The Good ePrint feature enables wireless printing by e-mail with online job monitor; detachable Zeen tablet.
The Bad Android-based tablet can't access Android Marketplace; onscreen menu lacks print progress tools; problematic Zeen prone to touch-screen mistakes, system hang-ups, and browser process errors; lacks proper setup instructions.
The Bottom Line For all the cool points the HP Photosmart eStation C510 earns for Web-connectivity features like ePrint and the detachable Android-powered Zeen, we're holding off on our recommendation until HP drops the price and fixes the user interface bugs and network errors that marred our testing.
HP Photosmart eStation C510
The HP Photosmart eStation C510 is an extension of HP's efforts to include Web-connectivity across its line of printers. With a detachable 7-inch Android-powered tablet that lets you surf the Web, browse Facebook, and access the Barnes & Noble eBook store, the device is clearly targeted at the home user who values the printed page and instant-on Internet access for what HP calls "snacked-on" content: things like e-mail, RSS feeds, quick snapshot photo edits, and more. While we value HP's effort to untether the printer from a computer, the C510 is pricey at $399 and the device is marred by a cumbersome connection process, and a finicky, underwhelming tablet. With Google and other services offering their own cloud-based printing solutions, you'll enjoy better functionality and more entertainment with a dedicated tablet PC and a standalone all-in-one printer.
The C510 comprises a base unit and the corresponding 7-inch touch-screen monitor HP calls the Zeen that acts as a control panel for the printing functions. The Zeen sits in a dock that doubles as a recharging station, and the right side of the printer is blank except for a small power button and two Wi-Fi status LEDs on the right side.
The printer alone is similar to HP's other multifunction models, with a scanner lid on top, a five-ink cartridge bay hidden inside, and a dual paper tray below with separate drawers for full-size paper and smaller sheets of photo paper.
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