MFP with a touch screen and wireless network access is no longer a gimmick, but it’s usually top-end 6-color models, and they cost accordingly – from $400. In this time we have tested a fairly cheap 4-color MFP HP Photosmart Plus b209a-m (in retail there are deals from $165). Despite the low cost, it is equipped with a wireless communication module, and let small, but the touch screen, touch keys with pictograms.

The technical characteristics declared by the manufacturer

HP Photosmart Plus b209a-m
Speed of black-and-white print (draft, A4) ppm Up to 30
Print speed colour (draft, A4) ppm To 28
Print speed colour (draft, 10×15 cm) 16
Load (monthly, A4) Printer: up to 2500 pages, copier: up to 1250 pages
Print technology Thermal inkjet printing HP
Quality black and white printing (best quality) Up to 600 dpi
Quality color printing (best quality) Optimized dpi color printing from PC to 4800h1200 t/d with the special HP photo papers and 1200 input dpi
Number of print cartridges 4 (black, cyan, Magenta, yellow, optional XL)
Paper handling
Paper handling standard/input The paper tray of 125 sheets, tray for photos 20 sheets
Paper handling standard/reception Paper tray 50 sheets
Maximum input capacity (envelopes) up to 15
Duplex print options Manual paper feeding (driver support provided)
Supported media sizes Main tray: A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, B7, C5, C6, B5 (JIS), B6 (JIS), B7 (JIS); photo tray: 100×150 mm, 130×180 mm, A6, B6, B7, C6, B7 (JIS)
Custom media sizes Main tray: 80×130 – 220×360 mm, photo tray: 90×130 – 130×180 mm
Media types supported Paper (plain, inkjet, photo), envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards (index, greeting cards)
Additional features
Standard RAM MB 64
Maximum memory MB 64
Standard printer languages HP PCL 3 GUI
Scan Tablet
Optical scan resolution Up to 1200 dpi
A bit 48 bit
The size of the flatbed scan area (maximum) 216×297 mm
Copy speed (black, draft quality, A4) CPM Up to 30
Copy resolution (black text) Up to 600 dpi
Copy resolution (colour text and graphics) Up to 600 dpi
Changing the size when copying From 50 to 400%
Maximum number of copies Up to 50
Photo printing
Display Touchscreen colour graphic display (with TouchSmart control panel) 5,99 cm
Compatible with memory cards Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital High Capacity Card, xD-Picture Card
Borderless printing Yes (up to panorama size, A4 and above)
Standard USB 2.0, PictBridge, Wireless 802.11 b/g
Additional Wireless adapter HP bt500 Bluetooth USB 2.0 (Q6273A)
Size and weight
Dimensions, mm 452x407x206
Weight 7,2

The package

The package includes cartridges HP 178 black, cyan, Magenta and yellow Photosmart ink, CD with software, reference guide, power supply, power cord that is not often found in sets of inkjet printers.


Tested MFP so much in common with all the representatives of the modern line of HP Photosmart that to confuse it with the products of another manufacturer is impossible. He rigid dual paper tray, located under the angle of the tab’s display panel, and the General line of the device given that it belongs to the family of HP Photosmart. Housing is mainly made of black plastic unpainted panels with a matte surface, but the scanner lid is made of plastic with a black glossy surface that gets dirty instantly and is readily covered with scratches. In General, beautiful but impractical. To build quality no comments.

The front is a dual-slot card reader slot and port to connect USB flash drives, Bluetooth module, and cameras in the direct printing mode, a standard series Photosmart HP dual tray for plain and photo papers, the top panel which is also the receiving tray. Telescopic stroke limiter paper is not centered, but closer to the left edge of the receiving tray.

In the upper part of the front panel is the standby wireless network module, power supply and touchscreen display, the sides of which there are six touch key icons menu navigation.

Touch control using the keys or the screen is quite sensitive, and the reaction immediate. However, the display – not the strongest side of the tested MFP, its viewing angles are small, the resolution a little and the display size of only 6 cm, But at the same time, we should not forget about the low cost of the device – at the time of testing it was around $165, and in this price range touchscreen display is the only MFP HP.

Behind are two connectors connections power supply (all models HP Photosmart it is external), and USB port (type B-F). There is also a removable panel that must be removed when removing jammed paper. However, it should be noted that this MFP is almost indifferent to the condition of the paper and the accuracy of its installation, so the testing period was not jammed a single sheet.

The sides are provided recesses pens, facilitating the movement and transportation of the device.


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