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HP Photosmart Plus B210a review

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HP Photosmart Plus B210a - Touchscreen

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Excellent print quality
  • Responsive touch panel controls
  • Powered photo tray

Cons

  • No duplex print
  • Need adapter for xD cards
  • No Pictbridge/USB socket

Key Features

  • Touchscreen
  • Wireless connection with WPS setup
  • Dual paper trays
  • Downloadable Web applets
  • ePrint
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £70.00

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.

HP Photosmart Plus B210a - Touchscreen

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.

HP Photosmart Plus B210a

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.

GerryD

June 5, 2011, 11:56 pm

Where did you source the Photosmart Plus B210a for £70? Most suppliers are quoting nearly twice that figure.

Thanks

Gerry

MrFawlty

June 19, 2011, 7:57 pm

Good review. I have the B110 and am very pleased with it. Make sure you get the XL cartridges tho as the normal ones do not contain much ink and run out very quickly. Fortunately HP's cartridges seem to have dropped in price over the years and are now as reasonable as Epson's or Canon's.

@GerryD, Amazon have it for £69.99

Denonite

September 26, 2011, 7:59 pm

Picked up one of these in Comet a few months ago for £54.99 promo price which ran for around a week. At that price you can't fault it but wish i'd not given my kids the email address for eprint, was going through in at a rate of knots

D Ingleby

October 3, 2011, 9:52 pm

Where did you source the Photosmart Plus B210a for £70? Most suppliers are quoting nearly twice that figure.

Thanks

David

rogerpb

November 22, 2011, 4:28 am

It is a pity that the lid is not hinged in such a way that it is possible to make copies from pages of a thick book. Most multifunction copiers can do this, and I think Trusted Reviews should make a point of stating when this is not the case.

Ed

November 22, 2011, 11:49 am

We generally do. In this particular case, considering this is a £70 multi-function we thought it reasonable that it drop a few features so (unconsciously) didn't mention it.

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