Since this is a $99 model, HP omits the ability to register the printer with the company's ePrintCenter app store online. Units higher up in the Photosmart and Officejet line include the ability to download a suite of apps designed to increase workflow and offer bite-size entertainment for easy printing directly through the display, but the use of such apps would require more screen real estate that would bump up the price well over the $100 mark.
The standard flatbed scanner/copier measures 8.5 inches by 11.7 inches, but I was disappointed to find that the hardware omits a hinge that some may find necessary to scan thicker media such as books and multipage documents. Regardless, its 2,400-dpi resolution scanned and copied documents that looked crisp and sharp, and this model can also send scans directly to a PC or a memory card.
In lab testing, the HP Photosmart 5510 printer registered scores slightly faster than the average for multifunction devices at the $100 price point. It churned out just over five pages of monochrome text, two pages of color graphics, and about two and a half PowerPoint slides per minute. Those speeds trailed the performance of the Epson Stylus NX430, a top performer in this category, but outpaced similarly priced MFPs like the Canon Pixma MX410. It also clearly outclassed an entry-level, two-tank MFP, the HP Deskjet 3050, which shows the performance you gain as you scale up HP Photosmart line.
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The Photosmart 5510's speed doesn't sacrifice quality. It produced crisp, dark black text, which was clearly superior to the NX430's text quality. Color graphics and photos exhibited accurate colors, though I found that copies of photos came out slightly blurry. That said, I recommend simply reprinting a photo from its digital source if you need another copy.
Service and support
HP backs the Photosmart 5510 with a standard one-year warranty that includes 24-7 toll-free phone support and live Web chat during weekdays. HP's Web site also contains downloadable drivers, software, and manuals; e-mail tech support; FAQs; and a troubleshooting guide. You can return the product within 21 days of delivery.
The HP Photosmart 5510 is a worthwhile purchase if you can acquire it for less than the $100 retail tag. Among HP's competition at its list price, the Epson Stylus NX430 is a better option that gets pages out faster with the added benefits of manual double-sided printing and a larger paper input capacity tray. If you have your choice between both at the same price, your money is better spent on the Epson Stylus NX430.
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