HP Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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

Final Thoughts:

I found the HP 6510 e-All-in-One Photosmart printer to be a very nice piece of equipment to have around.  It is HPs newest offering in their line of ePrinters and hits the mid-price point perfectly.  The ePrint series of printers don't have to physically connect to your PC, as long as you have a home network.  The beautiful things is that this printer can be placed anywhere in your home - it doesn't have to be within USB cable length of a PC.  That's what the ePrinter is all about.  All-in-One means this unit can scan, copy or print. 

This printer is constructed from the usual material, but is well made and does not feel cheap.  The addition of the card reader in the front is a very nice feature - a feature that most people will find invaluable.


The HP 6510 e-All-in-One performed flawlessly throughout our weeks of testing.  It prints a standard document in about 5 seconds; depending on your printer settings.  The better the quality, the longer time it takes to process, but that should come as no surprise.  Not only can it print on standard paper, it can also print on envelops, card stock, and makes borderless prints of your favorite photos.

Scanning and copying documents is fast and painless.  The email directly to your printer option is also very nice.  This is great as it then enables you to print from any web-connected device.  You don't have to figure out how to get drivers on your aging Windows Mobile 5 or 6 device - or figure out how to print from an Android phone - just email it!  It will be there waiting on you instead of you waiting for it to print.  Printing a picture takes a couple of minutes at high quality, but it's worth it.  The HP 6510 e-All-in-One does a great job and ran circles around my old Canon All-in-One machine.

The HP 6510 comes with everything you need to get started - with the exception of paper and a USB cable.  It comes with a software installation disk, four ink cartridges, some photo quality paper to play with, a user guide and a power cord.  I do think that for the $149 price tag, they could include a $1.99 USB cable to complete the accessory deal.

The HP 6510 e-All-in-One comes almost ready to use.  The printer it-self has its own set-up wizard that I found very simple to use.  The 3.5" touch screen makes setup and use it a breeze.  Just follow the on-screen instructions.  The PC software, however, wasn't the easiest to use.  It is a little confusing and redundant.  It could have definitely been simplified.  It's a printer, not the space shuttle.  Although not entirely printer-related, I did have a few hiccups getting Snapfish to work.


The MSRP for the HP 6510 is $149.99 in the US.  I think that right in line with a printer that can do everything that this one can.  It can be found @ Newegg for about $135, and after searching a few different web sites I found that the price of this unit is fair.  Other manufactures that offer a printer with the same features are in the same price range.

Overall, I found the HP 6510 e-All-in-One Photosmart Printer to be a very nice printer.  It can print, scan or copy.  It can print directly from you camera's memory card or from an email.  This printer comes ready to use with minimal effort and confusion.  A USB cable is not needed but can be used (if desired, and if you provide your own).  In conclusion, if you are in the market for a printer that can do it all, the HP 6510 series would definitely be a great choice!  That's why it gets the "Silver Wrench Award".

Pros:

  • All-In-One configuration
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Great Value
  • Ease of Use
  • 3.5" Touch Screen
  • Built in Card Reader


Cons:

  • Software a little confusing
  • Snapfish is a pain to get set-up


BCCRating
 
Siliver Wrench


I would like to thank the people at HP for sending us this sample to review.  I will look forward to seeing what they come up with next!  If you have any questions, comment or general feedback feel free to leave them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.