HP 515 Vs 530 Smart Tank Printer Comparison

HP 515 Vs 530 Smart Tank Printer Comparison

Introduction

Printers are one of the most important parts of an office, where the computer systems are regularly used. In printers, HP has been a renowned name since the ’80s. The brand has been popular for producing some great quality printers at affordable prices. There is no price segment in the market where HP has not offered a great printer. With the offerings in the ink tank and wireless printers, the brand has become a more dominant part of the printer industry.

Today, we will have a look at two such ink tank printers from HP that provide a lot of features at a great price. These printers perform exceptionally well and are great for an office or home. Let’s look at HP smart tank 515 and HP smart tank 530 All-in-one printers to compare their features.

HP has categorized both the printers under the ‘smart tank’ printing devices. They are called in such a manner because of their efficient use of ink while printing. This new technology not only saves on the ink cost but also saves on the ink refill.

Features

Hp 515 Smart Tank

Hp 515 Smart Tank Printer

Hp 530 Smart Tank

Hp 530 Smart Tank Printer

Functionality Multifunction Printer Multifunction Printer
Cost Less Expensive Little Expensive
Connectivity USB 2.0, Dual-band WiFi& Bluetooth LE USB 2.0, Dual-band WiFi& Bluetooth LE
Page Yield

6000 Prints (B/W)

8000 Prints (Colour)

6000 Prints (B/W)

8000 Prints (Colour)

Print Speed

9 IPM (B/W)

5 IPM (Colour)

9 IPM (B/W)

5 IPM (Colour)

Display 7-segment display Touch-screen display
OS Support

Windows 7 or higher

macOS

Windows 7 or higher

macOS

ADF Not Available Available
Memory 256MB

256MB

Duplex Printing
Manual

Manual

Ideal User Home, small and medium businesses

Home, small and medium businesses

Price
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Design

  • HP 515 and 530 don’t have the usual HP printer look. HP has adopted a new style for their smart tank series printers. Both of the printers are made of high-quality durable plastic with a robust structure.
  • The design of the HP 515 printer is minimal. The smaller footprint of the printer makes it apt for office use and home use.
  • The design of the HP 530 is also similar except the paper tray placed on the top.
  • Both the printers have an integrated ink tank and one can easily check on the ink levels.
  • Both the printers come with a small display screen to make the communication with device easier. However, the screen on the HP 530 also provides the touch screen functionality.
  • On the top lies the scanner tray for both models.
  • HP 515 weighs around 5.15 kgs, while the HP 530 weights around 6.15 kgs.

 

Print & Scan Properties

We know HP printers to provide the best quality prints when compared to other models in the market. These models are no exception to that. However, some features are only available in the HP 530 models which makes it easier and faster to print on the HP 530.

  • Both these printers can yield up to 6000 pages in black and around 8000 pages in colour, which is a great number for a printer in this range.
  • HP 515 does not include the ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) function which is disappointing for a printer in this range. Whereas, HP 530 provides the ADF function.
  • Both the printers have the same speed of printing is around 8.8 ppm for black and white prints and around 5 ppm for coloured prints.
  • The scanner in HP 515 is flatbed whereas the HP 530 has a flatbed and ADF scanner tray, with a tray capacity of 35 pages. The maximum paper size that both the printers can print on is 300 GSM.
  • Both these printers can print with a resolution of 1200×1200 dpi and produce a great picture quality. The scanner can work at a maximum size of 216 x 297 mm.
  • The scan output file format for HP 515 is Jpg, Bmp, Tiff, Pdf, Rtf, Txt, Png and for HP 530 is Jpeg, Tiff, Pdf, Bmp, Png.

Regardless of the differences in printing and scanning features, both the machines provide a great print quality. Both the printers also support borderless printing and provide a great scan resolution.

HP has offered both these printers under the name of Smart tank printer. This new series of printers provide a similar output of a normal ink tank printer but optimizes the ink consumption more efficiently.

The cost of printing a page in both the printers is the same. The ink tanks in both the printers are integrated into the machine and can be quickly refilled. The ink cost is fairly low in cases where the printer is used in an office environment for printing and scanning.

 

Mobile Integration

One of the great things about HP 515 and 530 is their integration with smartphones. From giving basic printing commands to checking ink levels, all can be done through smartphones. This feature really makes these printers truly next-generation printers.

Apart from HP Smart app, HP 515 and 530 printers support apps like Mopria and Easy print support. These are premium apps that support several other printers such as Canon, HP, Samsung, Xerox, etc.

One of the great things about HP 515 and 530 is their integration with smartphones. From giving basic printing commands to checking ink levels, all can be done through smartphones. This feature really makes these printers truly next-generation printers.

Apart from HP Smart app, HP 515 and 530 printers support apps like Mopria and Easy print support. These are premium apps that support several other printers such as Canon, HP, Samsung, Xerox, etc.

 

Connectivity & OS Support

According to the connectivity option provided by both the printers are very similar.

Both the printers provide the basic connectivity options of a wired USB. Apart from that both the printers are WiFi-enabled and provide great wireless connectivity for printing. This feature is very useful when a printer is placed in an office. Anyone in the workgroup can print through the same printer, regardless of the location because of the WiFi printing feature.

Apart from these, HP 515 and 530 also has an additional connectivity option of Bluetooth LE. This makes wireless printing much easier. One can still print through the printer wirelessly, even if they do not have the WiFi connectivity option. This feature allows the user to connect a device with the printer without the use of wires. Another advantage of Bluetooth LE is that it can automatically wake up the printer from sleep mode if we want to perform any tasks while it is sleeping.

HP 515 and 530 printers support dual-band Wi-Fi option. This feature avoids delays in wireless transmission due to interference with home WiFi devices. It also ensures fast file transmission. Dual-band WiFi uses two frequencies 2.4 GHz (frequencies used in normal home Wi-Fis) and 5 GHz.

Considering OS support, both the printers can work on Windows and Mac operating system. Users can download drivers and other important software for both operating systems from the HP website.