HP claims the Deskjet 2510 can print at speeds of 7.5ppm for black pages and 4.5ppm for colour, both slightly faster than from the 3000 series machines we reviewed recently. Under test, we saw a black speed of 5.4ppm on our 5-page test, which is reasonable. On the 20-page test, this increased to 6.4ppm, which is better. When printing in draft mode, hard to distinguish from normal mode in appearance, speed rose again, to 7.3ppm. This is a very good result for a £50 printer.
Colour print is not so quick, though and we measured 2.2ppm on our 5-page black text and colour graphics test. We’ve seen slower, but not often. A colour copy came through in 41s, which is reasonable and a 15 x 10cm photo took 1:03, which is also fair for this class of printer.
Text print is reasonably clean, with no signs of ink-run into the paper, but characters are not perfectly formed and look a bit rough close up. They’d be quite acceptable for college reports and general correspondence, though.
Colours are well reproduced, bright and even, and black text over colour is well registered. A colour copy came through well, though text was slightly thickened and colours a little paler than in the original. Scans were fair for general work and OCR worked adequately, as long as you’re happy with a little tidying up.
Using the best prices we could find for black and tri-colour cartridges, and using the XL versions, which give better economy, gives running costs of 4.7p and 10.3p for ISO black and colour pages, including 0.7p for paper.
Both costs look high, but when you compare them with similar machines from other suppliers, such as the £70 Brother DCP-J315W, which gives page costs of 5.9p and 12.4p for black and colour, they don’t seem so bad.
The Brother machine does have the advantage of separate colour cartridges, though, and this shouldn’t be underestimated. Although HP and the other suppliers who use tri-colour cartridges try and guess the most likely usage of the three colours by people buying their machines, in almost all cases you will run out of one colour before the other two.
To continue printing, the whole cartridge has to be replaced, meaning a waste of at least some of the two non-depleted colours. While you may need to change cartridges more often using separate colour tanks, you only need to replace them when they run out and don’t waste any ink.
This is a serviceable entry-level all-in-one with few bells and whistles. A bit pricey to run and without the utility of wireless connection, it still manages to print, copy and scan well. However, at £50, it’s a bit above the base price even some of its own stablemates attract.