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HP CQ521B Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One with Fax Web Enabled Printer

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3.6 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

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  • Five Individual inks for more affordable printing and save even more with XL cartridges
  • 50 pages duplex ADF – enabling the customer to automatically print/copy two-sided documents
  • Fax –Enhance your productivity with integrated Fax capabilities and Apps – print directly from the web without using a computer
  • EPrint – print from anywhere, anytime with any device – it’s easy as sending an email
  • Wireless printing, copying and scanning – with one-button wireless setup
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Technical Details
Item Weight12 Kg
Product Dimensions53 x 51 x 33.2 cm
Item model numberCQ521B
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 50,119 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12 Kg
Date First Available14 July 2010

Product Description

Product Description

The HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One is designed for home users who want an easy and affordable option for quickly printing lab-quality photos, everyday documents and the web content they want--anywhere, anytime--all without a PC.

HP ePrint--Print From anywhere, anytime, with any device*

Get the first printer that lets you print from anywhere in the world. Send photos and everyday documents directly to the secured e-mail address of your web connected HP printer, using a smartphone, a notebook or any other mobile device.

Mobility, Convenience and Versatility

HP ePrint technology lets you print at your convenience--from across town, or across the room--using any email-capable device.* Simply send your photos or documents to a web-connected printer and pick up the pages later. The process is as easy as sending an email--no software setup required.

Print from anywhere by sending your print job via email. You can send print jobs from a variety of devices--Apple® iPad™, an iPhone™ or other smartphone, your desktop PC, a work or personal laptop or netbook, or emobile device you already have without additional applications software.


Security settings give you complete control of who has access to the ePrint feature of your printer. Print jobs are securely and reliably sent through email right to your printer.

HP ePrint technology
ePrint technology lets you print at your convenience using any email-capable device. Click here for a larger image

HP's ePrint "send to email" solution is as simple as attaching your photos or documents to an email message that you forward to a web-connected printer using any device with an Internet connection.

HP ePrint intelligence automatically sends files to the appropriate paper tray. For example, photos are sent to the printer's photo tray (when available). Documents and email messages are sent to the main paper tray.**

Printing an email message with HP's ePrint solution is as easy as forwarding the message to your printer's email address. Simply select an email message to print, and choose "Forward." Enter the printer's email address in the "To" box, select "Send" and then go to the printer to pick up your printed email. You can use HP ePrint to print email messages with any email-capable device.*** There's no need to download and install special software.

Web Apps Allow Easy direct printing from the web without a PC

The HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One Printer brings bring direct web connectivity to home printing with quick, easy access to online content. Intuitive HP TouchSmart technology makes it easy to select from a variety of useful print apps--print applications available from HP--that seamlessly connect the web and your HP printer.

Select from a variety of print apps

HP plans to release more print apps in the coming months. You can update your printer as new apps become available using HP's free ePrintCenter website. Visit:, or click on the link in the Solution Center. The ePrintCenter lists compatible print apps for HP web-enabled printers.

HP PhotoSmart Range Comparison Chart

Features/Model HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One HP Photosmart eStation
Mobile full web browser X
Get more with apps X X X X X
Mobile printing X X X X X
Easy Touch display X X X
Wireless printing X X X X X
Individual ink cartridges X X X X X
Memory card slots X X X X X
Auto two-sided printing X X X
Wired network capability X X
Fax X X

Count on affordable photo and everyday printing

Original HP supplies

Ink is much more than just coloured water; the unique, hi-tech formula for HP ink is designed to work with all the mechanical parts of the print cartridge, and the printer itself, to deliver high quality results across a wide range of papers, in a variety of environmental conditions.

Why Original HP Inks?

It takes up to three years to develop new inks, so a huge amount of work goes into producing Original HP Inks, from the selection of superior ingredients to precision engineering of both the chemical formula of the ink and the high-performance ink cartridge components.

The print cartridge itself is the product of years of research and development and is much more than just an ink tank. The integrated print head on an HP cartridge includes an intelligent circuit that controls the hundreds of nozzles, each finer than a human hair, which deliver the ink onto the page. Each drop of ink is fired onto the page on the back of a tiny vapour blast of heat 7 times the intensity of the sun that lasts for just two millionths of a second; this energy blast exposes the ink drop to forces up to one million G's. Some of the latest Original HP ink cartridges can deliver in excess of 29 million drops per second.

In many of HP's home printers, over 50% of the printing technology is contained within the cartridge itself; which means every time you replace your Original HP Ink Cartridge you are installing a brand new print engine. Original HP Inks are developed in conjunction with HP papers to ensure maximum compatibility and performance. The result is the perfect balance of colour, permanence and reliability.

Standard Value Packs / XL packs

HP offers a range of ink cartridges tailored to the way you print. To help you make smart choices about printing and costs, HP has created a portfolio of cartridge offerings with various price tags for you to choose from.

HP Standard Ink Cartridge

Standard cartridges

  • For everyday printing that is precise and affordable
  • Best value for moderate volumes of printing
  • High quality and reliable printing
HP Value XL cartridges

Value XL cartridges

  • For high volume printing, choose high capacity XL cartridges
  • Best value for large volumes of printing
  • More prints with fewer cartridge changes

HP Original Paper
Photo Value Pack

For affordable and easy lab quality photo printing at home and you can enjoy savings as it costs less than purchasing the ink and paper seperately so you can print impressive photos.

Original HP Paper

Regardless of what your ideas call for HP offers papers for all occassions: from inkjet paper for everyday usage to transparencies and iron on transfer sheets on to water colour papers for gallery-quality reproductions with brilliant precise colours. For more information go to

Enjoy Mobile Printing with Wi-Fi

HP ePrint technology
Print via an 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi network with support for WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup).

Give yourself the freedom to print from virtually anywhere in the house with integrated wireless networking. The Premium e-All-in-One features integrated 802.11b/g/n wi-Fi technology to allow you to send documents to the printer in record time.**** And with built-in WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption, you can be sure that your data is secure.

Save Energy and Conserve Resources

HP Smart Web Printing improves printing from web pages. Reduce wasted paper and eliminate blank pages and right-edge clipping, while combining content and printing exactly what you want. Printing 2-up and 4-up prints (multiple pages on a single sheet of paper) helps to conserve resources.

Energy Star logo
Energy Star® Compliant

This ENERGY STAR®-compliant all-in-one meets the US Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines for energy efficiency and the EU's guidelines for the restriction of hazardous substances. Sleep mode is comparable with powering a clock radio.


Get free and easy recycling--cartridges returned through HP Planet Partners are recycled responsibly. HP never refills, resells or sends ink cartridges to a landfill. See for details.

Reduced Packaging

Reduces packaging and waste by using innovative reuseable bags.

Creative Software

Creative Software

HP Photo Creations is free software included in the box that lets you easily create photo books, calendars, collages, greeting cards and other keepsakes that can be printed at home or shipped to you.

Bring Memories to life

Like to get creative with your photos? With HP Photo Creations you can automatically make beautiful keepsakes with just a few mouse clicks; or you can take your time and customize your keepsakes with over 1,800 high quality artwork designs, 1,300 placeable graphics, placeable text boxes, custom fonts, borders, and dozens of photo editing tools

*Requires an Internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any Internet- and e-mail-capable device. Print times will vary based on connection speed and other factors. For details,
**HP ePrint provides convenience printing. When printing documents with ePrint, certain characteristics, such as formatting and text flow, may appear slightly different from the original.
***The HP ePrint email send solution is tested with popular email clients and sending devices. For details, visit:
****Wireless performance depends on physical environment and distance from access point.

Box Contains

  • CQ521B HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One (C410b)
  • HP 364 Black, Photo Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow Ink Cartridges
  • HP software CD
  • Basics guide
  • Power cord
  • Power supply
  • Phone cord
  • Reusable carrier bag
  • Reusable accessory bag

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    I ordered this after much deliberation;For years I used an HP Officejet 6110 that served me well. It was excellent value for money and simply wore out. The new HP Coloursmart Premium has extra bells and whistles and was easyto install.We used wireless connection and our desktop and laptop were set up without any problems. Just follow the wizard to the letter step by step.The colour production is very good, the machine is quiter and the improved controls feel familiar to a long time HP all in one user but are intuitive for a new user. One of the best innovations is the built in paper saving duplex (2 sided) printing facility. The HP brand convinced me to buy this product as well as the Apps that tempted me. The apps are a little oversold and dissapointing. They are basic but they work well;our first effort was a calendar print. I was pleased t see the individual ink carridges rather than an all in one colour cartridge. We are no longer heavy print users but this machine is fast enough for most small home office requirements and offers every function you could want. Jane tried printing from the SD card slot straight out of the camera - the photo of our grandson is framed already! One point, I wish HP had made the scanner lid adjustable to make copying from a book or booklet easier. The paper tray is an improvement. The HP solution centre loaded on setup is a development of their previous one and offers a one stop location for on screen controls. Our first impressions are excellent!
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    Read plenty of reviews before deciding on this model of printer but having made the decision that this would be best for us we are very pleased with it. We were able to set it up very quickly and easily and so far, have nothing bad to say about it. Love the copy facilty from the paper feeder on top. Back to back printing is also very useful and it's much quicker at printing than our older HP Photosmart printer. Will update further if we come across any bad points worth mentioning.
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    This HP Photosmart Premium is a great device for the money (Amazon selling about 50% off list when I bought one). I wanted it for my home office to replace a flatbed scanner (because I needed the desk space) and an old laser printer that was becoming uneconomic to use due to the price of toner cartridges. I chose this particular product mainly because my family could print directly from their iPhones and iPads via AirPrint.

    So far, I'm delighted with it. It is very easy to set up indeed and works flawlessly with all our devices on WiFi (Macs, PCs, iPhones and iPads). It's quiet compared to my old laser printer and surprisingly quick at printing textual documents. As is to be expected from an inkjet, the document print quality isn't quite as sharp as my old laser but its still good. An all-in-one is usually a compromise when compared with the best single purpose devices but for me the Photosmart is perfectly good enough at each task for my home office needs. I particularly like the sheet feeder because it makes scanning multi-page documents so much faster and convenient than my old flatbed scanner.

    Be aware that the printer has an embedded web server that allows you to administrate it from a browser. There is no security on this whatsoever. It doesn't require a login or use https assuming that if you got on the secure WiFi network then you are to be trusted. That's not a problem for me but might be an issue for some environments.

    The only minor criticism I have is that the tray extender you need to pull out to catch your printed A4 sheets is very flimsy and I can easily imagine someone accidentally breaking it when walking past or leaning over the device.

    I would recommend the Photosmart to anyone wanting an all-in-one device for a home office.
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    Receved this printer at the weekend. I bought it to replace an ageing HP printer for my Husband who has to scan quite a lot of documents. I was looking for a All-in-one printer able to scan both sides, if required, and print on both sides to save on paper.
    This printer has exceeded my expectations. It's classy looking, with great features that suit all my needs. Exceptionally easy to set-up and I had no trouble setting it up through my WiFi network and connecting to a Desktop running XP connected through a WiFI router and a WiFi enabled Laptop running Vista. EPrint facility worked a treat when tested (UK based). The quality of the prints is great although I've not done much in colour yet.

    Overall this printer represents great features at a reasonable price (look at Currys before buying from this site).
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    When it works, this printer is fantastic. It prints beautifully, it scans, it faxes, it works. Wait a while and then the wireless radio stops working or stops communicating with the network for no particular reason, and then you try cables and find you can't print through ethernet (it can't or loses network connection) or even by connecting the USB cable. The printer is suddenly recognized by your computer, and then it isn't. You read the forums, and contact tech support only to find that the solution works for an hour and then the printer reverts to a useless state. Sometimes, turning it on and off will bring it back, so scanning your old photos means scanning one - turn off - turn on- scan the next one-repeat. Definitely not practical. So much for replacing the old Epson units for a "networked" all-in-one, and for using the allegedly great AirPrint or HP E-print feature which I thought might be convenient.

    I bought two of these units and both have the same issues. Doing a full HP uninstall and reinstall sometimes works for a few days, until it doesn't. It's not just on Windows, but on the Mac as well that all these issues prop up. If you're on a Mac with the latest operating system, Snow Leopard, which was released August 28, 2009 (HELLO HP!!!!! 2009!!!!), you can't use the Scan-to-computer feature, but instead need to use either the HP scan software or your Mac's software to scan which means trips back and forth between printer and computer. So much for saving time and resources with this. Also, some of the HP software doesn't work on certain new Mac models, and though you can install through the network, don't. It's preferable to use the USB. It's been more reliable and worked for a lot longer.
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