HP makes a good range of All-in-One devices; it probably should, given that it practically invented the concept. The 6310 sits between the 5600 series and the 7210 series, targeting the SOHO market and including a networking connection, so its functions can be easily shared.
The OfficeJet 6310 also shares its design with most other HP OfficeJets. It’s quite wide, but is less deep than some of its competitors. Having said that, when printing, you have to extend the paper-out tray fully or A4 pages will end up on the desk or floor.
‘Paper out tray’ is perhaps overstating the piece of plastic which hooks into the front of the machine. Underneath it is a second shelf, onto which you can load up to 100 sheets of plain paper, or fewer photo blanks. It’s a bit basic, but does the job.
Starting from the top of the machine, there’s a 35-sheet Auto-Document Feeder (ADF), which adds surprising little to the height of the machine, due to its near-flat layout. Lift the ADF and you have a standard flatbed scanner; lift the whole of the scanner section and you can get at the twin ink cartridges. At the bottom of the front panel on the left is a set of four memory card slots and one for PictBridge. Sticking out from the front of the machine is the control panel.
There are quite a lot of controls, because the machine has full fax facilities, as well as copy, scan and print. A two-line by 16-character, back-lit LCD display provides status messages and instructions but, of course, no way of previewing pictures from a memory card. To do that, you have to print a thumbnail sheet.
At the back are sockets for USB 2.0 and Ethernet, both of which are standard, even at this low price.
The two Vivera ink cartridges, one for black and the other tri-colour, clip into their carriers and apart from loading paper, that's the only physical installation required. The OfficeJet 6310 comes with IRIS OCR software, as well as a selection of HP's own printing, scanning and photo management applications. These all install with a minimum of fuss from the supplied CD.
Once again, the claimed speeds for an inkjet device bear little relation to what you're likely to see. HP's 8.5ppm for normal quality black print equates to a test result of just over 5ppm and its colour print speed of up to 0.9ppm comes down to 0.56ppm.