The latest in HP’s user-friendly Photosmart range, the sleek black HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One ought to blend nicely into any home office or living room.
At 146mm, the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One is not very tall, but it does still take up a fair amount of room for an inkjet. Taking pride of place in the centre of the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One is a full colour touchscreen. HP has long been at the forefront of touchscreen technology, and although the 5510’s 2.4in panel is neither as large or as fun to use as that of the best Lexmarks, it’s still a pleasure.
As with the other Photosmarts, the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One gives you access to HP’s Web Apps, from puzzles and calendars to forms and templates. And, of course, there’re a number of interesting ways in which to connect. Apple AirPrint lets machines on your 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi network connect seamlessly to the 5510, and even mobile devices can be hooked up.
Considering the attention paid to the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One’s appearance, it’s disappointing not to have a more robust paper feeding mechanism. Up to 80 sheets can be loaded into the bare input tray at the bottom of the printer. There isn’t a substantial output feeder though – it’s rated at no more than 15 - and the resulting sheets essentially come out on top of the input tray.
In practice, this is the sort of model that’ll be used mainly for odd prints rather than sizeable jobs, so the slightly flimsy output facilities are unlikely to be a significant issue. However, it’s worth bearing in mind if you’ll be regularly using the printer for big documents.
Besides the USB 2.0 and wireless connectivity options, the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One also has a memory card drive for Sony Memory Stick Duo and SD cards. Auto duplex isn’t included.
This being a MFD, the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One also offers scanning, and we found the quality of scans to be quite faithful, with much of the colour nicely reproduced.
HP’s performance figures for the HP are relatively modest, but we found the HP could get close to them. It notched up 7.6 pages per minute in the fastest mode, falling to 4.1ppm as we ratcheted up the quality.
Inkjets aren’t notable for their text quality, although the HP is reasonably dark and sharp. Perhaps more significantly, it offers great results in graphics work, offering palettes that fizz with colour and handle dithering well to give smooth colour gradients. And the speeds, starting at 4.2ppm and falling to just under half of that, are acceptable for an inkjet.
Running costs are fair. HP has altered the page yields on its high-capacity cartridges, so don’t be fooled by claims of 800 sheets for the black, for instance.
However, even with the new yields, 3.5p for a page of mono text is solid for a sub-£100 model. Photo models like the Epson Stylus SX525WD, though, offers considerably better value in print pricing.
Colour is more competitive with the HP, though. Its 7.6p a page makes the HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One cheaper to run for colour printing than the Epson.