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Review - HP Officejet 6310 All-in-One Printer

Small Printer for Small Jobs

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HP 6310 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

HP 6310 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

Hewlitt-Packard
If you need a heavy-use printer or print a lot in color consider a higher-end printer. Otherwise, it is an affordable printer for light, everyday use.

Basic Information

Manufactured by: Hewlitt Packard

HP Suggested Retail Price: $149.99 (but you can find it cheaper online and in local stores)

Features and Specifications

  • Built-in Networking (Wired)
  • For Printing, Faxing, Scanning, Copying
  • Uses HP 98 Black and HP 95 Tricolor Inks
  • Printing/Copying up to 30 pages/minute for black, 24 pages/minute for color (on "fast" or draft mode)

What I Like About the HP Officejet 6310 All-in-One Printer

  • Price: The HP Officejet 6310 All-in-One Printer is cheap and among cheap printers is one of the best “cheap” for the buck. I have been through four of these printers in the last two years between my home office and my “brick and mortar” office and I literally “print” them to death. However, if you use them as a light duty printer they might last longer than six months to one year!

  • Set Up: This printer is light weight so it is very portable. It is small enough to sit on a desktop and not be too intrusive unless you also have a lot of clutter on your desk (like, say, guilty me). The software and drivers load easily, but expect a lengthy wait to try and reach a HP help tech by phone.

  • Draft Print: The “draft” or "fast" print quality is good enough that most of my printing for clients and donors is done in “fast” mode. This decreases print time and extends the black ink in the printer cartridge -- a good thing given that they tend to “drip” a lot of ink (see “What I do Not Like,” below). Note: The “fast” mode does not work well for color printing.

  • Photo Print Quality: If you need to print photos and text together, the quality of both text and image is good for the price of this printer.

  • The Scanner: It does a decent job of scanning both documents and images. If you do a lot of scanning, however, it is somewhat slow.

  • FAX: The FAX works fine for light duty and home office environments.

What I do Not Like About the HP Officejet 6310 All-in-One Printer

  • Not Very Intuitive: To master some of the settings for the FAX and copier you may need to at least glance at the manual. I like to set things up, hit a button, and have them magically work without having to read a manual or scroll for minutes to find functions that should be more obvious.

  • The Copier: It’s slow and while the auto feed is nice, it tends to jam on paper that is in less than perfect shape (i.e. crinkled corners). The “fast” print quality is a waste of ink and produces poor copy results (but “fast” print it works well when sending documents to the printer).

  • The Scanner: The scanner is slow to warm up. I thought an 8-1/2” x 11” scanner/copier bed would be enough for my own busy home office; it’s not (for me). If you ever need to scan or copy documents larger than standard letter-size consider another printer.

  • Printer Ink: It is expensive! I tried several services that refill used HP cartridges but was never able to get the same quality or quantity of ink from the recycled cartridges.

    When one color begins to fade you need to replace the entire color cartridge. If you print a lot of photographs or color brochures you should consider a printer that allows you to replace only the specific color that is low. In the long run, you will save money.

  • They “Gunk” up a lot: That is, the black ink in particular (in all four that I have owned) drips into the body of the printer. It is a hassle to clean out and, obviously, a lot of the (expensive) ink is being wasted. (This happens with new and refilled ink cartridges.)

The New Unimpressive HP PhotoSmart Premier Software

Somewhere between my first two and last two printers HP changed their photo editing software that comes free with their printers. The new version dropped off a lot of fun editing features for images. I never like new versions of anything that get rid of existing features unless it is to improve them. In this case, the new HP PhotoSmart Premier software simply does less.

Recommended Use

Students, light home office duty, and those who need a printer in the short-term for heavier use but do not have the money to spend on a higher-end model.

The “duty” cycle advertised by HP is about 3,000 pages per month. If you print or copy a lot (I print thousands of pages each month per printer) expect these printers to wear out in under a year.

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