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HP Photosmart Plus B209a - Wireless All-in-One Printer review




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HP Photosmart Plus B209a - Wireless All-in-One Printer


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Twin paper trays (standard, photo)
  • Excellent print quality
  • Good value


  • Slow start-up

Key Features

  • 1200dpi print resolution
  • SD/MemoryStick/xD card slot
  • 1200ppi scanner
  • 61mm touchscreen display
  • PictBridge
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: free/subscription

There are three Photosmart all-in-ones in HP’s range: the Photosmart, the Photosmart Wireless and the Photosmart Plus, which sits in the middle and is the subject of this review. It’s designed as a home machine, with a leaning towards photo print.

Like its stablemates, the Plus is decked out in textured and high gloss black and has a raised panel sticking up in front of the flatbed scanner lid, which contains a 61mm touchscreen with dedicated touch buttons down either side. Its position makes the screen very easy to use, as does the sensitivity of the panel itself.

Below the control panel are two memory card slots, which between them can take SD, MemoryStick and xD cards. There's also a PictBridge socket that will also read USB drives.

There are two paper trays integrated into the front of the machine, a 150-sheet one for plain paper up to A4 size and another for up to 20 sheets of photo paper. The photo tray automatically powers into the printer when you select to print on this media. Pages feed out to the top of the paper trays, though you have to extend a support and paper stop, considerably increasing the overall footprint of the Photosmart Plus.

This is a four-colour printer, which can take either standard or XL cartridges in the CMYK inks. The cartridges, which look oddly similar to Canon consumables, clip into the print head and the machine then completes an alignment page, which has to be scanned back in, before the first prints can be made.

Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and Linux alternatives using the CUPS protocol can be downloaded from the HP site. In addition there is the usual mix of HP utilities, including Solution Center, and a copy of Windows Live Photo Gallery.

The printer can be connected via USB or Ethernet, but also offers wireless connection, though you have to connect temporarily via USB (a cable is supplied) to set up the link. This can be awkward if you’ve bought the machine because you have space restrictions on your desk.


December 30, 2009, 5:48 pm

I assume this is the same printer as - http://www.laskys.com/computin...

HP have conveniently not included a model number on the page, and Laskys have no more information...

Slightly weary of buying a printer based upon seemingly matching pictures alone!

Andy Vandervell

December 31, 2009, 12:36 am

Yeah, the same. The model number is strictly necessary since there's only one Touchsmart Plus - at least that's my understanding.


December 31, 2009, 2:33 am

surely this is no match for the epson fw700?



March 10, 2013, 6:11 pm

HATE THIS DEVICE....check out the reviews on Amazon.com, they are a lot more "real world". It's got a 2/5 star review and about 16/18 of the written reviews express the same frustrations with its horrible WIFI connection issues. It constantly drops out, and needs to be reconnected via USB, drivers reloaded etc. Most people throw this device away after a short while it seems....me included >:(

David Rock

April 27, 2014, 2:45 am

The www.laskys.com link above is flagged and blocked by my Vipre antivirus. I recommend not clicking on it. Your mileage may vary...

joao batista

June 2, 2014, 7:54 pm

I hate it too!!! HP never more!!!

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