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HP Photosmart 5510 review

Verdict

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

Review Date: 24 Jan 2012

Reviewed By: David Bayon

Price when reviewed: £42 (£50 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £153
(see more store prices)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
3 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

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.

Author: David Bayon

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User comments

All-in-ones

While this review is interesting, I am very disappointed that reviews of stand-alone printers and scanners seem to have been axed. Persaonally I have separate units in order to have the best of both worlds.

By MauriceS on 26 Jan 2012

Wonky allignment

I bought one of these based on the strength of the review and am mildly disappointed that all A4 prints come out wonky. The plastic paper guides aren't straight and a Google search reveals this is a generic issue. The buyer comments on Amazon.co.uk also highlight this. While I didnt buy this as a photo printer, I am also a bit disappointed with the quality of photos. It's a nice looking unit, and set up was easy, but the alignment issue is almost unforgivable and from my research, a frequently occuring fault.

By philiplgbennett on 30 Jan 2012

Wonky allignment

I bought one of these based on the strength of the review and am mildly disappointed that all A4 prints come out wonky. The plastic paper guides aren't straight and a Google search reveals this is a generic issue. The buyer comments on Amazon.co.uk also highlight this. While I didnt buy this as a photo printer, I am also a bit disappointed with the quality of photos. It's a nice looking unit, and set up was easy, but the alignment issue is almost unforgivable and from my research, a frequently occuring fault.

By philiplgbennett on 30 Jan 2012

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