade of professional printing experience in the business world using wide format industrial printers, like Roland. So when I say I like HP... for the home or for a graphic designer on a budget or whatever... It comes from experience. HP has a good product when it comes to printers. This one is a solid piece. I like it.

HP Photosmart 6520 Printer Details on Amazon

I also wanted to add that this printer takes 4 separate CMYK ink cartridges. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black  - If you want to print color often and get the most out of the ink you buy, pick a printer with 4 separate color cartridges. It will work out much better for you in the long run as opposed to the 2 ink cartridge printers... (one black, the other color) - If you don't understand why yet I will explain:

Say you are printing vacation photos on a printer with a 2 cartridge system. You are printing a bunch of beach photos like in the example here. That is going to use up mostly cyan ink. So now the cyan will run out in the cartridge also containing magenta and yellow. Guess what happens now? You have to put in one brand new 3 color cartridge to carry on printing while the remaining yellow and magenta in the previous cartridge is wasted. Enough said.

Amazon might have been the better place to buy the printer, but Staples is still the best place to buy ink. I usually order it online and get it next day shipped to my house for free. I also return empty ink cartridges back to staples for $2 credits they mail me a month later (would be nice to get them on the spot, but they must be hoping I forget about it or something - I'm not).

HP564XL Inks at
(I suggest 564XL inks
because that's what I buy)