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HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet MFP Review with Integrated Ink Tanks

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet MFP Review with Integrated Ink Tanks

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In the Smart Tank series offered by HP Inc , four MFP models were announced: the younger Smart Tank 500 does not have an automatic document feeder and is equipped with a single USB interface for connecting to a computer, the next Smart Tank 515 features a dual-band Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth LE; indicator in both - pictographic with a diagonal of 2 inches.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet MFP Review with Integrated Ink Tanks

Table of contents

  • Characteristics, equipment, consumables
  • Appearance, preparation for work
  • Control Panel, Menu
  • Copy
  • USB local connection
  • Software installation
  • Settings in print and scan drivers
  • Wi-Fi wireless network
  • Scan Options
  • Web interface
  • Work with mobile devices
  • Testing
  • Copy speed
  • Print speed
  • Scan speed
  • Noise measurement
  • Feed path test
  • Print Quality
  • Text Samples
  • Samples with text, graphic design and illustrations.
  • Test strip
  • Photos
  • Findings


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet MFP Review with Integrated Ink Tanks


The other two models, Smart Tank 530 and Smart Tank 615, in addition to equipping the 515, have an automatic feeder and a larger LCD touch screen, the older one being a 4-in-1 - it also has a fax function, which is not available in three junior models.

All of them are inkjet, and instead of cartridges, built-in ink tanks are used, that is, CISS - continuous ink supply systems (manufacturers of printers and MFPs usually do not like this term, and the reason is clear: it has long been firmly associated with designs of one degree or another artisanal, intended for refuelling with non-original consumables).

Note that these models in the HP product range are not the first to use “proprietary CISS”, but the previously known HP Ink Tank devices (they are still available today), as well as the Smart Tanks of the earlier 400 series, have a remote unit with tanks for ink, which for obvious reasons is not so convenient, and less safe during operation.

However, at the time of writing the review, the first and third of the models listed on the Russian-language website of the company were marked “Coming soon”, that is, they were not yet officially presented in retail.

All devices are four-colour, in terms of performance, they belong to the SOHO segment.

We will consider the HP Smart Tank 615 Wireless All-in-One multifunction device - this is the full official name of the model, product code Y0F71A. 

Characteristics, equipment, consumables

As usual, we start with the characteristics declared by the manufacturer:
General characteristics
Functionscolour and monochrome: print, scan, copy, fax
Printing technologyHP thermal inkjet printing (4 colours, with refillable tanks)
Size (W × D × H)449 × 373 × 198 mm (trays are folded)
Net / Gross Weight6.19 / 8.5 kg
Power supply200-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption:
off
hibernation
in standby mode
when printing/copying

≤ 0.11 W
≤ 0.71 W
≤ 3.82 W
n / d
Screen2.2 ″ (5.59 cm) monochrome touchscreen LCD
CPU / memory1.2 GHz / 256 MB
Standard portsUSB 2.0 (Type B)
Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b / g / n (Dual Band)
Bluetooth LE
Monthly load:
recommended
maximum

400-800
1000
terms of Usetemperature: from +5 to +40 ° C, humidity: 20% –80%
Noise levelacoustic noise emission power: 6.4 B (A)
Paper Devices
Standard trays (capacity at 80 g / m²)feeding: up to 100 sheets
receiving: up to 30 sheets
Additional input / output traysno
Built-in duplexer (duplex)no
Supported Media FormatsA4, B5, A6; envelopes C5, C6, DL, No. 10, Monarch; custom format: from 76.2 × 127 to 215.9 × 355.6 mm
Supported Mediaplain paper, brochure paper, envelopes, postcards, inkjet photo paper
Supported Paper Weightplain paper: 60–90 g / m²
photo paper: up to 300 g / m²
Print
Resolutioncolour up to 4800 × 1200 dpi, black and white up to 1200 × 1200 dpi
First page out (from ready mode)b / w: 14 s, color: 20 s
Print speed (A4, ISO / IEC 24734):
black and white, ISO / Draft
colour, ISO / Draft


up to 11/22 ppm
up to 5/16 ppm
Print Fieldsup to 3 mm on each side
Borderless Printingthere is
Scanner
Type oftablet
Automatic document feederthere are 35 sheets
Scan Resolution1200 dpi (optical)
Color depth / grayscale24 bit / 256
Maximum size of documents216 × 297 mm
A4 scan speedup to 3 images per minute (200 dpi, colour mode)
up to 5 images per minute (200 dpi, monochrome mode)
Copy
Max. number of copies per cycle99
Zooming25% —400% in 1% increments
Speed ​​(draft mode):
b / w
colour

up to 22 copies per minute
up to 14 copies per minute
Copy Resolutionup to 600 dpi
Fax
Transmission speed33.6 Kbps
Resolution (b / w mode)standard: 203 × 98 dpi
high-precision: 203 × 196 dpi
Fax Multicast Locationstwenty
Work in colourYes
Other parameters
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
OS X v.10.11, macOS v.10.12-10.14
Printing from mobile devicesiOS, Android
Guarantee1 year or 30,000 prints
An extended warranty of up to 3 years is also provided subject to registration on the HP website.

The set includes:
  • three containers (bottles) with 135 ml black ink (stock capable of providing up to 18 thousand A4 prints),
  • 70 ml each with Cyan, Magenta, Yellow colour ink (up to 8,000 A4 prints),
  • two printheads (black and tri-colour),
  • power cable,
  • a set of paper documentation.
It should be recalled that a certain amount of ink of all colours will be used up during the initial filling of the system, that is, prints from the complete set will still be less.

There are no CD with the software - installation files and a detailed user manual must be downloaded from the official resource. The USB cable is purchased separately if necessary.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet


Consumables - ink containers:

  • Black GT53 pigmented, capacity 90 ml, estimated resource 4000 prints,
  • Black GT53XL pigmented, 135 ml capacity, estimated life of 6000 prints (these are exactly the ones that come with the MFP),
  • Colour GT52 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow based on dye (or water-soluble), 70 ml capacity, estimated life of 8000 prints.
  • Recall why many manufacturers combine two types of ink in one device.

When printing black-and-white documents, pigment ink spreads less in the pores of the paper, and therefore the transfer of small details is improved, that is, the clarity and readability of small font sizes; such inks give black colour without a brown or other shade, they have higher light and water resistance, so prints will last longer.

And for printing, water-soluble ink is better: they give a wider colour gamut, good colour rendering and are better combined with glossy grades of paper.

Retail containers with original ink are delivered in individual cardboard packaging.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet MFP

The allowable temperature range for storing ink is very wide - from −40 to +60 ° C, and during operation, it is noticeably narrower: from +15 to +30 ° C.

We could not find information about the printhead resource for the listed models, as well as about the possibility of acquiring them for self-replacement. However, for earlier Smart Tank devices, the replacement procedure is described in official sources, with the note: interchangeable heads are available in the ACS and from partners; this inspires optimism regarding the new MFPs - however, the question of the cost of heads remains open.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

There is no information about yet another indispensable attribute of an inkjet printer - an absorber (“diaper”), a device for collecting ink flowing from the heads, for example, during cleaning by the appropriate service procedure. The absorber also needs to be replaced from time to time, and its counter reset; Owners of cartridge inkjet printers rarely encounter a similar problem, primarily because of the high cost of cartridges, which inevitably limits print volumes, and in this case, the probability of encountering the filling of the diaper is much higher. Service of the absorber in most models of different manufacturers is exclusively the responsibility of service centres, that is, with the active use of the Smart Tank series, this will be another reason for visits to the ACS.

Any options for the MFP series are not mentioned, which is quite normal for this segment of printing devices.

The device comes in a box of high-quality cardboard with a good printing design. The gross weight of about 8.5 kg is a little, but for ease of carrying on the sides, slots are made for the handgrip.


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

Appearance, preparation for work

The MFP has the form of a bar with rounded vertical ribs and slightly inclined sidewalls. The device we got is made in shades of grey, but in official materials, there are references to other colours. Handprints will not stand out on slightly roughened body surfaces.


At the back is a feed tray with a translucent lid, retractable paper support and a movable width stop. Moreover, the limiter is not purely mechanical, the device monitors its three positions and automatically offers the paper size/type for each: so, if you set it to “4 × 6 In”, then HP photo paper with a size of 10 × 15 cm will be offered (if necessary, these settings can be changed).


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

The output tray is horizontal, pull-out, it is located at the bottom of the front panel. Thus, the bend of the sheet when passing through the mechanism of the apparatus is relatively small, which just allows you to work with carriers of high density, including paper for inkjet photo printing.


This tray has a double pull-out part without side and front stops, but with a hinged element that raises the front edge of the output print; thanks to him, the sheets do not jump far ahead and do not fall, although they do not stack perfectly.


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet


All connectors - for the power cable, telephone and USB type B - are located at the rear, and if the interface ports are in a niche of noticeable depth, the power socket is practically not deep, so the connector inserted into it goes beyond the size of the printer, but it fits into the zone, determined by the extended support of the feed tray, and therefore when installing it is enough to leave behind the printer 7-8 cm of free space


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet


The scanner is located standard for such MFPs: longitudinally in the upper part. When scanning from glass, the automatic feeder must be opened all the way, fixing in intermediate positions is not provided. When placed in a niche or under an overhanging shelf, it is necessary to leave a margin of at least 46-47 cm in height


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

The automatic document feeder hinges do not provide the ability to raise its trailing edge when scanning bulky originals, books, or hemmed documents to reduce spurious flare at the edges.

In front of the ADF, a control panel is located at a slanted angle of about 30 degrees from the horizontal plane. Do not forget to remove the protective film from the screen after unpacking the printer - it is almost imperceptible, the presence of only a “tongue”, which you can grab when removing.


The front wall of the machine completely leans forward (it is not necessary to push the receiving tray in this case), opening up access to the filler neck of the built-in ink tanks - three colours on the left and black on the right.


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet



These necks are securely covered with caps, and the translucent walls of the tanks go out through the rectangular cutouts in the front cover of the MFP, so that you can visually assess the ink remaining in each. There is also an automatic ink level sensor.


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet


The carriage with printheads is a little deeper, access to it is closed by another cover. On the left, you can see the parking space with the intake port of the absorber and components for cleaning nozzles


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet


There is a sensor that indicates that the cover is open - if the device is turned on, a corresponding warning will be displayed on the LCD screen.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

The procedures for preparing the MFP for work in detail and with pictures are described in the attached instructions in several languages, including Russian, and take a little time.

Note: the design of both the filling valve of each tank built into the apparatus and the “nozzle” of the bottle cap provide almost complete safety in terms of accidentally spilling ink; during the installation of the bottle over the tank and its removal after filling is unlikely to spill more than a drop, and even then by accident . However, before this, each bottle needs to unscrew the white cork, remove the protective sticker from the neck and put the cork back in place, and you need to be extremely careful: when the cork and the sticker are removed, the bottle is fully open.

the hopper capacities correspond exactly to the volumes of the bottles (checked), so you need to pour out the ink at the first refill completely, without fear of overflow. With subsequent refuelling, you should already be careful, focusing on the outgoing "windows" of the ink tanks.

The second stage is the installation of printheads from the kit, also in accordance with the instructions.

In the end, we extend the trays, add a few sheets of A4 paper and, clicking “OK” on the screen, print a page with a template for aligning the heads, which then must be scanned to perform automatic printing optimization.

If in doubt, you can print a print quality diagnostic page: “Settings - Tools - Print Quality Report”.

In the process of preparation, you can set the menu language (Russian is also available), set the region, date and time. But all this can be done later.

You cannot pour ink back, but the possibility of transporting a refilled MFP is still provided. The necessary precautions are described in the attached brief instructions for moving the printer, you just need not discard the cardboard insert removed from the niche with the carriage when preparing the machine for use.

Control Panel, Menu

The control panel initially has only two organs visible - an LCD touch screen and a mechanical Power button. After turning on, other elements become visible: a blue wireless status indicator to the right of the display and three touch buttons to the left of it: to go to the initial screen, call for help and return to the previous screen.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

Both these buttons and Power are equipped with integrated white backlight.

The display also has a white backlight. The resolution is not very high but sufficient for a clear display of various icons, labels, display elements. All these elements are a little small, but you do not have to strain your eyesight. Viewing angles can also not be called large, but this does not create difficulties when interacting with the control panel in practice.

In power-saving mode, only the backlight of the Power button remains.


The tilt of the panel and the small height of the device make it quite comfortable to work in any position of the operator - sitting or standing.


HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

Structurally, the screen is divided into three parts. The top line, the narrowest, displays the headings of the modes or sections, subsections of the menu, and on the "home" page - the date and time.

The widest middle part contains mode icons: copy, scan, fax and setup. Scrolling is available here - horizontal on the "home" page and vertical in the settings.


The “basement” of the screen is occupied by icons that call up additional functions, including help on the status of the wireless connection and the remaining ink.

After the initial setup, the printer automatically goes into sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity, but this time can be increased to 15 minutes. The printer will automatically turn off after 2 hours of inactivity, after which it will need to be turned on with the Power button.


As with most modern printers, a quiet mode of operation is available, in which the overall noise level is reduced due to reduced productivity (but not quality).

However, the HP Smart Tank 615 has special features for this mode: firstly, it can be switched on quickly from the control panel during the printing process (although it will be activated only after the current page has finished printing and only before the end of the print job in progress). Secondly, you can turn on silent mode automatically, according to the schedule - for example, from 22 to 7 hours.


There is no special section for changing paper parameters in the menu, the task occurs immediately after loading it into the tray: a screen appears on which you can either confirm the current setting (A4 by default, normal) or proceed with changing the size and type.


But there are not so many types of paper: plain, photo paper (without dividing it into glossy, semi-glossy, matte), some special paper (in two types: glossy and matte) and thin/recycled. There are a lot of formats, even too much, but they are not displayed in the best way: for example, out of explicitly accepted photographs there is only 10 × 15 cm, other sizes are also there, but they are “hidden” behind the notation in inches.

The menu provides a number of maintenance procedures, including alignment of the heads already familiar to us, as well as nozzle cleaning (this item is not very correctly called “Cleaning the cartridges” in the Russian translation).

We have no significant claims to the Russification of the menu. The sensitivity of the screen to touch and gestures is quite normal, but you need to get used to scrolling: if you swipe your finger vigorously, you can easily “skip” the desired position or item.


As often happens, the screen surface is made glossy, and therefore instantly covered with fingerprints.

Copy


There are no special tricks when copying: we put the original on a glass or a stack of documents in the ADF (priority is given by the ADF), make sure that there is paper in the tray, if necessary, change the settings (by default, one copy is made at 100% scale) and press one of the lower screen buttons “Launch B / W” or “Launch Color”.

The number of copies can be changed in two ways: by scrolling a bar with values ​​from 1 to 99 or by direct input from the on-screen keyboard, which is called by the button to the right of this bar.


Other settings are called up by a button with a gear symbol in the lower-left corner of the screen. Among them, although there is a paper size/typesetting, you cannot change them using only the screen - you will have to remove the sheets from the input tray and insert them again so that the above confirmation/change paper settings screen appears.


Scaling has three options: "Valid" - 1: 1 copy, "Page Size" - auto-scaling (reducing or increasing) the size of the copy in accordance with the paper size in the tray, "Customized" - brings up a manual zoom screen from 25 to 400 percent in 1% increments (using the same system as for the number of copies).


You can make the copy lighter or darker, set the binding margin, instead of the usual one select improved or draft quality, and for improvement, you can also set the type of the original - mixed, text or photo. There are no tools for colour correction - this is found in devices of a higher level (and price).


The selected set of parameters can be saved, it will be used by default in the future.



There is also a mode of copying certificates - a small-sized document with two sides or spreads that will be placed on one page of the copy. The procedure is clear from the screenshots below:

USB local connection

For testing, a computer with Windows 10 (32-bit) was used.

Software installation


As mentioned above, the installation files must be downloaded from the official website of the company - we used HP Easy Start version 10.0.4029.14.
During installation, they followed the usual order: we install the software, only then physically connect the included MFP and the computer with a USB cable (for example, at the request of the installation program, if any). However, immediately after launching the EXE file, then search for the printer began - naturally, it was not detected.

But you don’t need to rush into the connection, click “Continue” to repeat the search. First, there will be a request for a connection method.


  • Select the "USB cable", followed by the instructions to connect the device:
  • The printer is safely detected; We confirm that this is necessary:
  • The next step is the selection of a software package, an Internet connection is required for installation. At first, we settled on the recommended first paragraph of HP Smart:
  • Since this application is installed from the Microsoft Store, an appropriate account is required. If there is no such record, then you can quickly create it, but if there is no such desire, you will have to start the installation again and select another option in the software list - for example, “All programs and drivers”, which we ultimately did to see what offered.
  • It turned out: you can install three programs:

But you can also cancel the installation of any of them or all at once. We can assume that in the latter case, the process will be reduced to the third option - the basic drivers, but we have installed a considerable number of additional elements, including six different plug-ins and help, any of which can be removed using the standard "Programs and Features" snap-in of the Windows control panel.
HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet


The next step is the proposal to enable HP cartridge protection. It is not very clear what this means for a cartridgeless printer, so just give a screenshot:

Finally, the Fax Setup Wizard starts; if this function is not used, the step can be skipped. As a result, we get the installed print and scan drivers.

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

In fact, the procedure is not so complicated and not too long, except that you have to click a little mouse.

Settings in print and scan drivers



Print settings are grouped into four pages. On the first, there are labels with clear names and a separate set of basic settings.


  • You can, in particular, print in colour or in grayscale, place up to 16 pages of a document on one print with a corresponding reduction, use borderless printing and choose one of three quality options (obviously, printing, not paper, as it appears in the corresponding line):


  • The choice of paper types here is not so great either: for example, the entire range of HP paper products for inkjet printing (excluding formats) comes down to one point.
  • Paper formats/sizes are set on the next page, this time the choice is different than in the MFP menu - in particular, for photo prints there are not only 10 × 15, but also popular 10 × 13 and 13 × 18 cm.
  • The third page basically repeats the one on the first, only adding a little:
  • But on the fourth page, not everything is clear at a glance:
  • Pressing the Help button does not clarify - only the window with the version number is displayed. However, there are also tooltips that appear when you hover over the corresponding line.
HP Real Life Technology sharpens text and graphics to improve print quality. But “Printing with Maxim” is not related to the machine gun, which was popular at the beginning of the last century, for some reason the phrase turned out to be truncated: it means printing with the maximum number of dots per inch for the most high-quality and clear images (the instruction complements: on photo paper). This is what the tips say, and what happens in reality, we will evaluate when analyzing the quality of prints.

As often happens, some settings are mutually exclusive or dependent. For example, borderless printing cannot be turned on for plain paper, and the “Print from Maxim” setting automatically turns on the best quality (one could assume that these are simply different names for one setting, but turning on the best quality does not activate the maximum number of dpi).

But silent mode cannot be enabled from the driver.

Two drivers are installed for scanning: WIA and TWAIN.

The first interface is the most common, it allows you to select a source (tablet or automatic feeder, in the first case, a preview is available), and also set the resolution to 1200 dpi for the tablet and up to 300 dpi for the ADF.

TWAIN, as usual, provides significantly more features, and even in a "simple" form:
You can specify what exactly is being scanned - a document or photo, specify two-sided processing (manually flipped), select a source and colour mode, and also determine the size:

If we go to the advanced settings, then for the images you can additionally set the resolution (for the ADF only from 75 to 300 dpi, and for the tablet up to 1200 dpi), set the exposure parameters and even exclude any colours.

For documents, the set is different: alignment and auto-feeding, skipping blank pages, clearing fields (filling them with white, black or the colour of the document) and clearing the background (deleting or smoothing).

As you can see, the list of additional features provided cannot be called trivial: much of the above has not always been found in the scanning drivers of multifunction devices of other manufacturers, and in this set, we don’t remember at all. Another thing - all this must be tested to achieve the best result, which will require considerable time, however, to use or not to use certain functions and capabilities (any, not only listed for the TWAIN driver) is always the owner’s private affair.

Note the features of the preview implementation in the TWAIN driver. By default, the “View after scanning” mode is set, that is, scans will not be immediately transferred to the application from which the driver is called, but first they will be displayed as thumbnails in the driver window, after which you can rotate any image and/or adjust the exposure, and only after clicking “Finish”, the data will be transferred to the application without re-scanning.

That is, there are no separate preliminary and “main” scanning procedures here. This works for both the tablet and the ADF, and if you need to immediately get the images in the application, you should remove the "bird" in the corresponding line.

Wi-Fi wireless network


Two options are possible, the first is a simple connection of two devices (without an external router or access point, the MFP itself plays this role).

The second is connecting to the wireless segment of an existing network (infrastructure). We will consider it, as a more universal way.


  • By default, the wireless adapter is turned off, turn it on: “Settings - Network Settings”.
  • From the same menu page, we launch the "Wireless Wizard. network ”, the search for routers begins, their list with a vertical scroll is displayed. Choose the one you need and start connecting to it.
  • To enter the password, an on-screen keyboard is used, each button on which corresponds to three letters or two numbers (the choice is made by successive pressing).
  • After connecting, the IP address (it is obtained by default via DHCP) is displayed in the network settings menu and in the summary of the wireless network (called by pressing the middle character in the bottom line of the "home" page).

The specification also mentions Bluetooth technology, but printing with it is not supported, and it is used only for configuration in the HP Smart application (we will examine it in more detail in the description of the interaction with mobile gadgets).

A variant of this application is installed along with a set of software for Windows, you can use it if you need to switch from a wired USB connection to wireless Wi-Fi (if the MFP is initially installed as a network, then when installing the software, we simply select the appropriate connection type).

In our case, after connecting to the network, the MFP remained connected to the computer’s USB port. HP Smart “saw” both options - both network and local; how to proceed further is written in the instructions.

But for switching we used another utility, which was also automatically installed, it is launched by the “HP Smart Tank 610 Series” icon.

As you can see, both connection options are also displayed here. Initially, USB was selected, select the network and click OK; after a short period of obtaining information, the HP assistant window opened:

And in the “Devices and Printers” snap-in, another HP Smart Tank 610 Series printer has appeared, which is no longer connected to a USB port, but as a WSD device. Printing went to it without additional manipulations, but scanning is possible only through the WIA driver, but if you definitely need to use TWAIN or the HP Scan application (about it just below), then the easiest way is to restart the software installation.

Work fax we traditionally do not test (for lack of appropriate opportunities) and only give examples MFP screenshots.

Scan Options


Together with the software package, the HP Scan application is installed, the interface of which almost completely repeats the above described for the TWAIN driver, only the scan profiles do not contain the types of originals, but the options for saving.

Accordingly, a bookmark with saving options is added.

As you can see, there are a lot of formats, for each (except BMP and PNG) there are additional settings. For example, for TIFF, you can define a compression method, as well as a method for processing multi-page documents — save them individually or in one common file.

You can initiate a scan not only from the application on the computer, but also from the MFP itself, and with any connection option, local or network.

To work, you must have HP software (for example, HP Smart) on the computer, which will be the "receiver" of the scan. Otherwise, the WSD mechanism will be used, and the LCD will display a message stating that HP software needs to be installed.

Web interface


When connected to the network, it becomes possible to use the device’s web interface, to enter it is enough to type the IP address of the MFP in the browser, there are no default passwords. We get to the main page where you can select the language (the button in the lower-left corner of the window, Russian is also available), as well as adjust its appearance by choosing the content that is most useful to you.

There is information about the device, including a common fingerprint counter, and consumables.

There is a remote chance in a number of settings, including those that we did not see in the menu of the device itself.

For security, it is possible to set a password to log on to the webserver.

You can change the default copy settings, set fax options, and create an address book for scanning.

There is a very detailed section on the status and configuration of the network, as well as the use of Internet printing services.

Work with mobile devices



We tested the freely downloadable HP Smart application (version 6.3.190 was relevant at the time of testing) with an Android smartphone connected to the same wireless network as the MFP.

Immediately after installation, the search started, after a few seconds, the device was detected.

Advanced Settings is a web interface that opens in a browser window.

To print, you need to install the HP Print Service module and enable this service.

When printing documents, you can view the pages and set those that should be displayed, select a colour or black and white mode, orientation, quality and scale.

For photos, you can additionally create a layout and assign a borderless print.

When scanning, a preview is available with the ability to determine the processing area, you can select a source (glass or ADF), colour mode and resolution (not higher than 300 dpi for both sources).

The resulting image can be further cropped and rotated.

Although the mode is called Scan to Email, the result can be printed or saved as a JPEG or PDF file.

Almost the same functionality and the option for Windows, which we talked about above, and even the user interface is quite similar.

Testing


The MFP does not turn on very quickly - the “home” screen appears 36-37 seconds after pressing Power, then preparatory processes go on for another half a minute, accompanied by the sounds of working mechanisms. The readiness time after inclusion in the specifications is not mentioned, therefore we cannot compare in terms of “more or less declared”.

Turning off the MFP takes 32-33 seconds; you need to do this correctly - with the Power button so that normal head parking occurs.

Sometimes the MFP automatically starts the "self-service" procedure, which can slightly delay the process of completing tasks.

Copy speed

Copying time of a full-colour A4 original at a scale of 1: 1 from a tablet (glass), ordinary paper, from start to full sheet output. The names of the quality settings are in accordance with the copy menu.
ModeQualityTime s
Colourdraft.25.6
normal49.6
best101.9
Black and whitedraft.12,2
normal16,4
best73.6
Colour copying is expected to be noticeably slower than black and white. The difference in copying time when changing the quality from draft to regular and from ordinary to best is significant.
If you specify a different type of paper, then the time can significantly, up to three times, increase. Examples are given below when evaluating the quality of copies made with different settings.
The maximum speed of copying a text monochrome A4 at a scale of 1: 1 from a tablet (glass), 10 copies of one document; plain paper.
QualityLead time, min: sSpeed, ppm
draft.1:108.6
normal1:197.6
best6:49 am1,5
normal silent mode2:254.1
At the same time, the number of copies made (including the one that is being printed) and the specified number are displayed through the fraction, that is, it is quite convenient to monitor the process.

The difference in speed between draft and normal quality is small, but if you select the "best" setting, then the speed will drop by 5-6 times. Quiet mode reduces the speed by almost half (perhaps for better quality the reduction will be less: the work is already slower, and therefore quieter).

The SOPM (Scan Once Print Many) mechanisms, that is, one scan for printing all copies, is not provided in the machine. This, firstly, reduces speed, which is especially noticeable with high quality, and secondly, it does not allow you to quickly remove the original from the glass if it is needed for further work: it is worth lifting the scanner lid and the copy process will be forcibly completed, and the current sheet may not be unpressed.

The difference with the draft value for the draft mode (up to 22 copies per minute) is significant. Perhaps it is due to the difference in methods.

Copy speed of a 10-page textual monochrome A4 original in 1: 1 scale using the automatic document feeder; one copy of the bag, plain paper.

QualityLead time, min: sSpeed, ppm
draft.2:024.9
normal2:084.7
best6:311,5
It is not so convenient to control the process on the LCD screen: only “Copy 1/1” is displayed.

It is not so convenient to control the process on the LCD screen: only “Copy 1/1” is displayed.

The difference between draft and normal quality is very small, and the transition to better quality reduces the speed by three times.

Another test using the ADF - we are trying to copy a 3-page document in 5 copies with the usual quality. The process is as follows: the first original is scanned and copies are printed from it, meanwhile, the next document is partially pulled into the ADF to be scanned at the end of printing copies of the first sheet, and so on. That is, to quickly remove the originals and in this case, will not work - the procedure lasted 2 minutes 4 seconds, while the stack of documents passed through the scanner only a little faster: in 1:25 minutes.

Print speed



All tests used A4 paper with a density of 80 g / m², setting “plain paper” (unless otherwise specified).

When wirelessly connecting the MFP, the test computer was in a wired network segment; there were no other devices.

Test print speed (PDF text file, print 11 sheets, countdown from the moment the first sheet was released to exclude data transfer time). The names of the quality settings are in accordance with the print driver menu.

Colour modeQualityTime sSpeed, ppm
Black ink onlydraft37.715.9
ordinary44.813,4
the best3252 (54 min 12 s)0.18
Colourdraft62.19.7
ordinary108,25.5
The maximum print speed for draft quality is less than stated in both black and white and colour mode (Draft: 22 and 16 ppm, respectively), but the difference is less than for copying.

The difference in speed between draft and normal quality is small, but still not negligible, especially if there are not ten prints, but significantly more.

Printing with the best quality is so slow that we could hardly wait for the end of monochrome printing - it lasted almost an hour, and we missed the printing stage in colour with such a setting: the trend is visible even without it (we’ll better give the figures for printing photo A4). Is there a big difference in prints - we’ll evaluate later, but it is unlikely that it can justify such a significant drop in productivity.

Now we’ll test the effect on the speed of additional settings - silent mode (it is included in the menu of the MFP itself, there is no such setting in the driver) and the use of other paper (the type “Prof. or HP Matte Paper for Brochures” is set).

The scheme is the same: 11 pages, the countdown from the moment the first sheet was released. Settings: black ink only, normal quality, the rest by default.
SettingTime sSpeed, ppm
Quiet mode, plain paper80,47.5
Prof. or HP Matte Brochure Paper, Quiet Mode Off8200.73
As with copying, quiet mode with normal quality reduces performance by about half.

Using other paper affects even more: with the type, we have chosen, the speed has decreased by more than an order of magnitude.

Printing a 20-page PDF file (plain quality, plain paper, other default settings) with different connection methods:
Colour modeUSBWifi
Time, min: sSpeed, ppmTime, min: sSpeed, ppm
Black ink only3:575.13:555.1
Colour14:271.4-
A significant decrease in print speed for this sample means that the driver is not very good at processing PDF files.

The printing itself is quite cheerful, only once at each of the two stages of the test were pauses of up to 15-18 seconds for the “self-service” mentioned above.

However, the difference between the speed of monochrome and colour printing turned out to be more significant than in previous cases.

In terms of speeds, the connection methods turned out to be equivalent, the difference is close to the measurement error. But we must remember that in the presence of many devices with active data exchange in the network, the ratio can be completely different.

Photo printing (single fingerprint, USB connection, best quality, HP photo paper, borderless):
FormatSettingTime, min: s
A4HP Real Life and Maxim Print - Off15:17
HP Real Life and Maxim Printing - On15:23
10 × 15 cmHP Real Life and Maxim Print - Off4:39
HP Real Life and Maxim Printing - On4:53
The print time for the photos is quite impressive, especially on A4.

Although the increase in the time stated in the instructions when printing in the maximum resolution mode is confirmed, everything is not so scary: even in a small format the difference is not too noticeable, but in a large one it is more likely symbolic

Scan speed



We used a package of 10 A4 sheets supplied by the ADF (recall: you can set a resolution of no higher than 300 dpi for it). When originals are loaded in the ADF, a notification appears.

Scanning was performed from the computer - from the start by the application button to the appearance of the last page in its window.

Connection,
driver
Settings
(the type of the original for TWAIN is an image, only for it the resolution is set directly )
Time,
min: s
USB,
TWAIN
150 dpi, grey (8-bit.)1:56
300 dpi black and white (fast)1:55
300 dpi, semitone (1-bit.)1:56
300 dpi grey (8-bit.)1:59
300 dpi colour (24-bit RGB)2:57
Wi-Fi
WIA
150 dpi, black and white image or text1:58
300 dpi black and white (grayscale)2 a.m.
300 dpi colour image2:56
Different monochrome scanning options differ little in speed, and even halving the resolution does not actually affect performance. The explanation is simple: when the amount of information obtained by scanning is small, the main contribution is not from its transfer to the computer, but from the process of sending the originals through the ADF.

When scanning in colour, the amount of data increases markedly, transmission takes longer, and the job execution time is increased by one and a half times.

The time spent on scanning with different connection methods and with different drivers turned out to be almost the same, small discrepancies may well be due to random reasons.

For reference: when using a USB connection, scanning from a tablet (glass) of a A4 full-color original without borders with a resolution of 600 dpi in color took 1 minute 10 seconds, with a resolution of 1200 dpi - 4 minutes 21 seconds (there was a suggestion to reduce the resolution because the file will turn out to be large, and scanning will take a lot of time).

Another note: for WIA, when using the automatic document feeder, the default format is Legal, which is significantly longer than A4; do not forget to change it to the desired one. When scanning from a tablet, a direct format change will not be available, but if you start with a preview, the actual document size will be automatically selected, and if auto-detection does not work correctly, the scan area can be manually adjusted.

Noise measurement

Measurements are made when the microphone is located at the level of the head of a seated person and at a distance of one meter from the MFP.
The background noise level of less than 30 dBA is a quiet office room, of working equipment, including lighting and air conditioning, only the MFP itself and a test laptop. The quality setting for printing and copying is “plain”, plain paper.
Measurements were made for the following modes:
  • (A) the maximum value during initialization after switching on,
  • (B) scanning from a tablet (glass),
  • (C) scanning from the ADF,
  • (D) copying from a tablet (glass),
  • (E) copying from the ADF,
  • (F) copying from a tablet (glass), quiet mode,
  • (G) print run,
  • (H) print run, silent mode.
Since the noise is uneven in many modes, the table shows the maximum level values ​​for the listed modes, and through the fraction - short-term peak levels.
ABCDEFGH
Noise, dBA52,536.0 / 38.046.5 / 55.543.0 / 62.044.5 / 62.540.5 / 48.548.5 / 60.546.5 / 53.5
Like most inkjet printers, the most noticeable in volume is the moment of energetic paper feed. In silent mode, the flow occurs more smoothly, which significantly reduces peak levels; other noises also become less intense due to a decrease in print speed, but the effect is no longer so noticeable.

The quiet mode has almost no effect on scanning processes.

In standby mode, the device does not make noise.

Feed path test


During the previous test, we printed about 300 pages on plain paper with a density of 80 to 120 g / m², there were no problems.

In addition, for photo prints, we used HP glossy paper for colour inkjet printing in A4 formats (200 g / m²) and 10 × 15 (250 g / m², short-edge feed). There was no problem with the larger format either, but for the smaller one it was noticed that the last sheet may not be fed in - we stacked 3-4 sheets three times, the top sheets always grabbed normally, and the last sheet got stuck twice, and for the third time at the time of filing, we simply slightly nudged him with a finger. Actually, even if this is typical of all printers in the series, the trouble is not big: you just need to put one more sheet in the input tray.

We simply did not have a paper with the maximum declared density for HP of 300 g / m², sheets of 280 g / m² were fed normally.

Since there is no duplex in the MFP, a separate question is only with the automatic document feeder of the scanner, the maximum paper density for which is not indicated in the specification.

Ten sheets with a density of 120 g / m² passed through it completely safe. Paper 160 g / m² was already difficult to feed, sometimes slowing down, and although ten such sheets also passed through the ADF without jams, we recommend limiting the density of documents to 140-150 g / m² and scanning denser ones with glass.

The machine also dealt normally with envelopes. The instruction recommends placing no more than 10 pieces in the feed tray.

In relation to the receiving tray, note: it consists of two pull-out steps and a folding element. It needs to be pulled out completely so that both steps come out, as shown in the photo above, and if only the first step is pulled out (the spring-loaded hinged element opens by itself), unpleasant consequences are possible when working with A4 format: the front edge of the output sheet hooks and stops, and the rest of the sheet bends a lot.

It does not make sense to describe these observations in detail, just repeat the tip to pull out the tray completely when working with A4 and similar formats. For smaller prints like 10 × 15 cm, only the first step with a hinged element can be extended, even partially.

Print Quality

Unless otherwise specified, Class A office paper with a weight of 120 g / m² was used.

Text Samples


When printing with normal quality, set in the “Dr. mat. paper for printing pages ”and only in black ink the transmission of text samples is very good: legibility starts from the 4th size for sans-serif fonts, and with serifs, conditionally readable can even be called the second size without sans-serif.

If you look with the naked eye, the contours of the letters are quite clear, the fill is dense. With strong magnification, irregularities along the edges of the characters become noticeable - even good office paper is far from the smoothness of photo paper, moreover, it has more pores where ink spreads.

The best quality makes the second size of both font types readable. The inclusion of the “HP Real Life” and “Print from Maxim” functions, as well as another set of the colour mode “Print in grayscale, high quality”, do not make any noticeable changes.

HP Smart Tank 615


Draft quality (only black ink, the mentioned functions are turned off) makes the elements of characters a little more subtle, but this is noticeable mainly in direct comparison. In addition, the ink is a little more diffuse. Nevertheless, readability here begins with the fourth size.

HP Smart Tank 615

It is difficult to say how much ink can be saved in draft mode, but print speed, as shown by previous tests, increases slightly while maintaining readability at a very decent level. But printing with the best quality will hardly be used in practice: with a slight improvement in readability, a drop in productivity is just dramatic, you can still print three or four sheets in this mode, but hardly any longer.

With the installation of "Special. matte paper ”in the MFP settings, the result of copying a text original on which the 2nd size is also readable can be called very good even with the“ Normal ”quality setting (improvements are disabled): confident readability starts from the 4th size. However, the copy time will be significant - 3 minutes 46 seconds.

If you use "Improvements - Text", the result will be the readability of the 2nd size for a sans-serif font. At the same time, the process ends even faster: in 3 minutes 20 seconds, we do not undertake to explain this.

HP Smart Tank 615

The same original with the “Normal” paper setting, with the “Normal” quality and without improvement, is copied in just 12 seconds, while readability also starts from the 4th size, except that serif fonts of this size can be read with some difficulty. But keep in mind: if the ordinary paper is not just by name, but cheap and porous, then the result will probably be noticeably worse.

Samples with text, graphic design and illustrations.



We print such originals in colour, and colour rendering flaws begin to affect, for which no correction is provided for either when printing (in the driver) or when copying (in the MFP menu).

So, when printing with the quality “Normal” and “Best”, the images acquire a yellowish tint, especially noticeable on a grey background. For example, we give a comparison with the original - it is not entirely correct, because the scanner introduces an additional error for the print, but gives an idea of ​​what is happening:

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet
With draft quality, the colour rendering becomes better - in any case, the excess of yellow disappears, but another defect appears that is often found in inkjet printing: stripes across the movement of the sheet, which are especially noticeable in areas with a solid fill.

These bands, although not so pronounced, can be seen with the usual quality. They completely disappear at the best quality, but only the printing time will be unacceptably long.

However, where there are no continuous fills of a large area, it is very difficult to notice the strip. And I must say that even with the draft quality it turns out pretty well.

Copies (with “Normal” paper settings, “Best” quality, improvements are turned off) is obtained both fairly quickly and well - there are no stripes, readability is quite normal, there are no significant complaints about the colour reproduction.

Test strip


We tested two types of paper: Class A office paper with a weight of 120 g / m² (setting in the driver “Other Mat. Paper for Printing”) and HP Everyday Glossy Photo Paper (glossy, HP Q2510A) with the setting “HP Photo Paper”. There are no visible differences for this test sample, only something can be noticed with careful comparison using a magnifying glass - ink on the photo paper has much less pore, so the smallest details are transmitted more clearly, and the print on it looks more advantageous due to the gloss.

The distinguishability of the neutral density scale is from 2-3 to 97-98 percent. Color density:
  • Cyan - 3% —93%;
  • Magenta - 3% —98%;
  • Yellow - 8% —94%;
  • Black - 2% —98%.
There are some colour rendering errors.

Dies are dense, the raster is noticeable only at a significant increase. On gradients, unevenness is observed in some places.

The colour combination on both axes is very good, thin lines are reproduced without noticeable even with increasing gaps and steps, there are no overflows on thin curved lines (of course, accurate to the porous structure of the paper, which affects such small details).

The number of lines per inch for photo paper is 110-120, for office paper - closer to 100 LPI.

HP Smart Tank 615

Text fields are also reproduced very decently: when printing with normal and inversion fonts with serifs and without are read from the 4th size. Even a decorative font, which is usually transmitted much worse, is really readable with a size from the 5th normal and from the 6th inversion.

Differences when you turn on the functions "HP Real Life" and "Print with Maxim" we did not find even with a magnifying glass.

When copying, the results are expected to be worse, primarily in terms of colour reproduction, in addition, the print at default settings becomes too dark. The distinguishability of the scales turned out to be significantly less, the intelligibility of all fonts decreased. Moreover, there is any noticeable difference between the copies with the types of paper “Normal” and “Special. the matte paper "no, the only thing is if the original is borderless, then the copy in the second case will also be borderless, and in the first case with margins.

Photos


As usual, we note: printing and copying photographs for such a technique are not the main functions and can only be evaluated “out of credit”, especially if you try to make them on plain paper.

However, we did have HP photo paper — the already mentioned A4 Everyday Glossy Photo Paper, as well as HP Advanced Glossy Photo Paper (HP Q8008A, size 10 × 15 cm, 250 g / m²). And, of course, we tried to print photos on it.

The main claim here is to colour rendering. Most likely, this is due to the presence in the print driver and in the copy settings of only one setting for the whole range of photo paper offered by HP. Even in the driver of the inexpensive HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 5525 MFP, which we met six years ago, there were five different options only for HP photo paper, not counting “Other Photo Paper,” and we estimated the colour rendering of this machine quite high in due time.

According to our observations, this is the only available installation “HP Photo Paper” more or less suitable for Everyday Glossy paper, but Advanced Glossy is worse.

But there are no complaints about other aspects of printing photo images, including the transfer of small details. Here is an example (HP Everyday Glossy paper):

HP Smart Tank 615 Inkjet

And here, there were no noticeable differences when the HP Real Life and Print from Maxim functions were turned on.

The following sample prints were made on HP Advanced Glossy Photo Paper.

Memorable colours, in general, are transmitted quite well, unless an excess of red is added (this is noticeable on the pumpkin, which is more yellow on the original).

Images in which light flashes are combined with deep and sharp shadows are reproduced normally, but again with an accuracy of colour reproduction: we present the fingerprint scan and the original (again we recall the incomplete correctness of such a comparison - the scanner introduces its distortions, but the overall impression is still transmitted) .

HP Smart Tank 615

An excess of red is especially noticeable here.

The transmission of details in highlights and shadows is good, pictures are reproduced well with many small details that combine warm, cold and neutral shades.

HP Smart Tank 615

When copying photos, the result using HP Everyday Glossy photo paper and with the appropriate setting is not happy: the copy is too dark (which you can try to fix with the Light / Dark adjustment) and with a greenish tint (but there is nothing to remove it from).

The copy on plain paper (but not cheap, but high-quality, class A; setting “Normal”) turned out to be unexpectedly good: brightness-contrast and colour rendition are clearly closer to normal. That's just the paper must be taken denser so that it does not warp from the abundance of ink poured on its entire surface. And, of course, next to a glossy print, such a copy looks like a Cinderella.

findings

he further development of the line of cartridgeless MFPs offered by HP Inc can be called quite successful, including due to the general tendency to remove refillable containers inside the device, which makes it more compact.

The package also does not lag behind similar modern models from other manufacturers: together with the MFP, an ink supply for 8 thousand colour and 18 thousand black and white prints is supplied.

There is also a choice: a potential buyer, in accordance with his needs and financial capabilities, can purchase both the simplest machine without an automatic feeder and a single interface, as well as a more advanced one, with USB and Wi-Fi, ADF, and even with or without fax.

However, until it comes to duplex (automatic duplexer) - all models are offered without it. And the only delivery tray with a relatively small capacity (up to 100 sheets of office paper), coupled with a 30-sheet receiving tray, reduces the usability of any significant print runs. We hope that in the foreseeable future HP Smart Tank models with more advanced equipment will appear.

With the printing of photographs, the situation is not too good, primarily in terms of colour rendition. In our opinion, this is due to the lack of separate settings (colour profiles) for a considerable number of different grades of HP paper intended for colour inkjet printing. But this is a fixable matter, it comes down only to improving print drivers and firmware — perhaps, in the next versions, what has been said will be taken into account, a wider selection of possible settings will appear, and the owner will only have to update the software via the Internet.

But the quality of printing and copying purely text documents is very high, and those containing illustrations and graphic design elements are very good, and you can achieve excellent results (when installing "Best"), but, unfortunately, at the cost of a very significant drop in speed.




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