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HP Photosmart Plus B209

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews of HP Photosmart Plus B209. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Comments about the design and print quality are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed opinions on the control panel and paper handling. Many are less positive about the ink consumption and durability.

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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.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP Photosmart Plus B209

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of HP Photosmart Plus B209 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. People really like the size and print quality. The performance and price also get good feedback. There are some critical reviews about the paper handling and ink consumption.

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21% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Photosmart Plus B209A PrinterHP Photosmart Plus B209A Printer

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Bill Fulks (brighthub.com)

Review: HP Photosmart Plus Edition Model B209A

 

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

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: James Hutchinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

HP Photosmart Plus (B209a-m) inkjet multifunction

 

HP's mid-range inkjet multifunction printer has integrated wireless networking

Prints quickly, touch-screen control panel, integrated Wi-Fi

Touch screen is too small, poor photo print quality, expensive consumables, no CD/DVD printing, can’t choose quality settings when scanning directly from the multifunction

We were largely disappointed with the HP Photosmart Plus' photo print quality and the inability to select quality settings when initiating a scan from the multifunction itself. It will produce decent quality documents, however.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: IDG staff (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP Photosmart Plus B209 review

 

HP makes things easy from the get-go. The HP Photosmart Plus B209's installation wizard includes a library of animated instructions for setup and basic operation. The control panel features a 2.3in colour LCD, surrounded by touch-sensitive LED buttons...

The HP Photosmart Plus packs a lot of performance into a low-cost MFP package, with well-priced inks to boot. Other models in this price range can't boast quite as much.

Jan, 2010

Recommended!

Expert review by: Simon Williams (trustedreviews.com)

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

 

For less than £100, the HP Photosmart Plus packs in plenty of features.

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

Slow start-up

For just under £90, including the revised VAT rate of 17.5 per cent, this is a very capable all-in-one. We like the twin paper trays and the machine’s convenience in powering the photo tray. We like the page cost, too and the positive response from the...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

HP Photosmart Plus B209 review

 

HP's Photosmart Plus has a 2.4in touchscreen, PictBridge and a selection of memory card slots for direct printing.

A high-quality MFP that can print usable documents at 17ppm. It's marred only by flawed drivers and imperfect photo prints.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Kailas Shastry (pcworld.in)

HP Photosmart Plus B209

 

The HP Photosmart Plus packs a lot of performance into a low-cost MFP package, with well-priced inks to boot.

Fast at printing both text and graphics ; Includes Wi-Fi connectivity

Slow scanning speeds

The HP Photosmart Plus packs a lot of performance into a low-cost MFP package, with well-priced inks to boot. Other models in this price range can't boast quite as much.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Alex Kidman (zdnet.com.au)

HP Photosmart Plus B209

 

The Photosmart Plus has a great touchscreen interface, but average printing quality at best.

Fast draft printing ; Responsive touchscreen controls

Average to poor print quality ; Printer body shakes a lot ; May encounter firewall issues

At the rough AU$200 price point there's fierce competition in the multi-function space, especially as last year's more expensive models drop down to that price point. We like the Photosmart Plus' simple touchscreen a lot, but it can't make up for what...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Mike Joubert (techsmart.co.za)

HP Photosmart Plus B209a 3-in-1 Printer

 

You wouldn\'t be too far off the mark to describe HP\'s latest Photosmart Plus as one of the sleekest 3-in-1 printers ever produced. But its quality does not stop with its good looks.

Good priting quality, good looks, Wi-Fi

No photo printing directly off included software, no duplexing, ad-hoc Wi-Fi setup difficult

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: pmwpatman (tigerdirect.com)

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...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: mcsp00 (tigerdirect.com)

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.

Jun, 2011

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.

Certificates

Blue Angel certified: No
Electromagnetic compatibility:US/Canada-CFR 47 Part 15 subpart b, EU/EMEA-CISPR22: 2005/EN55022: 2006+A1: 2007 Class B, CISPR24: 1997+A1: 2001 + A2: 2002/EN55024: 1998+A1: 2001+A2: 2003, IEC61000-3-2: 2000 A1: 2000+A2: 2005/EN61000-3-2: 2000+A2: 2005, IEC61000-3-3: 1994+A1: 2001+ A2: 2005/EN61000-3-3: 1995+A1: 2001+A2: 2005/EN 301 489-1 V1.6.1: 2005, EN301 489-17 V1.2.1: 2002. Power supply: EU EMC Directive 2004/108/EC, the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC, the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC and European Council Recommendation 1999/519/EC on the limitation of Electromagnetic fields to the general public.
Energy Star certified: Yes

Copying

Automatic Duplexing: None
Copy resolution (black graphics):Up to 600 dpi
Copy resolution (color text and graphics):600
Copy speed (best quality, black, A4):0.7
Copy speed (best quality, color, A4):0.7
Copy speed (black, best, letter):0.7
Copy speed (black, draft quality, A4):30
Copy speed (black, draft, letter):30
Copy speed (color ,draft, letter):28
Copy speed (color, best, letter):0.7
Copy speed (colour, draft quality, A4):28
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):9.5
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):10
Copy speed (US Letter, color, normal):9.5
Max Copying Resolution B/W:600 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:28ppm
Maximum copy resolution:600
Maximum copy speed (black, A4):30
Maximum copy speed (color, A4):28
Maximum number of copies:50

Display

Display Diagonal:2.36

Document & Media Handling

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

Energy Management

Power consumption (off):0.4

Fax

Telecom compliance (fax capability):EN 300 328 V1.7.1: 2006-05

Header

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

Input Capacity

Input capacity for envelopes (primary tray):15
Maximum input capacity for envelopes:Up to 15
Maximum input capacity for labels:40
Maximum input capacity for transparencies:40
Paper handling:125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet photo tray, 50-sheet output tray
Standard input capacity for cards:40
Standard input capacity for transparencies:40

Networking

Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes

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

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):15 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:15 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 40
Recommended operating temperature range (T-T):15 - 32
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Acoustic power emissions:6.7 B(A) (printing at 16 ppm)
Acoustic power emissions (active, print, copy or scan):6.0
All-in-One Functions:Copy, Scan
Automatic paper sensor:N
Camera phone:Direct photo printing from camera phones included Bluetooth\nYes
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Print, Scan
Compatible ink types, supplies:Dye-based; pigment-based
Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista (32/64-bit); Microsoft Windows XP (SP1 or higher/32-bit); Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5
Custom media sizes:Main tray: 80 x 130 to 220 x 360 mm, photo tray: 90 x 130 to 130 x 180 mm
Dimensions (WxDxH):17.8 x 16 x 8.11
Duplex print options:Manual (driver support provided)
Duty cycle letter size (maximum):2500
Exifprint supported:Y, Version 2.2
Export file formats:JPEG (EXIF); TIF
Fax phone TAM interface supported: No
Functions:Print, copy, scan
I/O ports:1 USB; 1 PictBridge
Image scaling/enlargement range:25 to 400% in 1% increments
Maximum dimensions (W x D x H):17.8 x 20.6 x 17.3
Maximum input capacity (photo paper):60
Maximum output capacity (photo paper):25
Maximum output capacity for cards:25
Maximum output capacity for envelopes:15
Maximum output capacity for labels:25
Maximum output capacity for transparencies:25
Maximum print length (imperial):14 in
Maximum scan area:8.5
Media size (tray 1):A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, B7, C5, C6, 76 x 127 to 216 x 356 mm
Media size (tray 2):A6, B6, B7, C6, B7 (JIS), 90 x 130 to 130 x 180 mm
Media sizes supported (imperial):Main tray: letter, legal, executive, 3 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes; photo tray: 3.5 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in
Media types supported:Paper (plain, inkjet, photo), transparencies, envelopes, labels, cards (index, greeting)
Media weight (tray 2):200 to 280 g/m²
Media weights by paper path:Main tray: 60 to 280 g/m², photo tray: 200 to 280 g/m²
Networking features:Bluetooth via HP bt500 Bluetooth USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter (Q6273A), Wireless 802.11g/b
Number of cartons per pallet:8
Number of layers per pallet:4
Package dimensions (W x D x H):19.7 x 11.2 x 18.5
Package dimensions (WxDxH):19.7 x 11.1 x 18.5
Package weight:19.62 lb
Package weight (imperial):19.62 lb
Page yield identifier:PSB209a
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H):47.2 x 39.4 x 79.3
Pallet dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):47.3 x 39.4 x 79.3
Pallet weight (imperial):554
Power Requirements:Input voltage 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Print head:2
Print head nozzles:2736
Print quality (black, best quality):600
Print quality, vertical alignment accuracy:+/- 0.1524 mm +/- 0.006 in
Print speed (color, full page color, draft quality, A4):1
Product dimensions optional (imperial):17.8 x 16.0 x 8.1 in
Product dimensions optional (metric):452 x 407 x 206 mm
Product dimensions when open (LxWxD):17.8
Product weight optional (imperial):17.8 x 16.0 x 8.1 in
Product weight optional (metric):452 x 407 x 206 mm
Quantity per pallet:32
Recommended media weight (imperial):16 to 24 lb
Safety:IEC 60950-1: 2001/EN 60950-1: 2001 compliant, EU LVD 2006/95/EC, IEC 60825-1: 1993+A1; 1997+A2: 2001/EN 60825-1: 1994: Class 1 for LEDs, US/Canada CSA60950-1 first edition/UL60950-1 first edition and CSA listed. Power supply: Nemko CB Certificate, EU LVD Directive, US/Canada UL listed
Scan resolution enhanced disclaimer (short):The maximum dpi at which you can scan is limited by available computer memory, disk space, and other system factors.
Scan speed (4x6:21 sec
Scan speed (4x6, color photo):21 sec
Size:17.8
Skew:+/- 0.003 in
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 125 sheets
Standard input capacity for legal:Up to 125 sheets
Standard input trays:1 plus automated 13 x 18 cm photo tray
Standard media sizes:Main tray: A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, B7, C5, C6, B5 (JIS), B6 (JIS), B7 (JIS); photo tray: 100 x 150 mm, 130 x 180 mm, A6, B6, B7, C6, B7 (JIS)
Standard output capacity for labels:Up to 25 sheets
Standard output capacity for legal:Up to 10 sheets
Standard output capacity for transparancies:25
Standard output capacity for transparencies:25
SureSupply connection type:Direct and Network
SureSupply supported: Yes
Technical features:HP Smart Web Printing, HP Photo Print Gadget, automated 13 x 18 cm photo tray.\nHP Photosmart 4 individual inks; optional high-capacity cartridges.\nEasy to use wireless all-in-one with HP TouchSmart screen.\nPaper-saving printing option, ENERGY STAR qualified.\nStandalone copying without having to switch on the PC.\nPrint at up to 30 ppm black, 28 ppm colour.\nOn-screen print, scan and copy tools; Quick Forms; memory card slots.
Video action printing supported:N
Vivera inks supported:Y
Weight:15.7
Weight (imperial):15.7
Wireless option type:Yes, embedded
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11b/g

Other features

Pallet weight:555.6

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:50
Standard output capacity:50
Standard output capacity for cards:25
Standard output capacity for envelopes:15

Paper Handling

Envelope feeder:15
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
JIS B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
Maximum input capacity for cards:60
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum paper trays:1 plus automated 13 x 18 cm photo tray
Media handling:Sheet feed
Media type and capacity (tray 2):photo paper: 20
Media type and capacity, tray 2:photo paper: 20
Media weight (tray 1):60 to 280 g/m²
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Legal, Letter
Paper handling standard/input:125-sheet input tray, 20-sheet photo tray
Paper handling standard/output:50-sheet output tray
Recommended media weight:60 to 280

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

Performance

All-In-One-multitasking: Yes
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Faxing:N
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Power consumption (off):0.4

Printing

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
Print speed (black, best quality, A4):2.5
Print speed (black, best quality, letter):< 2.5
Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter):30
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):15
Print speed (color, best quality, A4):2
Print speed (color, best quality, letter):< 2
Print speed (color, draft quality, A4/US Letter):28
Print speed (color, draft quality, letter):< 28
Print speed (color, full page, best quality, letter):< 1
Print speed (color, full page, normal quality, letter):>65s
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):11

Scanning

Gray scale levels:65536
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan area:8.5 x 11.7
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Scan input modes:Front Panel scan, HP Photosmart software
Scan speed in preview mode:Up to 12 sec
Scan technology:CIS
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner features:Scan Functional Keys on Control Panel
Scanner Type:Flatbed
TWAIN version:Version 1.9

Software

Bundled software:Windows Live Photo Gallery
SureSupply software driver:Y

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Internal memory:64

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements:Microsoft Windows XP* (SP1) or higher; any Intel Pentium II, Celeron or compatible processor; 233 MHz or higher; 128 MB RAM (256 MB or higher recommended), 800 MB hard disk space, Internet Explorer 6 or higher, USB port; Windows Vista: 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (64) processor, 512 MB RAM, 920 MB hard disk space, Internet Explorer, USB port; Windows 7 ready. For more information go to http:///go/windows7. Some features may not be available. *Windows XP Professional x64 not supported

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:19.6
Weight:15.9