The HP Photosmart 5510 is rated at 11ppm printing black and 7.5ppm printing colour. In our tests it didn’t reach either of these throughputs, though the 5-page black text test produced a speed of 6.5ppm, which rose to 9.2ppm on the longer, 20-page test. This is not far off the speed claim and is a very good speed for a low-cost all-in-one.
The text and colour graphics print gave 4.6ppm, not quite so close to the 7.5ppm claim, but still a worthwhile speed for this class of machine. A single page colour copy took a very reasonable 27s and 15 x 10cm photos took identical times of 1:02 from both a PC and an SD card; again an above-average result.
Print quality is surprisingly good, with little sign of black ink feathering, even on emboldened headings, and no signs of head pass misalignment. Draft mode print, while very slightly more jagged, only reveals this on close examination and for most purposes could save you time and ink.
Colour prints are excellent, with good bold colours, no signs of banding or dither patterns and excellent alignment of overprinted black text. Our test photocopy was hard to tell from an original under most conditions, with very little lightning of colours in the copy; outstanding for a budget machine.
Finally, photo prints were clean and smooth, with plenty of shadow detail and natural colours showing only a slight preference for blues over reds.
Ink cartridges are available in two yields and using the higher capacity XL cartridges gave running costs of 2.9p for black and 7.3p for colour. Both these are very good for a low-cost machine and HP is obviously not trying to recoup to much of its low asking price in the Photosmart 5510’s consumables.
HP did very well for itself in our recent reviews of its DeskJet budget all-in-ones and this Photosmart 5510 does the same for home and photo-enthusiast customers. In all the important areas, it goes much further than most of its rivals, from its touchscreen controls to its high-quality print and low-cost consumables. Slight problems with the paper stop and card slot don’t detract enough to prevent a recommendation.