HP’s Photosmart 6510 is a mid-range, home all-in-one, designed for those with an interest in photography, who probably also own smart phones. It includes some high-end features, such as touchscreen controls.
HP seems to have turned the corner away from high gloss, black plastic, in favour of brown and gunmetal colour schemes. We’re not sorry to see the piano black go, and this machine is well turned out and subtly styled. The designer has accentuated the scanner section and control panel, making them look almost removable (they aren't), which somehow makes the device look low-profile, too.
One of the reasons for its low-to-the-desk look is the paltry 80-sheet main paper tray, which needs regular restocking in all but very infrequent-print environments. Above this tray is a 20-sheet photo tray, though oddly neither has an end-stop for its paper, which means you have to insert sheets carefully to get them under the feed rollers. The photo tray also slides freely in and out, making it more fiddly to load.
The main control panel contains an 89mm touchscreen, with three dedicated touch buttons down either edge. The panel is sensitive enough for easy control, while not being near as nice to the touch as a typical mobile. In use, we came across a couple of places where we received error message, with no way to cancel out of the screen, which is just poor design.
At the left-hand end of the HP Photosmart 6510’s front panel, a small cover flips back to reveal memory card sockets for SD and MemoryStick cards and at the right are pinhead LEDs for power and wireless connection. At the back is a USB socket, which is an alternative to the wireless link which will probably be the data stream of choice.
As well as using its easily established link to any wireless router, the printer can connect to Apple devices via AirPrint and others via HP’s Auto Wireless Connect. Software bundled with the machine includes Photo Creations and HP’s downloadable apps from the ePrint centre.
Hinge up the scanner section of the machine and the head carrier slides into view to take the four ink cartridges, which are available in standard and XL capacities.