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HP Photosmart Plus B209

HP Photosmart Plus B209
alaScore 83

282 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 282 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the print quality and design are generally positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed opinions on the multifunction and noise.

value for money, performance, usability, design, print quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Photosmart Plus B209 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 282 reviews)

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Awful, buggy software, resource hog, cheap quality


I came from using a 12 year old HP colour laser jet and really wish I had kept that. The first unit would only print yellow after 1 week. I spent weeks trying to get a replacement. The software takes hours to install & uses a ton of PC resources. The 'scan to PC' function is so unreliable I gave up on it. Wireless frequently drops and I need to reboot the printer. If I try to print duplex, the second page never prints and gets stuck in my print spooler, locking up the printer. It cannot remember A4 as default paper size, reverting everytime to 'Letter'. (Only the USA uses this paper size, the other 6.7 billion people uses A4...) The black ink cartridges only last a few pages before I have to buy a new one.

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Piece of JUNK!


Very poor producct, defective print head. I have already replaced. Will NEVER purchase another HP Printer!!

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I've probably owned/used more than a dozen HP printers over the years. Never had one I disliked ... until now.The B209 is unquestionably the worst printer of any brand I've ever had. In fact, it's the only one I'd rate as unacceptable. It seems I'm schlepping to the store every two weeks for ink cartridges and this is my home printer with *extremely* light printing requirements. It literally sucks the ink out and I've no idea where it goes. Certainly not on the paper! Plus, the photo printing quality is extremely - and this is a "photosmart" printer. I hate it.

NONE OF THE ABOVE, Connectivity

Control panel, Build quality, Noise, Multifunction, Ink consumption, INK CONSUMPTION. PHOTO QUALITY


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Wouldn't buy again!


Bought this model when it was newer and paid about double the current advertised price. Total waste of money. I've never had a printer go bad with the volume I print but have only replaced them with upgraded models after years of dependable use. This HP 209A is just over a year old and has given me many problems including the print head is now bad. Mine is just the Photo Smart Plus, my son has the all in one and has been having similar print head problems. This model does use alot of ink and now is not printing black at all because the ink is not flowing through the print head. Will definitely look at other brands to repla.ce this

Fast operation, Easy to use


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Review: HP Photosmart Plus Edition Model B209A


A review of this excellent wireless all-in-one inkjet printer from HP.

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Amazon review summary for HP Photosmart Plus B209


alaTest has collected and analyzed 451 user reviews of HP Photosmart Plus B209 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

usability, value for money, performance, print quality, design

build quality

56% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart Plus Wireless All-in-One Printer (CD035A#ABA)HP Photosmart Plus B209A Printer

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Good Stuff


This is our second B209a. Why? because it does what it says it will do very well and is easy to operate. As to ink usage, if you're gonna get good prints, you're gonna use ink! As to that I get 16 re-filled cartridges on E-Bay for $44 dollars and they...

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Poor Ink Life but excellent form factor


Prints really well. Very noisy, and I was deaf before I started using it. is terrible. Have already changed cartridges 3 times for lower than normal usage. I like the scanner and form factor, however.

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over this clunker!


sorry HP, you're down many points on my scale for this printer. I've moved over to Canon.

it will be leaving as soon as my Canon arrives

INK HOG! Might get two pages per cartridge if I'm lucky. It seems like every time I need to print, the black cartridge is low. Also, this thing takes forever to boot up. It runs it's diagnostic/calibration test for like 3 hours before it prints a dang...

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Good deal and great printer!


Set up was easy and all features work great! A little noisy, but really happy with the quality.

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HP PhotoSmart Plus sucks


I will trash this printer when I use all of the ink(which won't be long now). Thank goodness I did not pay that much for it. I long for the days when my other brand printer was working; it worked for many years beautifully until it recently gave up the...

Quick setup ; Wireless

Paper feeder jams ; Sometimes goes berserk and prints an infinite number of copies ; Uses ink like it is going out of style ; Sometimes it leaves a border on the 4x6 photos and sometimesit does not, very irritating

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Excellent printer for the price


Print quality is great. Set-up for wireless was relatively painless. The only problem was keeping the printer on our Windows 7 machine. Occasionally it wouldn't show up in the printers menu, which was a hassle. We uninstalled the printer from that...

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Not fit for public expression...

Looks nice ; Have had several conversations with nice HP support people in Inda

When I bought it, the print heads were bad. Called HP, and they sent a new assembly - well, it was actually an *empty box* (!?)... Called them again, and they apologized for the mistake, and sent a new print head assembly, plus new ink cartridges. So,...

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Great Printer


I've had this printer for several weeks now and it is fantastic. Color quality and print speed are great, and the software that comes with it is fun to use. My only complaint is the software installation process. It takes way too much time, and the...

Product Specifications

Print photos, copy and scan directly from this wireless all-in-one's convenient touch screen. Take the guesswork out of photo printing with easy photo-enhancement features. Plus, get high-quality results for your everyday documents.


Automatic Duplexing: None
Max Copying Resolution B/W:600 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:28ppm

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:125sheets


Country Kits:Argentina / Chile/United States
Localization:English/English / German / French / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish / Dutch
Model:Plus AiO Printer B209a
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Photosmart

Office Machine

Functions:Copier / Printer / Scanner/Copier / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):2500impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Printer / copier / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Max Printing Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):30ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:28ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):28ppm
Max Resolution B/W:600 dpi
Max Resolution Color:4800 x 1200 dpi