An all-in-one printer that is efficient and affordable
Are you looking for a cheap printer with low running costs and the ability to print A3? Read our HP OfficeJet 7510 review.
This printer’s ability to print A3 would normally mean that it would be an expensive device aimed at designers and photographers who need to produce colour proofs of their work. However, HP describes its new OfficeJet 7510 all-in-one printer as a ‘personal print shop’ that is affordable for use at home and for small businesses who need to produce A3 posters, brochures and other marketing materials.
For a multi-functioning device that includes 600x 1200dpi printer, scanner and copier, and fax machine at the price of £129 (inc.VAT), it’s certainly good value for money and cost-effecient. It comprises of a 35-sheet document feeder, Ethernet, USB and wifi connectivity, and support for Apple’s AirPrint for iOS devices. An important point to add though is the overlook of the printer’s ability to print full duplex (two-sided) – although there is a manual duplex option if you don’t mind standing by the printer and turning the pages over by hand.
Inevitably, any A3 printer is expected to be fairly 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 it still requires a large and durable desk to support it.
The performance of this device when printing A4 documents is 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.
This printer 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 are not using A3 printing regularly. Photo output was also a little slower, at 50 seconds for a single 4×6 print on glossy paper, but the quality was exceptionally 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.
What’s more pleasing is the low cost of the replacement ink cartridges. HP only sells a single size of cartridge for the OfficeJet 7510, but the black cartridge costs £17.00 and lasts for about 1000 A4 pages, which works out at a very competitive 1.7p per page. The colour cartridges cost £9.00 each – or £27.00 for all three – and last for 825 pages. That averages to just 3.3p per page for A4 colour printing, and gives the OfficeJet 7510 some of the most competitive running costs.
Overall, many low-cost printers end up expensive 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 most time-efficient printer around but its high quality, low running costs and adaptable A3 printing option make the OfficeJet 7510 a great choice for any small business that needs to produce occasional A3 posters and brochures.
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