HardwareFrom a purely aesthetic point of view, this printer isn't comparable to the elegance you get with Canon machines. Here in editorial it has been compared to the Marina from the 80s because of its size (45.5 x 45 x 22 cm and 8.4 Kg) and unusual architecture. However, like all the others in the range, this Photosmart is a real pleasure to use. It’s very intuitive and the user is nicely guided in spite of the multitude of features. It really is child’s play and setting up the wi-fi connection is no exception to the rule.
You work your way around the menu using a very responsive touchscreen on the front of the printer. It also has a USB connection but you need a wi-fi connection to consult the on-board applications and print straight from the printer. You’ll also need wi-fi to use the eFax feature to send a fax without a phone line. This feature is available on a free trial limited to 300 copies in 30 days.
The Photosmart 7510 also offers double-sided across all modes (prints, copies) and a Memory Stick Duo and SD card reader.
Scrollable 4.5-inch touch screen
There are five separate cartridges in the belly of the machine, with a black photo cartridge in addition to the standard colours.
The cartridges are easily accessible and easy to change
The Photosmart 7510 has two paper loaders, one for standard paper (125 sheets) and the other for photo paper (25 sheets), which is practical.
|Paper loader with photo paper loader open||Paper loader with photo paper loader closed|
There’s an applications store that can be accessed from the ‘Get more’ icon. With a diverse and varied range available, these applications can be added to the basic interface (the scroll bar) as required.
We tested the following for you:
Disney, Dreamworks, Aol Kids and Crayola: colourings for children
Forms (notebook paper, calendar, graphics paper, music paper, fax flyleaf)
Snapfish, Picasa or, less well known, Photobucket and SmugMug: to gain direct access to your photo accounts and print straight from them
Travel guide (ArrivalGuides.com): a little lite, not the best
Mappy: print itineraries
Culture24: for trips to London
Yahoo! Digest: news summary
Weathernews: weather for the day/week
bing: rapid access to maps and directions
Halloween: illustrations of pumpkins and other themed calendars
Suduko: games we all know
Last fm: gigs and artist information, photos of favourite artists
Last fm: for printing photos of artists
Howcast: popular videos of very relative interest
Free-scores: musical scores
Tabbloid: turn your favourite feeds into a personal magazine
And finally: Facebook!
Connect to https://www.facebook.com/device, enter a code and the printer recognizes your account. Every step you have to follow is clearly indicated and the printer prints the codes the user needs to set your account up properly.
Once you have accessed your content, all the photos stored on your facebook account are displayed on the printer, along with a ‘print’ button.
Applications can be downloaded straight from the Internet and are regularly updated.
SpeedWith decent speeds both for office documents and photo prints, the 7510 is faster than the Photosmart Plus (210a) which manages 10 pages per minute colour and 13 ppm black & white and a good deal faster than the Epson Stylus SX440W, which, under the same conditions, prints at 4 and 8 pages per minute. As always, using the double-sided feature brings down the number of pages per minute. Here you’ll get 4 ppm for either colour or black and white.
While HP printers are strong when it comes to hardware and connectivity, they lag a bit when it comes to quality. The main problem that undermines legibility is however still the same: the size of the droplets is much too large as you can see in our test graph – the problem is amplified here as the image below has been enlarged x 3. At normal size, when you have the printed document in hand, the droplets are slightly less visible but leave an impression of a lack of precision. Apart from this, the shading, colour accuracy and character sharpness are all good.
Average deltaE 94 (colour difference): 9.7
The higher the value, the lower the accuracy.
For comparison, good screens score under 3.
Photo quality is good but not on a par with the pro quality you get with the Epson Stylus Photo. On this enlargement you can see the size of droplets but to the eye this effect is much less marked. This printer will be fine for occasional photo printing.
The graph below shows dominant blue and green and this is particularly visible on black & white photo prints.
Average deltaE 94 (colour difference): 7.2
Scanner and copierAs with the other functions, the scanner and copier modes have lots of features. All are simple to use with clear instructions for newbies. A scan can be sent to a computer connected to the printer or to your correspondent by mail and you can also send a scan straight to a memory card in the printer.
In copy mode, the printer can display a preview on the printer screen. You then simply have to determine the number of copies and choose ‘colour’ or ‘black & white’. Those who want to play with the settings can opt for double-sided, different quality levels and paper formats and types. A settings improvement option allows you to select mixed, photo or text. We carried out our tests in standard mode and both copy print speed (19 seconds colour and black & white) and quality are decent. Colour accuracy isn't bad, with a relatively low colour difference (4.2).
Average deltaE 94 (colour difference): 4.2
The printer consumes 3 Watts in standby and 19 Watts when printing. These figures are on a par with many other models, though standby consumption is under 1 W on the Photosmart 6510. Noise levels are fairly low at 47 dB(A) – this figure represents the average between photo prints (always noisier than text, and office documents).
Energy consumption & Noise levels
Cost per page: 10 pence per page with XLs
There are two sets of cartridges: standard and XL. The XLs imply a bigger initial outlay of course but give you a better deal if you’re using your printer regularly. Cost per page is comparable to other models on the market. To give you an idea of what else is around, Canon is at 9.1 pence (no XL format, 5 cartridges) on the Pixma MG5350 and Brother at 9.8 pence for the MFC-J825DW.
ISO lifespan for text - XL cartridges
|Cartridge||Price||ISO lifespan||Cost per page|
|364 XL (black)||£20||550||3.6 pence|
|364 XL (cyan)||£15||750||2 pence|
|364 XL (magenta)||£15||750||2 pence|
|364 XL (yellow)||£15||750||2 pence|
|364 XL (photo black)||£15||3 500||0.4 pence|
- Wi-fi + double-sided / eFax
- Low cost per page
- Multitude of connected applications, printing straight from printer
- Large, responsive touchscreen
- Double paper loader (photo and standard)
- Very easy to use
- Print quality could be improved
- Applications not always pertinent
The Photosmart 7510 has plenty of cards to play. Very well equipped on the hardware side and with plenty of features, it goes further than most inkjets and is disconcertingly simple to use. Don’t expect optimum print quality however as here it's just below average.