HP OfficeJet 5510 all-in-one

A multifunction unit that's not only compact, but also a good all-round performer.


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Design
Unlike the typical large footprint machines we've been used to seeing from HP's line of OfficeJets, the 5510 is surprisingly a very compact MFD that also sports a flatbed scanner. To put things in perspective, the 5510 is just slightly taller than the manufacturer's personal All-In-One (AIO), the PSC 1210.

The unit is dressed in a two-tone grey finish and controls are sited on the left side of the machine. On the top of the scanner resides the automatic document feeder (ADF) which also doubles as the scanner cover. Overall, the general build quality is acceptable with the exception of the input and output tray--the plastic construction feels about to give way when unfolding it for the first time. Similarly, flipping open the machine to access the print cartridges also lacks that same reassuring feel we've come to expect from HP.

Features
We ran into a little issue when setting up the 5510 on our HP Pavilion test system. While there was no issue in getting the PC to detect the AIO, we needed to install the drivers twice to get things running in proper order. That said, this did prove time-consuming. On the upside, most users will also be happy to know that HP has bundled a USB cable with the printer.

Because of the smaller footprint, the interior mechanism for the installation and replacement of ink cartridges is similar to the one found on HP's PSC 1210. Based on our experience, we reckon there'll be some difficulty especially for people with larger hands. As with earlier AIOs, the unit's ink cartridge alignment is achieved through the scanner unit with the use of a calibration sheet.

Performance
In terms of print performance, the 5510 completed our 10-page test in 78 seconds or 7.7 pages per minute. This put it just behind the big office performers such as the manufacturer's own 7130 and Canon's MP730. However, when it came to A4-sized photo prints, the 5510 managed a dismal 7 minutes in optimised mode and a shocking 14.5 minutes in maximum resolution.

With regard to print quality, text output was good, generally staying clean and legible down to a 2.5-point font size. For photos, the prints had slight banding in optimised mode. On the upside, colours in photo outputs looked natural and details were well maintained. Unfortunately, HP has not done anything about off-centered printouts. Like the bigger 7130, this OfficeJet produces the same uneven border surrounding the picture. As this is an office-oriented machine, "borderless" outputs were not catered for.

Additionally, due to the facedown-loading mechanism of the input tray, surfaces of glossy paper tended to be scratched unless a smooth cardboard is placed below.

The 5510's scanner captured colours well with no distortion. The resulting scanned images also remained sharp and lost only a little of their fidelity and contrast. Expectedly, monochrome scans were good.

With the ADF, copy speeds were decent and multi-page fax documents were processed easily. But because of its compact design, we found that when a copy of a fax job exceeded seven pages, there was a tendency for sheets to be pushed out of the ADF's handling tray.

The HP OfficeJet 5510 is a well-featured yet compact MFD that produces generally good print quality and acceptable performance. At a recommended price of AU$399, the 5510 is also fairly affordable. But if you're looking for high outputs or even photo printouts you should take a look at other units instead.



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Rich
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Rich posted a review   

The Good:When it works - it works beautifully

The Bad:Resource HOG and the ink carts are not re-usable

Do not waste your money on this - even a used one. This is the last HP I will buy. Ink is too much and they refuse to allow you to refill / refill your old cart. Run out of ink? You now own a paper-weight - no scan, no nothing.

spiritlife
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spiritlife posted a review   

The Good:printed fine and did great for general small office needs.

The Bad:disposable, not a dependable long lasting printer

Purchased one of these in summer of 03
rarely used it, it was a back up or "if I needed color printer". which wasn't often less than 2000 copies total and now the carriage slams from one side to the other and then says paper jam, with no paper in it. Tried cleaning it as per suggestions in other forums. But no success. HP Office jets use to be the standard, I still have a old K80 that works great. I have no idea why HP cannot produce a decent printer any longer. This about the 3rd HP printer that has been chunked into my garbage can. It will be my last one to, unless old faithful gives up the ghost. NO MORE HP PRINTERS..enough is enough.

MikeinAustin
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MikeinAustin posted a review   

The Good:Sets up and prints well.

The Bad:Can't find a compatible print server.

Software is a monster that takes over my computer. There's GOT to be something friendlier!

balloonlady
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balloonlady posted a review   

The Good:fast clear black and white printing. Copy feature works well.

The Bad:poor paper feed on heavier stock. Poor quality photos.

This printer is good for plain paper text printing, but only so so on photos. I much prefer my Epson for those. My biggest complaint that it does not feed well on heavier business card stock. The design gets further and further off as you go down the sheet. By the last 4 cards (2 rows) part of the design is printing on the cards above. This problem can carry over through multiple sheets leaving you with wasted time and product. The printer was a gift, so I can't comment on the price/value ratio.

xboa721
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xboa721 posted a review   

The Good:even photos on demand are good, if a little slow... c'mon, u running a print factory?

The Bad:It's damn hard to get inside of and its a dust magnet, esp with the doco feeder.

brilliant performer.

warm feelings
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warm feelings posted a review   

The Good:11111

The Bad:111111

hi all
I am looing for hp officejet 5510 all- in-one drive for windows XP kindly if u have it pls upload it or send the link for the software

regards

warm feelings

Ted
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"HP uses hack to make you buy ink.. Buyer beware!"

Ted posted a review   

The Good:When it works it's great

The Bad:Even tho the ink is not out the software will say it is, because it's under a time stamp when you install a ink cartridge.

Buy something else. I hate company's the try to screw the consumer.

nawratil
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"ex cellent handy all in one unit"

nawratil posted a review   

only short comming is photo printing A4 borderless otherwise has no competitor.




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User Reviews / Comments  HP OfficeJet 5510 all-in-one

  • Rich

    Rich

    Rating3

    "Do not waste your money on this - even a used one. This is the last HP I will buy. Ink is too much and they refuse to allow you to refill / refill your old cart. Run out of ink? You now own a pa..."

  • spiritlife

    spiritlife

    Rating3

    "Purchased one of these in summer of 03
    rarely used it, it was a back up or "if I needed color printer". which wasn't often less than 2000 copies total and now the carriage slams from one sid..."

  • MikeinAustin

    MikeinAustin

    Rating4

    "Software is a monster that takes over my computer. There's GOT to be something friendlier!"

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