HP Photosmart 2710 review

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Normal mode and an impressive 20.8ppm in Draft mode for our 5 per cent mono document show the engines are identical. Likewise, our DTP document printed in one minute, 43 seconds – just two seconds quicker than the 2610.

HP Photosmart 2710 review

Scanning was similar to the 2610. Again, scans were reproduced with accurate detail and had vivid colours. Occasionally, this meant light colours were oversaturated, so you might find you need to adjust the contrast for realistic tones.

Both the 2610 and 2710 take HP’s 348 photo cartridge, which, in combination with the tri-colour 343 cartridge, makes them six-colour printers. Using these for our photomontage generated spectacular results – the 2710 is as good as the Labs-winning Canon MP780 here. Unfortunately, 6 x 4in prints work out at 32.5p each, which is towards the expensive end of the range. Bear in mind, though, that HP’s cartridges have integrated print heads, so you’re likely to have fewer problems with clogged nozzles than devices that take replaceable ink tanks.

Memory card slots include support for xD-Picture Cards, while the paper tray can take up to 150 sheets of plain A4 paper. At 3.5in, the 2710 has a much larger screen than the 2610. Menus are easy to navigate, but it’s the same resolution as the 2610’s. The fax machine is better featured too: 80 pages can be held in memory in the event of a paper shortage, while the number of speed dials has been upped from 40 to 75.

These are small benefits, though, and aren’t commensurate with the hefty price increase. If you’re desperate for a wireless multifunction device, the 2710 is the one to go for; otherwise, the 2610 is much better value for money.

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