Like Epson and Canon, HP has an illustrious tradition of producing printers aimed at the professional printing market which includes freelance designers and photographers. In the previous years, these printers used to be expensive to buy and operate.
HP proclaims its new OfficeJet 7510 as a ‘personal print shop’ that is affordable for home users and small businesses who need to produce A3 posters, brochures and other marketing materials.
At first sight, it certainly appears to be good value for money. A full-fledged multi-function device, the 600x1200dpi printer is accompanied by a scanner, copier and a fax machine. It has a 35-sheet document feeder. Connectivity comes in the form of Ethernet, USB and Wi-Fi plus support for Apple’s AirPrint for iOS devices.
Although targeted at the professional market, it does not include an automatic duplex printing option. The only way to print on both sides is to manually turn over the printed page and start the printing again.
The 250-sheet input tray is large enough for most small businesses and it can be adjusted for different sizes from 6×4 postcards up to a full A3. There is only one input tray. So you will need to change the print paper every time you need to print in a different size.
The HP printer comes with a handy touchscreen. This allows you to connect the printer to your Wi-Fi network as well as set it up initially after installing the print cartridges. HP supplies four colour cartridges for the OfficeJet 7510, all of them of the same size. The cartridge trays are colour coded, making them easy to install and remove.
The OfficeJet 7510 is not the smallest printer we have seen. Its A3 printing capability obviously makes it bulkier than the more common A4 printers.The scanner included with the OfficeJet 7510 is not the best we have seen. The bundled scanning software is also very rudimentary, lacking quality presets. This is rather surprising, considering the printer’s target market. In our tests, we found that the more consumer-focused Pixma G3000 from Canon produced better quality scans than the OfficeJet 7510.
BASIC PRINTING FEATURES
The printer driver is also rather basic. It has a clunky interface and you need to spend some time there to set the best printing quality and paper sizes.
Overall print quality varies between acceptable to good. The OfficeJet 7510’s real forte is in black and white text printing. Even under magnification, the letters looked sharp with very little smudging. But even when using glossy HP photo paper, colour reproduction was not quite as good. Again, compared to the Canon G3000, the photos produced by the OfficeJet 7510 looked slightly dull and washed out.
The OfficeJet 7510 is a fast printer. This is particularly true in its draft print mode. So it is ideal for an office with a heavy print load. Its low running costs make it more attractive.
Verdict: A versatile and affordable A3 printer suitable for small office and home users.
Total Score: 8.2
Print speed black: Up to 15 ppm
Print speed colour: Up to 8 ppm
Duty cycle (monthly, A4): Up to 12,000 pages
Print technology: HP Thermal Inkjet
Colour resolution: Up to 4800 x 1200 optimised dpi colour
Black resolution: Up to 600 x 1200 dpi
Display: 6.73 cm (2.65″) LCD (colour) with IR touchscreen function
Processor speed: 500MHz
Number of print cartridges: Four (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)