HP Of­ficeJet 7510

Tech Advisor - - REVIEWS - Cliff Joseph

Most A3 print­ers are ex­pen­sive de­vices aimed at de­sign­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers who need to pro­duce colour proofs of their work. How­ever, HP de­scribes its Of­ficeJet 7510 as a ‘per­sonal print shop’ that is af­ford­able enough even for home users and small busi­nesses who need to pro­duce A3 posters, brochures and other mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als.

It’s cer­tainly good value for money, cost­ing just £129, for a multi-func­tion de­vice that in­cludes 600x1200dpi printer, scan­ner and copier, and fax ma­chine. There’s a 35-sheet doc­u­ment feeder, eth­er­net, USB and Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, and sup­port for Ap­ple’s AirPrint for iOS de­vices. The only real omis­sion is lack of full du­plex (two-sided) print­ing – although there is a man­ual du­plex op­tion if you don’t mind stand­ing by the printer and turn­ing the pages over by hand.

The 250-sheet in­put tray should be large enough for most small busi­nesses, and can be ad­justed for sizes from 4x6in post­cards up to full A3. How­ever, there’s only one in­put tray, which means that you’ll prob­a­bly use the Of­ficeJet 7510 as a con­ven­tional A4 printer most of the time and just switch to A3 pa­per ev­ery now and then.

In­evitably, an A3 printer such as this is go­ing to be bulky. HP has re­duced the size of the Of­ficeJet 7510 as much as pos­si­ble by hav­ing the pa­per in­put tray pro­ject out from the front of the printer by sev­eral inches – rather than be­ing housed en­tirely in­side the main body of the printer – but you’ll still need a pretty big and sturdy desk to sup­port it.

Our only other con­cern about the de­sign of the Of­ficeJet 7510 was that the print-head mech­a­nism where you in­sert the ink car­tridges felt rather flimsy, and the large me­tal springs in the print-head look like an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

Per­for­mance when print­ing A4 doc­u­ments is re­spectable for a printer in this price range, at 12.5 pages per minute for mono text and 7.5ppm for text and colour graph­ics. Text qual­ity was very good – not quite up to laser-printer stan­dards, but more than ad­e­quate for most rou­tine print­ing tasks.

The Of­ficeJet 7510 did slow down a bit when step­ping up to A3 for­mat, tak­ing 30 sec­onds to print a poster con­tain­ing text and colour graph­ics, but that’s still fine if you’re just us­ing A3 print­ing ev­ery now and then. Photo out­put was also a lit­tle slug­gish, at 50 sec­onds for a sin­gle 4x6in print on glossy pa­per, but the qual­ity was ex­tremely good, and the use of sep­a­rate car­tridges for the cyan, ma­genta, yel­low and black inks en­sures that you only need to re­place in­di­vid­ual inks as they run out.

We were also pleas­antly sur­prised by the cost of the re­place­ment ink car­tridges. HP only sells a sin­gle size of car­tridge for the Of­ficeJet 7510, but the black car­tridge costs £17 and lasts for about 1000 A4 pages, which works out at a very com­pet­i­tive 1.7p per page. The colour car­tridges cost £9 each – or £27 for all three – and last for 825 pages. That comes to just 3.3p per page for A4 colour print­ing, and gives the Of­ficeJet 7510 some of the most com­pet­i­tive run­ning costs we’ve seen for quite a while.

Ver­dict

Many low-cost print­ers end up sad­dling you with high run­ning costs be­cause of the high price of re­place­ment ink car­tridges, but that isn’t the case with the Of­ficeJet 7510. It’s not the fastest printer around – and de­sign­ers who need to meet tight dead­lines may pre­fer a faster, more spe­cial­ized A3 printer – but its high qual­ity, low run­ning costs and ver­sa­tile A3 print­ing op­tion make it a great choice for any small busi­ness that needs to pro­duce oc­ca­sional A3 posters and brochures.

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