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After having persistent troubles with a Samsung printer, I was pessimistic on wither a reliable printer actually exists.
But this Hewlett Packard printer restored my faith. It is a wireless computer that is easily connected to many computers (and laptops) and with a simple download of the 'Hp Solution Center' scanning anything up to your computer/laptop is quick and simple. The wait time from send to print is very short. Which is very helpful if like my printer it is used by many people, continuously in a large household.
Also copying is very easy to do with the reasonably sized touch screen. Many features are available, like recolouring and re-sizing.
The print quality is high, producing good quality printouts and pictures of photograph paper. Which is quiet amazing due to the reasonable price.
The ink cartridges to last quiet a long time so there isn't much need for fussy ink changes. However, I will say the price for replacements is pretty steep. There are cheaper, non-brand alternatives but these spoil your warranty, so it's not really worth it!
I was struggling with the decision whether to buy the Photosmart, the Photosmart Wireless or this one, the Photosmart Plus. Seeing that we are here, it is evident that I chose the latter. The printer itself is a high gloss black much like the gloss on the scabbard of my many samurai swords. It sports a 61mm touchscreen with buttons down either side an has the usual flatbed scanner lid and two paper trays at the front of the machine. The printer came bundled with the usual mix of HP utilities, drivers, and cables.
The first thing I did when I had everything set up was to try and print a few photos. Admittedly it takes a while for the print to start as the printer check itself and primes its engine. But once you sit through the initial delay, the print speed is actually pretty good. It was able to print photos a lot faster than my previous HP. The quality of the photo was as good as you would get if you were to develop them at a photo center, with the odd pixel out of place, which doesn't occur too often. Printing text documents in black was great throughout as there were no signs of ink run.
The HP Photosmart Plus AiO Printer B209a has taken its place as my regular printer and for just £75, it is very capable of fulfilling most print jobs. The double paper tray is excellent for convenience if you have large print jobs.
This is a wireless printer and scanner. It has slots on the front to connect USB dongles and SD cards, so it doesn't have to be connected to the computer to print photos. The touch screen, whilst small, is easy to use and provides a nice interface.
Photo quality is excellent, as are standard prints. The printer is easy to set up - only the ink cartridges need to be plugged in, and a CD provides all you need to install the drivers.
There's an excellent feature accessed by the touch screen in which "quick forms" can be printed - such as music sheets, calenders and (brilliantly) games such as sudoku and mazes.
There are a number of settings for printing - fast, high quality and duplex among others. Unfortunately, duplex printing is manual - rather than the printer automatically switching the paper round, it has to be done by hand.
I also had a problem where the printer would power down randomly during printing, which resulted in the printer being returned and replaced. I haven't had any issues with the newer one, so it would seem to be an idiosyncratic fault.
In conclusion, an excellent printer/scanner combo suitable for home use.
I needed a new printer and I have always been a Hewlett Packard fan, my last hP printer was over 4 years old. The Hp plus photosmart printer was an obvious choice for me, I need printing for both documents and photos and I also scant/photocopy a lot. I don't need a fax, and a lot of multifunction printers include this, but this model didn't so I was only paying for what I need.
When I unpacked I was very surprised at how nice it looked very sleek and black with only one button to press, it was a good size, not too bulky and slotted in perfectly. Instead of buttons it has a small touch screen which is very easy to navigate and enables you to print photos directly from a storage device. This printer has wifi connectivity which is why I bought it, I used the setup disk on my laptop and set up was going very well until it couldn't locate the printer and the routers connectivity details meaning I had to attach the printer to my laptop which was a bit of a pain. Once set up it was a doddle to connect it to the other 2 laptops/computers.
Loading the paper and photo paper is simple and so is changing the ink cartridges. Printing is very fast and if you choose Eco printing the quality is still very acceptable. This is an ideal printer for home use where there are multiple devices to connect to it.