Advent AWP10 Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer review

Simon Handby
24 Dec 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

The AWP10 doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but it's a competent all-rounder – and great value if you don’t print high volumes.



6ipm print speed, USB Hi-Speed, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 175x420x320mm

It's not every day that a new printer manufacturer comes along, so we were excited to get our hands on the first in-house offering from PC World's Advent brand. The AWP10 multifunction peripheral (MFP) isn't a new design from the ground up – it’s based on Kodak's inkjet technology – but there's no direct equivalent in Kodak's range.

The AWP10's specifications are remarkable for the price. There's nothing too exciting about its four-colour inkjet printer or the 1,200dpi scanner, but throw in a card reader, 6.1cm colour screen and wireless networking and the regular £70 price looks like a steal. At the time of writing this was discounted to £50 at both PC World and Currys, making it comfortably the least expensive wireless MFP we've reviewed.

As you might expect for this price, the AWP10 doesn't look particularly slick; its hard black plastics are lifted only by a red go-faster stripe that belongs in a 1986 car interior. It feels well-made enough, though, apart from a cheap-feeling strut for holding up the scanner bed when you need to access the printer internals. You'll need to do this to fit the print heads and ink tanks, but then it's ready to go.

Advent AWP10 Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer

While loading the input tray with plain paper we noticed that the top sheet tended to ride up slightly; not settling down to the base of the input like the others. While this itself didn't cause any mis-feed problems, blank pages were occasionally pulled through during our tests. With only a minimal lip, the output tray let a couple of pages escape during our 25-page draft text test.

On plain paper the AWP10 is acceptably quick, delivering 5.8 pages of normal-quality mono text in a minute, but only 2.7 colour pages. Photo printing was surprisingly rapid: six postcard-sized images took just under four and a half minutes. The quality of the results wasn't too bad either. Black text was fairly sharp, although we noticed the occasional letter glitch, but colours were a little drab on plain paper. Photos printed onto Kodak's Ultima paper were impressive for a general-purpose printer. Mono copies were also good, although colour reproduction in colour copies left a bit to be desired.

Images from the scanner weren't particularly sharp and there was some loss of detail among the lightest and darkest shades, but the overall results were acceptable for office work and the odd creative job. Unfortunately, the scanner lid hinges don't extend upwards to help you scan thick originals, and we didn't like the harsh sound the head made when moving. We received memory warnings when trying to scan at 1,200dpi. Even though our test laptop had more than 2GB of free RAM we couldn't complete this test.

Overall this is a surprisingly competent MFP. Canon's PIXMA MG5150 (below) produces better-quality scans, copies and prints, and is significantly cheaper to run, but has no network interface. If you want a good entry-level MFP for light duties on a home network, this is it.

Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution9,600x2,400dpi
Max optical resolution1,200x1,200dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A46ipm
Quoted speed, colour A44ipm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.03m 17s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.04m 27s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB Hi-Speed, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity100
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity100
Duplex (code, cost if option)No


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X
Other inkjet features6.1cm colour screen, automatic head alignment
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Consumable parts and prices£20
Price per colour A4 page8.0p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge225 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)250 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges2
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges2
Quoted photo durability sourceN/A

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview10s
A4 document at 150dpi11s
A4 document at 300dpi20s
6x4in photo at 600dpi44s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiFail

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.022s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.028s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Borderless printingA4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, Memory Stick
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A