HP PSC 1510 review

28 Apr 2006
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
(£72 ex VAT)


This low-end offering from HP follows a tried-and-tested formula in terms of design: the oblong box has long been a trademark of HP's cheaper all-in-one machines.

The PSC 1510 has a two-tone grey and white plastic colour scheme that sits well next to any Mac. Construction is solid with a reassuring feel to the doors and sliding supports.

Except for the front-mounted PictBridge port, there's not much added value once you're past the basic functionality. There are no card slots and only a basic one-line LCD display to help with printer control. The printer uses HP's Vivera inks for improved colour reproduction, but these aren't separated into individual colour tanks. This means the entire tank must be disposed of when just one colour has been expended.

In our tests the HP PSC 1510 performed well. It held its own against the more expensive machines in the copying stakes and performed admirably in terms of speed in the photo-printing test. At four seconds for a page of draft text, the printer came joint top in this category.

Output quality was fair, with perfectly acceptable colour prints and copies. There was some lost detail from our test print and visible graininess to the image, but the output was still impressive from a budget printer. The scanner produced a good scan with accurate colour in less than 40 seconds.

The HP PSC 1510 is a good printer and keeps up with more expensive competition in many respects. However, its lack of extras means that, in value-for-money terms, there are better options available. We can't fault its workmanlike approach, but it's difficult to recommend it over machines with more features and options. Its solid design should see it perform well in most situations, but we feel it just fails to make the grade.

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