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HP Deskjet 1510 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £61
inc VAT

Despite a shocking mono print speed and lack of borderless photo printing, this is a good MFP if you mostly work with documents

The HP Deskjet 1510 is an unassuming white plastic inkjet MFP with a 1,200×1,200dpi scanner, a USB port and a handful of buttons. When you set the printer up for the first time, and whenever you change one of the ink cartridges, you’re prompted to print a print head alignment sheet, but rather than having a built-in head alignment system or a manual one that asks you to choose which of several print samples looks best, the Deskjet gets you to scan the alignment sheet and makes its adjustments based on that. It’s a good system, but note that the MFP won’t let you print anything until you’ve done this.

HP Deskjet 1510

The Deskjet 1510 uses just two ink cartridges: a pigmented mono black ink tank for sharp text printing and a tri-colour cartridge filled with cyan, magenta and yellow dye-based inks that are used for both colour document prints and such photo printing as this all-in-one is capable of.

Tri-colour cartridges are convenient but can be more expensive and wasteful than individual ink cartridges, as you have to replace the entire cartridge if you run out of just one colour. You can take comfort in surprisingly low colour print costs if you buy HP’s XL cartridges: a colour-only page costs just 5.8p; balanced against this is a mono print cost of 4p, which adds up to a decent mixed-colour print cost of 9.8p

When it comes to document printing, the HP Deskjet 1510 does very well. The quality of its mono text prints is among the best we’ve seen at this price, with clear, dark 12pt letters that only have a few slight flaws, even on 75gsm paper. These flaws are so minor that they’re barely visible upon even close examination. Draft quality text prints look very similar, although their lettering is a little thinner with more jagged edges visible on curved letters. Nonetheless, they’re good enough for most day-to-day mono printing, save only formal correspondence.

HP Deskjet 1510

You’ll save a fair bit of time by using draft mode, as well as a little ink. While standard quality text printed at 7.9ppm, draft got up to 11.5ppm. While the MFP’s standard quality speed is somewhat slow, draft means you needn’t wait an age just to print some directions. Unfortunately, if you want a map to go with them, you’ll probably want to print in colour, which is much, much slower, although you can configure the all-in-one’s driver to print only in greyscale to save time and expensive ink.

HP Deskjet 1510 Print Quality

Our illustrated colour business documents printed at a rate of just 1.4ppm, putting this among the slowest MFPs we’ve reviewed when it comes to colour printing. At least the end result was worth the wait, even if we did have to wait over a quarter of an hour for our colour print job to finish. Text was sharp, even at small font sizes, and graphs, photos and illustrations all looked very good indeed. You’ll ideally want to use 100gsm inkjet paper, and 80gsm paper at minimum, as our 75gsm test page became a little too saturated in ink.

This was also a problem in our colour and mono copy tests, which took 45 and 25 seconds respectively. Copy quality isn’t as good as print quality. It suffers visible print head marks and slightly fuzzy, wavering letters at small sizes, but both our mono and colour copies were legible, at least. Although the MFP lacks a screen, you can still make up to 9 copies at once by repeatedly pressing the copy buttons.

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Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200×1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A47ppm
Quoted speed, colour A44ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.06m 7s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.022m 28s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB
Optional printer interfacesnone
Duty cycle1,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeup to A4
Maximum paper weight250gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity60
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity60
Duplex (code, cost if option)No


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.6+
Other inkjet featuresnone
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Consumable parts and prices£18
Price per colour A4 page5.8p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge190 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)165 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 durability50 years
Quoted photo durability sourceHP

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview11s
A4 document at 150dpiN/A
A4 document at 300dpi20s
6x4in photo at 600dpi50s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi2m 38s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.025s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.045s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Direct (PC-less) printingNo
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies9
Max mono copy resolution600x300dpi
Max colour copy resolution600x300dpi

Fax Features

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