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HP Deskjet 2510 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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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.

HP Deskjet 2510 - Open

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.

HP Deskjet 2510 - Cartridges

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.


August 11, 2013, 6:16 pm

Only good for scanning after a while. It will not copy and print suddenly after 1 or 2 months. It is a worthless piece of crap after a few weeks. The paper jams up all the time and after that it never prints again. It complains something wrong with the cartridges not being able to move. Clear it manually and click OK. This is the second printer in Desktop Series with the same issue the first one was 3050 AND the second time it is 2510 (both Deskjet printers). Very Disappointing.


September 2, 2013, 1:20 pm

Hp as we all know sell these cheap to get your business on ink , I believe they are really in the ink business. I had a HP once and filled the ink with my own ink ,but they have put a chip into cartridge so printer knows it ran dry once so re filling wont work most times .


September 19, 2013, 12:51 am

It's less expensive to by a whole new printer than the wretched ink cartridges that won't allow refills! Mine were bone dry the day of purchase.


October 31, 2013, 3:36 am

Utter rubbish, broke after a few weeks.


November 1, 2013, 1:37 pm

I have had no problems whatsoever with this printer - Ink has lasted longer than expected, original HP replacement ink is available at lower cost than average, the whole thing is very simple to use and it has been rock solid reliable so far (5 months) with all kinds of thickness of paper stock. No idea what the rest of the posters are talking about.


November 19, 2013, 11:13 am

Same with my 2510 series. The paper jams every time I try to print something. This is the second printer like this. I don't remember the model of the first one but this second one is a replacement from HP. After spending hours on the phone with them they finally sent me a new one and now the same issues as the first printer. i had other HPs in the past that were reliable. i bought HP again because of the inexpensive cartridges. But now I'm hesitant to go buy another one. I don't want to spend hours on the phone again either.

Oluwakemi Adetoyese

February 1, 2014, 9:15 pm

Useless printer, I only used it to print less than 10 copies and it was broken always paper jam. Rip off, it makes me have a doubtful mind about HP products. I only bought it last year June, I took it to power city where it was bought I was told to call HP customer service even though is not up to a year. I have used HP products in the past but just because of this product I don't think I will ever go near HP products.

Phoebe Priscilla Mensah

March 1, 2015, 1:50 pm

i need help please, how do i close the brownish output tray on the printer

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