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HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One review



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HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One
  • HP Photosmart eStation C510 Inkjet All-in-One


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HP used to use the slogan ‘HP Invent’ and over the years the company has come out with a number of innovative printing tools including, arguably, the first all-in-ones. In an attempt to repeat the step-change, it first introduced the Internet-aware ePrint facility and has taken the idea further with the Photosmart eStation C510.

As the touch screens on high-end HP all-in-ones have been getting bigger, perhaps it’s a natural progression to reach the stage where the one on this machine is removable as a separate mini-tablet, which HP calls the Zeen. It slips into a holder at the top-left of the machine’s front panel and connects wirelessly with your router, so can be used away from the printer, in addition to being its control panel.

The rest of the machine has a straightforward design, though unusual styling. The twin paper trays layout, with a 125-sheet plain paper tray fitted below an automated photo paper tray, which can take up to 20 sheets, is conventional enough.

The only memory card connection is a single SD slot set into the top edge of the Zeen, so printing photos from cameras is more awkward than on some other models. There's not even a PictBridge socket as a catchall for cameras using other card formats.

The flatbed scanner uses a Contact Image Sensor (CIS) with no Automatic Document Feeder and the duplexer is a clip-on bulge at the back. The power supply, even on this very high-end machine, is still a separate power block, free to kick around under the desk.

The Photosmart eStation C510 has a USB socket at the rear, but no Ethernet capability as an alternative to its wireless connection. Wireless setup is pretty straightforward and you can use the touch keyboard on the Zeen to enter your WPA pass code.

The machine has drivers for both Windows and OS X and comes with support software for both platforms. The five ink cartridges, including both pigmented black and dye-based photo black, clip into the pre-fitted head, as on several other recent HP launches, including the Photosmart Premium eAll-in-One. In fact, we strongly suspect both models use the same print engine and with very similar feature sets other than the Zeen, you're effectively paying £240 for the upgrade from touch panel to tablet.


January 9, 2011, 10:10 pm

"The idea behind putting a simple tablet onto a printer, so you can easily call up a synopsis of news, weather forecast or share prices and print them out directly from the printer..." is super crazy. Who is this aimed at? The army of people who have a printer, but no computer...


January 10, 2011, 7:45 am

And what're you footering around with Android for? You've got Web OS so use it. People could be forgiven for hardly knowing the Palm acquisition happened. Now this may be a blessing, given that TR has concluded that the tablet here is crap, but still. Along with MS, HP are really slow off the mark for competing with iOS. In fact, this widespread failure to rise to the challenge makes me give more kudos to RIM for getting the PlayBook out there and looking like it functions slick enough to be a third player.


January 10, 2011, 2:11 pm

I'm with @SRS on this. Why the heck would you want a removable tablet that can get lost or damaged relatively easily (compared with a built-in touch screen)? Can you still use the printer if you lose/damage the tablet - if so, then I'd rather just control the printer using plan B.


January 10, 2011, 2:29 pm


All the previous multi-function devices that I've seen incorporate fax functionality.

Have I missed or misread something or is that technology now being consigned to the metaphorical dustbin?


January 10, 2011, 7:41 pm


HP have a WebOS press event next month which is almost definitely going to be used to showcase new smartphones and tablets :)


January 10, 2011, 7:49 pm

@GoldenGuy: I saw an HP man interviewed on the BBC who was asked that exact question. His answer was that the Android tablet printer concept had been in development for over two years, i.e. since before the Palm acquisition happened. Here's hoping HP are just about to surprise us all with a plethora of WebOS devices.




January 11, 2011, 9:24 pm

I think this is the first step in a true all in one device. Where you have all the print, copy, scan and maybe faxing along with computing capability in one device. Instead of having a separate computer and an all-in-one they would be together in one device. The issue then becomes what happens if the hard drive crashes or if the printer starts to screw up. Could you hook it to another printer or another computer? This is the old console TV all over again. When you had the TV, Amplifier, Turn Table and maybe an 8 track or cassette player all in one cabinet. When the amplifier went out the whole thing was useless.


May 30, 2012, 4:30 am

this is the worst printer I've ever had. Don't waste your money - HP have concentrated on providing irrelevant features like connecting to facebook or yahoo etc but can it print??? Not a chance..... infuriating machine! Can't wait to replace it with a basic printer that does what you need it to do,....print!!!

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