You’ll be forgiven for thinking we’ve already reviewed HP’s Photosmart Plus inkjet all-in-one, as the company has a penchant for reusing model names, which makes ordering (and reviewing) prone to errors. In fact, we’ve previously reviewed the Photosmart Plus B209a, while this is the Photosmart Plus B210a, a completely different beast.
This printer is all dressed up in black, with an embossed pattern on its scanner lid and what looks a bit like an iPhone laid on its side on an angled tray at the front. Unlike the Photsmart eStation C510 the silver-framed ‘pad’ on the front of the Photosmart Plus is fixed and is just a fancy way of including touch panel controls.
As well as an 89mm touchscreen, there are three dedicated touch buttons down either side, which illuminate when their functions are relevant. The screen itself is responsive and includes gesture recognition so you can, for instance, scroll through downloaded web apps by wiping a finger across the screen. There's only one physical button, next to the control pad, which powers the printer on and off.
Below the control panel is a 125-sheet A4 paper tray, with a secondary, powered photo tray set above it, which can take blanks up to 13 x 18cm. There’s a dual SD and MemoryStick card slot to the left of the paper trays, but no facility for PictBridge or USB drives.
At the back is a lone USB socket, but the printer also supports wireless connection and this is very easy to establish if your wireless router supports WPS setup. You’ll also want to register the printer with HP’s download site, so you have access to a growing range of printer applets. You can also use the printer's remote access facility, via ePrint.
There are four ink tanks, which clip into the semi-permanent head, once you've installed that in the printer's head carrier. Software installation is painless and HP provides its usual bundle of support applets, though of course these are supplemented by any Web apps you download.