HP PSC 1510 All-in-One
The HP PSC 1510 all-in-one printer has some nice touches, including a removable flatbed scanner lid, standalone copying, a PictBridge camera port, and unbeatable 24-hour support. But in exchange for the low purchase price, you'll suffer sluggish photo printing and having to manually swap ink cartridges. You may also need to put up with some design problems, such as a flimsy output tray and a confusing control panel. But if you're a photo hobbyist and have a PictBridge-compatible digital camera, this is a fun machine to have around the home for occasional printing, scanning, and copying. If you'd rather have an all-in-one with digital memory card slots, check out the .
The HP PSC 1510 all-in-one sports a glossy two-tone gray body and rounded edges. This lightweight 11.2-pound multifunction is a compact 17.1 inches wide and 16 inches high, but its length roughly doubles to 23.1 inches when you flip down and fully extend the front paper tray. Up to 50 printouts land atop the 100-sheet paper tray, but you'll need to extend the tray to keep these printouts from falling over the edge.
The control-panel buttons atop the HP PSC 1510 are the same size and color, which doesn't help to distinguish the functions. While the LED is backlit, glare from overhead lights makes it hard to read unless you stand over it. Luckily, the flatbed scanner lid detaches so you can easily scan books. On the right side of the machine, a flip-down panel opens to reveal the black and tricolor ink cartridges. To get six-ink photo prints, you need to swap the black cartridge for the optional photo ink cartridge--an awkward yet common step for budget color inkjets.
The HP PSC 1510 offers what you would expect for its price, but if you have extra cash and want extra features, such as faxing options, a straight paper path, or a manual feed slot, then you should look at a higher-end machine such as the. If you don't have a PictBridge camera, you might want to consider a budget all-in-one with a display that previews your photos, such as the .
You can use the HP PSC 1510 to copy, scan, and print text and photos. Without a computer, the 1510 makes copies at a range of quality settings. Plug in your PictBridge digital camera via the 1510's front USB port to print photos.
Connect the HP 1510 to your computer, and one-button scanning brings up a tweakable preview; however, this process was sluggish on our Windows XP machine (you may need to reset the scanning defaults to improve the speed). Scanned images appear inside HP's Image Zone program, where you can adjust color, brightness, and orientation. You can scan to e-mail and to apps such as Microsoft Word and(the 1510 comes with a trial version), or share images with others via an ad-laden e-mail template on HP's photo Web site. Image Zone even lets you create photo-album pages, DVD covers, and panoramas that stitch together multiple images. For complete software support as well as ReadIris optical character recognition (OCR) software, choose the Full installation, but be wary: we've had problems with HP's bloated all-in-one software package hogging PC resources.
As with most inkjets, ink costs may quickly surpass the 1510's price. The ink tanks offer a low yield of 210 pages for the $14.99 black cartridge and 160 pages for the $19.99 color one. Per-page costs thus run a moderate 7.1 cents per black page and a pricier 12.5 cents for color. Higher-capacity black ink cartridges cost $19.99 with a yield of 450 pages, or 4.4 cents per page. Tricolor ink cartridges cost $24.99 for a yield of 260 pages, or about 9.6 cents per sheet. The photo ink cartridge costs $24.99, but HP doesn't estimate how long it will last. For cheaper consumables, you might want to spring for the.