HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One review: HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One

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.

Performance
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.

Printing speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation Speed (PPM)  
Photo Speed (1 Sheet)  
Color Graphics Speed (PPM)  
Text Speed (PPM)  
Epson Stylus NX430
4.43 
0.86 
4.63 
14.11 
Lexmark Interpret S405
3.29 
1.71 
3.4 
7.65 
HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One
4.29 
1.55 
3.7 
6.23 
Canon Pixma MX410
2.34 
1.74 
2.03 
6.08 
HP Deskjet 3050
2.42 
0.76 
1.73 
5.09 

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.

Conclusion
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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HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One

Part Number: CQ176A
MSRP: $123.00 Low Price: $225.94 See all prices

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  • Type printer / copier / scanner
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Max Original Size 8.5 in x 11.7 in
  • Optical Resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Functions printer
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