HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One Printer

6/16/2012 2:44:05 PM
If you need something to remind how cheap ink-ket printers have become, HP Photosmart 5510 MFP is a proof. It is not very expensive in HP’s product series, but it has a combination between printer and scanner, color touch-screen, memory card reader, and wireless network interface. Also, it is cheaper than even a petrol tank. Like other cheap products, we always want to ask where the disadvantages are.

Description: HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One Printer

However, first it does not sound like that. This is a small smart device completely suitable for a home office or student’s bedroom. Though it is not as gaudy as some other HP’s more expensive MFTs, it has small and simple touch-screen and does not try to imitate iPhone’s touch-based data method, and this is good for it.

This is a printer easy to set up and print directly from smartphone using HP Android app and ePrint service. However, we do not like HP’s PC setting program or the fact that its default includes Microsoft Bing search bar. Although it can be deselect in custom setup option, we are still not very enthusiastic about the printer’s driver or scan interface, both of which are essential to use the product.

At the fisrt glance, the printer’s driver may be easy to use, but in fact, it is over-simplified, with common options like non-margin printing hiden in the Advanced Options dialogue box that is not very friendly. Standard interface lets you choose one of the three printing quality presets, or choose custom setups – however, when we chose Custom, 3 other settings were disabled, so we could not change our mind without escaping from the printing dialogue box.

Description: HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One Printer

Like the printer’s driver, scan interface is quite simple. The first step is choosing preset setting like Color Document or Photo, then click on Scan, and you will be taken to the preview screen – unless you feel lucky enough to deselect the option and create a scan. Our main complaint about software is that although advanced settings are available, they are not very advanced. For example, there is no option to turn off the processing apllied automatically on images, and you can only choose certain resolutions. Image quality is acceptable, except from the proof of sharpening that we have seen from many other HP scanners.

Results from the printer were more positive, with clear text, dark graphic on plain paper, and nice image on white paper. The most noteworthy problems were that little detail is lost in the blue sky of a picture, and calibration is a bit askew when the 6x4inch photo printing paper is used.

This is a good MFP for daily work, but its software is disappointing. Epson and Canon products are much better in this field.


Verdict. An attractive, cheap, and competitive MFP reduced in value due to over-simplified printing and scanning softwares

4-color ink-jet MFP. 4,800 x 1,200dpi printing resolution, 11ppm maximum speed (mono), 8ppm maximum speed (color), 1,200dpi scan resolution, USB interface and 802.11n wireless, 146 x 436 x 325mm, one-year RTB warranty

Power consumption. 1W – standby mode, 4W – free, 17 – on mode

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Price: $75


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