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HP Photosmart 5510 Review

The HP Photosmart 5510 works well as a family printer that supports network sharing, and a decent print speed.

April 20, 2012
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Science Introduction

By the numbers, the performance is middling at best, but functionally passable.

Color Performance

Low color accuracy, but wide gamut.

The HP Photosmart 5510 struggles a bit with color accuracy, specifically having trouble with colors that rely on the cyan and magenta ink cartridges. While the color error isn't egregious, you'll notice that colors tend to either be more saturated or darker than they should be. Comparatively speaking, the HP Photosmart 5510 oversaturates its colors a bit more than its competitors in the market.

While the HP Photosmart 5510 may struggle a bit in color accuracy, it has no trouble producing 61.69% of the AdobeRGB color gamut, which is an impressively large percentage. This is helpful for when you have color photo prints that have a lot of detail, so you know that the Photosmart 5510 will be able to reproduce far more color values than most other photo printers with poorer color gamut reproduction.

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Print Speed

Wow, that's fast.

The HP Photosmart 5510 will often procrastinate a little bit when you send it a print job, often to clean its own print heads before doing what you've asked of it. Not to worry though, your printer will get you your pages soon enough.

Even at its top quality, the HP Photosmart 5510 rips through print jobs with very little hesitation. Blistering on at 5.14 pages per minute, the Photosmart 5510 won't leave you hanging on large print jobs. Should you get in a pickle right before a paper is due, this would be a good printer to rely on.

Detail Performance

Great DMax, middling detail.

In our labs, we measured a DMax level produced by the Photosmart 5510 at 2.93, which is incredibly deep. What does this mean for you? Well, a deep DMax is important for contrast ratio, which in turn indicates how wide a range of values the printer can reproduce along the greyscale. More values equal more detail in shadows and gradients, which we found to hold consistent in our print scans for the HP Photosmart 5510.

Overall, the HP Photosmart 5510 does about an average job at maintaining detail, but struggles with sharp edges. It does a stellar job with gradients, limited difficulty reproducing fine lines, and can handle color transitions fairly well. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of sharp edges, as the Photosmart 5510 does not seem to create them very well.

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