The ePrintCenter is an online hub where you can view job history, change settings, add printers to your account, browse and install apps, and cancel print jobs. All the extra applications are free and HP breaks them down into categories within the App Store: entertainment, home, kids, news/blogs, photo, and tickets. Each one promises to streamline the printing experience by offering shortcuts to your favorite coupons, news articles, weather reports, recipes, and so on. HP tells me that it plans to release a Software Development Kit (SDK) in the near future so software engineers can design their own shortcut apps for the store.
Adding apps to the 7510's home screen is as simple as hitting the Get More button that takes you directly to the store to download new apps, rate them, and even add your own comments. The apps have potential, but prepare to battle long load times that require you to navigate through several submenu layers.
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 1,200-dpi resolution scanned and copied crisply rendered documents and this model can also send scans directly to a PC, a memory card, a network folder, an e-mail message, or even the cloud. Amateur photographers should also note that the 7510 doesn't include a separate USB port for PictBridge cameras, so you'll need to add an extra step to your process by removing the media and plugging it into the drive bay on the bottom of the machine.
In lab testing, the HP Photosmart 7510 printer registered scores slightly faster than the average for multifunction devices at the $150 price point. It churned out just over six pages of monochrome text, nearly four pages of color graphics, and screamed past the competition with 6.4 PowerPoint slides a minute. Slides notwithstanding, the 7510's scores trailed behind the performance of the Epson WorkForce 645, a top performer in this category, but the difference won't likely be visible to you unless you're printing a large stack of pages at once.
Thankfully, the Photosmart 7510 also doesn't sacrifice quality for speed. It produced crisp, dark black text even at smaller fonts where I would dare to compare its line work to that of a laser printer. Color graphics and photos exhibited accurate colors, though I found that copies of photos come out slightly blurry. That said, I recommend simply reprinting a photo from its digital source if you need another copy.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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HP backs the Photosmart 7510 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 Photosmart 7510 is an excellent printer for home offices and families that will take advantage of its wireless printing features like ePrint and Google Cloud Print. You can downgrade to the Photosmart 5510 if you don't see yourself using the ePrintCenter apps, but with more coming down the pike every day, it's worth it to put forth the extra $50 to make your purchase future-proof.
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