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Inexpensive all-in-one printers are an area where HP excels and its recent Deskjet releases have been low-cost, high-value printers aimed at the home and student markets. The Deskjet 2510 is one of these, with a simple design and straightforward specification.
Its case is two-tone grey with a light-brown strip under the lid to the flatbed scanner. The same colour, which if you’re well-disposed you’d describe as milk chocolate, is used for the base of the flatbed, when you lift the lid. It’s also the colour of the paper support which swings out from the front lip of the fold-down front cover, to form an output tray.
Paper feeds from a fold-up, 60-sheet tray at the back, so the paper path doesn’t involve a 180-degree turn, as it does in many HP machines.
The control panel uses an LCD display with a single digit for number of copies – 1 to 9 – and a proprietary, segmented display of two bars, for black and coloured ink use (though there’s no indication of which is which). All six control buttons are membrane switches with very little tactile feedback, but they do the job.
The twin print cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour – cyan, magenta, yellow – are loaded from the front, once you’ve folded down an internal cover behind the paper output tray. The cartridges slide in and up to lock into place, which is a bit awkward, but niggly, rather than difficult.
The software includes HP Photo Creations and HP Scan, as well as drivers. It includes Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and supplies monitoring, so it can remind you to reorder cartridges, as ink is used.