HP Photosmart 6510 review: HP Photosmart 6510

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The Good Great print quality; Duplex printing support; Excellent Web features; Great touchscreen display.

The Bad No automatic document feeder; Sluggish photo printing.

The Bottom Line The HP Photosmart 6510 produces great quality printouts and has some neat Web features, but we're not convinced there's enough on offer here to justify the price premium over the 5510 model.

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HP's Photosmart 6510 is a sibling to the Photosmart 5510. Both models share support for Cloud Printing and Apple's AirPrint, as well as HP's Web Apps. This model also has a duplexer for double-sided printing and a separate photo tray, so you don’t have to unload your A4 sheets when you want to print some snaps.

It's significantly more expensive, though, as it retails for around £130 online. Is it worth the extra outlay?

Squat design

The 6510 has a short and squat design but is quite wide at 436mm, so you'll need to give over plenty of deskspace to it. HP has used a combination of glossy and matte black plastic on the finish, and the overall look is stylish, if a little unshowy.

What we do love is the large 3.5-inch touchscreen, which can be tilted forwards and backwards for the best viewing angle. The touchscreen is crisp and bright, and is also responsive to the touch, so it makes the printer a doddle to set-up and use.

To the left of the touchscreen, tucked away behind a small plastic flap, you'll find a card reader that supports Memory Stick and SD cards, but unfortunately HP hasn’t added a PictBridge-compatible USB port.

Unlike the 5510, this model has a cassette-type paper feeder that has a standard paper compartment at the bottom and a photo paper tray at the top. Printouts are delivered onto a flip-out tray that's formed partly from the top of the paper feeder. Unfortunately, this feels very flimsy and we're not confident that it will withstand many bumps or scrapes.

HP's Photosmart 6510
HP's Photosmart 6510 is quite wide, so you'll need to devote a chunk of deskspace to it.

Speedy set-up

As soon as you power up the printer, the install wizard fires up on its touchscreen display. This guides you through the entire set-up process, from inserting the ink cartridges to adding photo paper to the paper feeder. As a result, the set-up is very quick and painless.

You can choose to connect the printer to your computer either via USB or Wi-Fi. It's best to use Wi-Fi as you'll be able to take advantage of some of this model's key advantages. For example, if it's working over Wi-Fi, it means you can print directly to it from any iOS device, including iPhones and iPads, without having to install extra software.

You can also set it up to work with HP's ePrint and Google's Cloud Printing services. The former lets you email documents and photos to the printer from any device, while the latter allows you to print from Google Web-based apps like Google Docs and Gmail.