HP Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One - Setup and Testing

Article Index
HP Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One
Features and Specifications
Setup and Testing
Software Action
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Printer Setup:

Once you get the HP 6510 e all-in-One printer out of all its protective gear, you can see its very well built.  The first thing I noticed was the 3.5inch touch screen control panel.  The touch panel is mildly adjustable as it can tilt from 45° to 90°.   Regardless of where you position the printer, the touch screen should be easily visible and readily accessed. The next feature that caught my eye was the built-in card reader.  It is positioned in a great spot - the left front corner and is covered by its own little door.

Screen Close
Screen & Card Reader
LCD Display
LCD Display

 

After my initial inspection, I plugged up the power cord and prepared to go through the set-up.  The set-up contains two parts; one part is setting up printer itself and the second part is getting your PC set-up to run the printer.  The printer has software on it pre-installed to get it up and running.  You have to install a software disc to install to get your PC up to speed.


The first thing you're going to do is to get the printer ink cartridges installed and ready to go.  You have to actually have the printer powered up in order to install the four in cartridges.  When you open the ink-cartridge door, the printer bar will move into position to install them.  After removing the plastic shipping guard from ink cartridge bay, it's very easy.  Simply remove all the protective wrapping on the cartridges and install them in their color coded positions.  After this is done it's time to run the set-up wizard on the printer.  This is also very simple and easy to do. 

The set-up wizard will guide you through the initial set-up and you'll be ready to go in no time.  The first thing the printer does is run a cartridge alignment sheet to let you know everything is lined up correctly.  The user's guide definitely helped me keep everything in the right order. 

Ink Tanks
Ink Tanks
Paper Tray
Paper Tray

 

After you have gone through the printer set-up, it will stop at the wireless set-up screen and prompt you to install the software disk in your PC.  Simply insert the software disk and run the set-up.  It will install four programs.  They are: HP Photo Creations, Shop for Supplies, HP ePrintCenter and HP Photosmart.  We will get more into this software a little later. 

After all that is done, you can run the wireless set-up wizard on the printer.  It will detect any wireless networks.  Pick your wireless networks and you're good to go.  The HP 6510 e-All-in-One Photosmart printer will make a connection to your network and then it will print you its Wireless Network Test Results.  These test results will tell you everything you need to know about the printers' connection to your network.  After everything is installed, it's time to try printing some test documents.  The installed software makes this very simple.  I just simply clicked on desired document and printed it.

Once you are finished with that. The HP 6510 e-All-in-One Photosmart Printer will have you do a test photo.  This is also very simple.  Pull up the desired photo and hit print.  The only thing to remember is to load your photo paper face down.


Lid Closed
Lid Closed
Lid Open
Lid Open

 

Scanning a document is very straight forward and this feature rounds out the set of the basic all-in-one.  Place your document in scanner and hit the scan button on the touch screen.  Copying anything is just as simple - place it in the desired position and make sure to line it up with the marks for paper size and then push the copy button on the touch screen.

Once you have registered your machine with HP, you can set-up your email option.  Their email option is an app called Snapfish.  Once all that is done, you can email a document directly to your printer!  That is a pretty awesome feature, but I did have a few problems getting this set up properly. 

On the next page we'll cover some software bits before we wrap things up.