The past few years has seen a trend for printer manufacturers to offer at least one model in their business inkjet ranges that can handle paper larger than A4. HP’s Officejet 7510 is designed for SoHo use, but can print on paper up to 13 x 19in – also known as A3+. This is useful for poster print and folded A4 documents, such as newsletters.
Due to its ability to handle A3+ paper, the Officejet 7510 is necessarily wide. However, it manages its overall desktop footprint by including a telescopic feed tray, which needs be extended only when using the larger paper sizes. However, it has only one tray – with no option for a second – and there's no separate, single-sheet feed.
The paper tray arrangement isn’t all it could be. The extending feed tray is stiff and rather clunky. And its lid, which also forms the output tray, stays up for paper loading only when you give it a fairly hefty jerk into its open position.
This may be only a small gripe, but once fitted, the paper tray is also very difficult to remove, should you need to re-box the printer for transport. It also appears to be impossible to change details of the paper setup without removing and reinserting the paper Even then, the change setup screen appears only for 10 seconds. In our opinion, HP needs to rethink paper loading.
The flatbed scanner – long enough to scan full legal-size documents, but not wide enough to scan A3 – has a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). In front of this, in a fixed binnacle on the front panel, is a surprisingly small 67mm touchscreen, with a trio of illuminating touch-buttons down its left-hand side. The touchscreen is sensitive and supports swipes as well as touches.
The four ink cartridges, which are available in two yields, are easily accessible through a large hatch in the front panel. Round the back of the Officejet 7510 sit USB and 10/100 Ethernet sockets, as well as phone sockets for line and handset.
Wireless connection is also supported, providing remote print facilities from ePrint, as well as direct wireless print from iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.
HP rates the Officejet 7510 at 15ppm for mono print and 8ppm for colour. In our tests, we saw a top speed of 10ppm for our five-page test print. However, we had to run the test several times, since it could produce speeds as slow as 6.5ppm due to a lot of preparatory cartridge movement before printing commenced.
Printing the 20-page document resulted in only a slight speed increase to 12.8ppm. This is still close to the claimed speed, however, and reasonable for this class of inkjet. The colour print performance isn’t as good, with the five-page mono text and colour graphics test giving 4.8ppm – just over half the rated speed.
Copy times are fair, with a single-page colour copy taking 25 seconds and a five-page document from the ADF taking 1min 10secs. 15 x 10cm colour photos also took around 1min 10secs from all sources, and a full A3 print completed in 3mins 15secs.
Print quality from the Officejet 7510 is good throughout. It outputs crisp and dense black text, and bright, smooth colour fills on plain paper. Photo prints are reasonable too. Some landscape images appear dark and over vivid, but generally there’s very little to criticise in this respect.
Using the higher yield ink cartridges from the multipack – which offers noticeable extra discount – delivers A4 page costs of 2.5p for mono and 4.9p for colour, including 0.7p for paper.
These rates are good, particularly for colour, although there are models offering better value still. For example, the £96 Brother MFC-J5320DW gives 1.5p for mono and 4.0p for colour.
There are a number of A3 all-in-ones available for SoHo customers, including many from Brother’s range. However, most of the low-cost models are occasional A3 only. Such printers have a single-sheet slot at the back, rather than a multi-sheet A3 tray.
Epson’s WorkForce WF-7610DWF comes in at £130, and offers a large touchscreen with full duplex print, scan and copy functions. Its black cartridge capacity is also twice that of the HP machine.
The HP Officejet 7510 delivers good quality print. However, the arrangement of its paper tray and its lack of automatic duplex print mean that several rival models offer better value. It’s a good all-in-one, but you should check out the competition.