HP – Officejet 6310 review

capable, low-cost multi-function device
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Hewlett-Packard is one of only a handful of printer manufacturers in the UK who have consistently produced reliable machines, so when HP brings out a new all-in-one it’s definitely time to sit up and take notice.

The Officejet 6310 combines the usual printer facilities with fax, copy, scan and photo functions and enables both networking connections to your computers and the ability to carry out several tasks without needing any kind of computer connection at all.

The initial set-up is, as ever, clearly presented in the accompanying leaflet and CD-ROM. Weighing less than 8kg and with dimensions of 456 x 517 x 396mm, this is a compact yet sturdy all-in-one with very little assembly needed. The front of the control panel has to be clipped on, the plastic in and out trays attached to the front and the two cartridges inserted and then you’re pretty much ready to go.

The print speeds are 30ppm (pages per minute) for monochrome and 24ppm for colour, with a maximum resolution of 4,800dpi. The copying speed is the same, the in-tray will hold 100 pages and there’s an automatic document feeder which can handle up to 35 pages of A4. Paper sizes that can be accommodated include A4, A5, A6, letter, legal, executive, borderless photo, borderless panoramic and envelopes.

Transparencies can’t really be dealt with as there’s no slide holder provided, but ordinary print photos – even at A4 size – have impressively authentic colour reproduction. Scanning photos at 2,400 x 4,800dpi optical resolution is easy and there are several methods of accessing your pictures. From your digital camera you can insert the following range of memory cards: xD-Picture, Memory Stick, Magic Gate Memory Stick, Memory Duo, Memory Stick Pro, CompactFlash, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard.

There are also two USB 2.0 ports for those digital cameras with PictBridge mode. Video captures can be printed as long as the image files include JPEG, TIFF, MPEG-1, AVI and Quicktime. If your still or video camera doesn’t support these file types or memory cards, then you can save them to your computer first and then convert them using the supplied HP Photosmart software, which is the principal software for all scanning jobs.

Both colour and black and white faxes can be sent at a rate of 3ppm and up to eight received faxes can be stored in memory. There are two phone outputs so you can talk to a customer and receive a fax at the same time, and you can alter resolution and contrast settings.

The other big plus is the networking capability, thanks to the Ethernet port at the back of the machine (the 6310 supports both 10Mbps and 100Mbps Ethernet network connections), as well as Bluetooth links to PDAs or camera phones using suitable (optional extra) adapters.

Company: HP

Contact: 0870 547 4747

For a highly competitive price HP has once again proved a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all-in-one machines. Despite there being no facility for transparency copying, the excellent networking, scanning and quality of photo reproduction of this multi-function device should make it a very attractive option for the small office.