HP Photosmart eStation C510

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 8.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

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.

Design
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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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $488
  • Brand HP
  • Type fax / copier / printer / scanner
  • Type Multifunction printer
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Optical Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi
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