HP ENVY 5530 review > the best printer in town

HP ENVY 5530

We are all set up for summer with a brand new HP ENVY 5530 printer and it is utterly amazing, let me tell you why.

I will admit to having the printer in its box for over a week before I actually set to and set it up. It was niggling me as I was imagining it would take forever and having been so super busy recently I thought I’d wait for a bit of calm before tackling the job.

Today I started the job and it was done in minutes, the easiest set up ever.

What’s more it’s connected to the WiFi and so there are no plugs and leads over taking the desk which makes for a nice neat look.

I went online to download the software and it was a simple pain-free process. My next step was to set my self up for HP Instant Ink.

HP printer set up

HP Instant Ink

One of the beauties of the HP ENVY 5530 printer is the new feature HP Instant Ink which makes sure you never run out of ink again delivering it to your door before you run out.

You can choose from three rates of monthly payments to set up, £1.99 is perfect if you print up to 50 pages a month. £3.49 for up to 100 pages a month and £7.99 for up to 300 pages a month.

HP Instant Ink price range

You connect your printer to your online account and it will detect when you’re running low. You can switch plans if you find you need to and should you have any unprinted usage they will roll it over to the following month.

They’ll also send through recycling envelopes for the empty cartridges too.

For busy parents this is a great feature as you can print till your heart’s content and never be without ink. Plus it’s such reasonable rates.


Another amazing feature that comes with the HP ENVY 5530 is the Printables. By logging in to your account and clicking on services you can access lots of different apps that provide printables.

For example Family Activities include Comics To Do, To Do Lists, Playmobil and Disney. A section on puzzles includes mazes, crosswords and Sudoku.

HP Printables

There are recipes, Travel notes, news, forums, education and so much more. What’s more you can set that they print off automatically too so you find them beautifully printed waiting when the new pages come out.

We’ve tried Hellokids.com and Kids Activities to start with and will add more as we go along.

HP printable settings

Photo printing

This is an exciting one and I’m so pleased to find there is a SD card slot too so you can pop in your card and print away on HP Advanced Photo Paper.

HP touch screen


Already used this as had to sign and return a contract, works perfectly and sends it direct to the computer making emails dead easy.

Quick forms

Another great feature is Quick Forms including weekly or monthly calendars to print off, lists with one or two columns, there are games to print including a maze (easy, medium or difficult) Sudoku and note paper with large lines (ideal for 6 year olds to practise their writing) or smaller lines

Hp sheets to print off


Disclosure: I was sent an HP ENVY 5530, ink and photo paper for the purpose of this review

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