The HP Photosmart vs. Deskjet

By Dan Wonder

Hewlett-Packard offers printers for all types of businesses. Some are relatively affordable, yet have a great collection of features or functions. Part of HP’s line-up of thermal inkjet printers brands are Photosmart and Deskjet. Both brands offer similar features, but with some notable differences that may tip the scale when it comes to choosing your office printer.


HP’s Photosmart brand was initially for HP’s digital camera line-up. However, on November 7, 2007, HP announced that it will seek an alternative business model for its cameras. This announcement came almost six months after the company revealed its "Print 2.0" strategy to make HP printing easier, faster and more cost-effective than ever. Although HP’s camera line-up was discontinued, the company retained the Photosmart name for its upgraded printing initiative. As of April 2013, the Deskjet line still denotes HP’s regular inkjet printers, while the Photosmart stays true to its heritage as the inkjet printing brand specified for creating lab-quality, fade-resistant photos.

HP Photosmart

As of April 2013, there are three HP Photosmart printers: HP Photosmart 5520, HP Photosmart 6520 and HP Photosmart 7520. HP designs them as "e-All-in-One" printers, which means that they can print, scan and copy images or documents using built-in HP ePrint wireless technology. HP adds fax capability on the 5520 and 7520. Each printer has two-sided printing and a USB 2.0 port for connecting to another USB-compatible device like a computer or digital camera. There's a memory card slot on Photosmart printers for inserting your Secure Digital cards and printing your saved photos. Each Photosmart printer has a color graphics touchscreen, diagonally measuring 2.65 inches on the 5520, 3.45 inches on the 6520 and 4.33 inches on the 7520.

HP Deskjet

As of April 2013, Deskjet also offers three printers: HP Deskjet 1000, HP Deskjet 3510 and HP Deskjet 3520. The 1000 is a regular printer that lacks e-Print technology. The other two are e-All-in-One printers, with wireless print, scan and copy capabilities. All Deskjet printers have a USB port for wired function and a 2-inch Hi-Res Mono LCD screen display. However, they lack the Secure Digital memory card slot of the Photosmart printers. The 3520 is the only Deskjet printer with two-sided printing capability.


As of April 2013, the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of the HP Photosmart line are around $130 for the 5520, $150 for the 6520 and $200 for the 7520. The retail prices for the HP Deskjet line are about $30 for the 1000, $80 for the 3510 and $100 for the 3520.