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HP PSC 2510 review: HP PSC 2510

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MSRP: $427.00

The Good Excellent photo print quality; good text and graphics print quality; true fax capabilities; wireless and wired network ready; color LCD preview screen.

The Bad Expensive; slow print speeds; fair scan quality.

The Bottom Line Built-in network capabilities and a competitive price make the HP PSC 2510 Photosmart multifunction printer a good value for small businesses.

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7.6 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 7
  • Support 7

Review summary

HP's PSC 2510 Photosmart all-in-one integrates photo-quality printing, faxing, scanning, and copying into one seamless and easy-to-use device. Unfortunately, this inkjet multifunction printer is a jack-of-all-trades but a master of only a few. While we obtained excellent photo quality and fast photocopying speeds, we also experienced abysmally slow print and scan speeds, plus some blurry scanned text and slightly imperfect printed text. The news isn't all bad, however; the PSC 2510 includes wireless 802.11b capabilities, an Ethernet jack, and full standalone fax capabilities right out of the box. The built-in network features and the fax capabilities alone make the PSC 2510 a good value for small businesses that want a photo-quality multifunction printer but don't need speed. Multifunction printers, which combine various hardware components into one unit, never win beauty contests. The HP PSC 2510 is no exception, although its sleek silver accents, pop-up 2.5-inch color LCD screen, and classic-HP stacked input/output tray give it a touch of style. Measuring 19 inches by 15.4 inches by 9.3 inches (W, D, H) and weighing a mere 20 pounds, the PSC 2510 is about average size.

The color LCD serves two purposes: it displays digital images from the media cards you insert into the printer (CompactFlash Types I/II, SmartMedia, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, and xD), and it shows menu options for each of the PSC 2510's many functions. Right below the LCD live buttons for scan, photo, copy, and fax menus, along with a navigational cluster for getting around within said menus. Below that, four buttons automatically launch the most often used photo features: Slide Show, which presents the images in a predetermined order; E-mail, which sends via e-mail the photo that's currently displayed; Rotate, which changes the orientation of an image; and Proof Sheet, which automatically prints a sheet of thumbnail photos.

Finally, there's a numeric keypad on the front panel to use the PSC 2510 as a standalone fax machine. This is an important distinction, considering that most multifunction printers these days offer only computer-based faxing, while some, such as the Epson RX500, have a keypad but require you to install your own computer fax software. The HP PSC 2510 Photosmart provides several built-in small-office features that cost extra elsewhere. For example, the PSC 2510 includes support for Ethernet (HP provides the Ethernet cable) and 802.11b-enabled wireless networks. The PSC 2510 also bundles a 33.6Kbps fax modem and full-function standalone fax software, which is a rarity. HP even includes a phone cord for the built-in telephone jack.

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