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HP Photosmart Wireless All-in-One B109 - HP Photosmart Wireless All-in-One B109

By Simon Williams



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All inkjet printers have to undergo housekeeping, to maintain the nozzles in their print heads and keep the print quality high. This usually involves squirting small amounts of ink onto an absorbent pad inside the printer every so often. There's been a trend in recent printers and all-in-ones to increase the time taken for this housekeeping, which happens periodically before the start of a print job. The Photosmart Wireless B109 takes this to extremes, though.

At the start of printing our five-page text print test, the machine chuntered away for 30 seconds before starting to print. This is a long time, as long as we've seen from any inkjet, but when printing our best quality photo print the machine ‘prepared' for a full minute before feeding paper and starting to print.

This is unacceptable, particularly as print speeds are quoted excluding any preparation time and so give an unrealistic impression of the time you'll have to wait for a print. This preparation doesn't occur on every job, but it did twice during our comparatively short test sequence.

The best times we could get from the machine were 36 seconds for the five-page text print, which is a speed of 8.33ppm and this increased to 10.17ppm for the 20-page job. Our five-page text and colour graphics test gave 5.17ppm. These speeds are all a little faster than from the C309, which is slightly odd for the cheaper machine.

The prints themselves are good, with strong, well-formed black text characters and little sign of any feathering. Colour graphics are also good, with clean, solid colour fills, good bright colours and excellent registration of black text over colour. A colour photocopy also reproduced well and was hard to tell from the original.

The photo test at best quality produced the kind of results we expect from HP inkjets, with good, natural colours, smooth transitions in areas of sky and a high level of detail, even caught in shadowed areas of the image. The machine is also capable of reproducing bright shades, when an image demands. These were altogether better results than from the Photosmart Premium.

This printer uses the same cartridges as its more expensive sibling, giving very similar costs. Using the high yield, XL cartridges, we calculate an ISO black page to be 3.25p and a colour one 7.91p. Both these costs are very reasonable, particularly for a machine costing under £90.


In nearly all respects, this is an excellent budget all-in-one, offering high quality print, at good prices and with the added convenience of wireless connection and touch controls. HP really does need to look at the length of time the machine spends housekeeping, though. There's little point in engineering fast print speeds, if it takes up to a minute before the printer starts its work.


November 15, 2009, 11:16 am

This may be a silly question, but does this do wireless scanning? You call this an "All-on-One", but only review it as a printer.


November 15, 2009, 10:52 pm

Just brought one of these today (prior to seeing this review). I can confirm that Wireless scanning works. The HP demo guy said that it did, but reading the manual before installation gave the impression it didn't! However, connected and tested all OK.


November 16, 2009, 12:28 pm

Thanks JamieB :-)


November 16, 2009, 2:51 pm

@the machine chuntered away for 30 seconds before starting to print.

Although 30 seconds might seem like a long time.

I used to have Canon & an Epson, and got fed up of having to do there head cleaning program that wasted 30 mins of MY time, since using a HP never had any issues, even if I had not used the printer for over a month.

So, if I had the choice of waiting 30 seconds every now and again, or having to go through the whole head cleaning each time I didn't' use the printer for a week, I know which one I'd go for. :)


December 30, 2009, 4:18 pm

This is the worst printer I've ever owned. The wireless connectivity works one time in five. It chudders and clunks for 30 secs before printing anything - or more often, nothing. It wastes loads of paper printing redundant reports. It installs hundreds of megs of bloatware that pops up hp ads for consumables. And after printing 17 pages, it ran out of ink! I've always bought hp for their quality and fuss-free performance. Not this one - it's utter junk.

Linda Anthony

June 30, 2010, 1:12 pm

Bought this just for printing photos from the card in my camera, unfortunately, the slot for the card is not big enough.


January 26, 2014, 8:27 pm

This the worst product I have ever had... :-(. My 3 years experience: Wireless feature worked for 3 months only, the printer has its own life, meaning that its always doing some stupid internal chceks for minutes, after I inserted ORIGINAL cartridges the printer complained that they are not originals... The consumption of the ink is HORRRRRRIBLE, I use it not so often 5-10 pages /month, but actually each time it is switched on approx. 15_20 % of the ink cartridges disappear... Spent HELL lot of money on cartridges, but when really required a simple black/white page to be printed, it always failed... Disaster. This product is HORRIBLE, I will never buy ANYTHING from HP until I die...I am really looking forward to see the printer falling out from my balcony (4th floor) :-)))) . Reommend to buy really a different brand.

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