HP Photosmart 5510 review

24 Jan 2012

Small, sleek and perfectly good enough for most home users – a bargain of an all-in-one

Price when reviewed: 
50(£50 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

An all-in-one needn’t be perfect: a low price and adequate quality will suffice for many. Step forward the remarkable HP Photosmart 5510, which manages to retain a good deal of what’s right about the rest of the Photosmart range, but in a device that costs a mere £50.

To hit that low price, HP has stripped it of extras, so there’s no duplex module, the input and output trays hold only 80 and 15 sheets respectively, and its big tablet-style interface looks a bit odd with a tiny 2.4in screen in the middle of it. But that doesn’t mean this is a low-end device. It’s a touchscreen, albeit with a rather cramped menu system, and you get Wi-Fi to go with the standard USB connection. It’s also compact and rather stylish, with its matte finish and rounded pebble shape, which we don’t generally expect for this kind of money.

HP Photosmart 5510

The 5510 uses four inks, and it will accept the XL variety to reduce A4 page costs to a reasonable 2.2p for mono and 6.6p for colour. A 6 x 4in photo costs a middling 19.1p.

But it isn’t quite the same print engine as the dearer Photosmarts: HP makes far lower claims for its speed than with the 7510, and our measured output rates of 10.5ppm for mono and 5ppm for colour bear that out. Where it loses further ground is in the scan tests, with the 5510 taking 26 seconds for an A4 300ppi capture and 43 seconds for a 6 x 4in capture at 600ppi – that's slow by any standards.

The quality holds up to the budget cuts far better than the pace, with photos looking almost identical to the dearer 7510. Text is the one print test where the 5510 falters, but a bit of minor spidering isn’t a disaster. More importantly, its scans meet HP’s usual high standards, beating far dearer devices for sharpness, colour tone and quality. It's a superb imaging device.

It’s tempting to say you should spend more on a higher-end device if you can afford to, but the truth of the matter is that for an awful lot of home users the Photosmart 5510 will be more than good enough. It’s compact and stylish enough for a living room, it’s cheap to buy and not too dear to run, and for the majority of purposes its output is great. At this price it's a steal.

Details

Price ex VAT £42
Price inc VAT £50
Performance 5
Features & Design 3
Value for Money 6

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 4800 x 1200dpi
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed 22PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function no

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 2.2p
Cost per A4 colour page 6.6p

Power and noise

Dimensions 436 x 325 x 146mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Copier rated mono speed 22cpm
Copier rated colour speed 21cpm
Fax? no
Fax speed N/A
Fax page memory N/A

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 58s
A4 photo print time 2min 26s
Mono print speed (measured) 10.5ppm
Colour print speed 5.0ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
CD/DVD printing? no
Input tray capacity 80 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? no
PictBridge port? yes

Flash media

SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader no
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader no
USB flash drive support? yes
Other memory media support MMC

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Other operating system support OS X 10.5+
Software supplied HP Photo Creations

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