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152 of 153 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2010
I bought this printer very recently after buying a Canon Pixma printer in a sale last year then found it wasn't compatible with Vista. I am not a whizz kid with a computer these days but did manage to set up the printer and wireless connection to it without hassle or professional help. The quality of the print is clear and crisp and the photos are wonderful. I have already looked into the prices of the photo paper and ink cartridges, but after sourcing them here on Amazon, I won't be bothering with places like PC world! I recommend this printer very highly.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2010
The HP B209a Photosmart Plus prints and scans well and was very easy to set-up and the wireless connection is a real bonus. The only negative comments I have are that it does clonk and clunk a lot and generaly sound poor, and it did not tell me the ink cartidges needed changing when they were clearly nearly empty and the print quality deteriated (not enough ink left to do a head clean), however, after a quick cartidge change, (catridge change is particularly easy), the quality of the printing returned to a very good standard.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2010
The printer is great, however compared to my old HP PSC1200 series all in one, this is significantly bigger!! I was expecting something around the same size. The paper tray not being able to fold away or even be removed is annoying. The one thing I can not fault is the touch screen display, it is great!! Obviously single buttons are self explanitry on the PSC1200 but the touch screen is just as simple, just its away with 1 touch copying, and now about 2-3touchs copying but for now its a joy to use the touch screen. Printing works flawlessly through WIFI. (I have 4 notebooks in network and other mobile devices) However scanning, you are REQUIRED to have HP software installed (I wanted to install whole set up without cram down HP rubbish) and even with software installed, it does nto always work flawlessly, you have to open the software which is loads up minimised on the system tray on ur computer just so the scan to computer recognises a computer is present. The best bit I discovered, I had a spare 99p mini bluetooth dongle (the really small cheap ones) and I put it into the pict bridge USB port on the printer and presto, my printer now has bluetooth connectivity so do not feel like you need the chunky HP ones, this small discreet one works a treat!!

bad points:
Printer can be little noisey but so was the old 1, Printer is quite big the psc1200 was very compact, software issues meaning technology stil is not flawless

gd points: print quality is good, wifi printing works flawlessly, touch screen is great, ink prices are fairly good.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2010
This is a pretty good printer-scanner combination - I'd shied away from them in the past thinking that it would be a compromise of both, but actually this works very well, with good quality printing and scanning. It actually calls itself the Photosmart Plus B209a-m if that helps at all. There are only four cartridges rather than the five or six that photo printers sometimes have, but that doesn't seem to have any implications for print quality on photo paper. One point to be aware of is that the unit is a little slow to get going - it takes a couple of minutes to wake up fully and complete all the diagnostics, etc, during which time it describes itself as offline. But there again, it takes me considerably more than a couple of minutes to wake up fully most mornings so perhaps I shouldn't complain!

So why only four stars instead of five? Well, it's the installation process that loses the star. This is a wireless unit, and for some people the reason why they want a wireless printer is for the very practical reason that there isn't enough space to easily hook a printer up to a USB or Ethernet cable. But to configure this unit you have to hook it up to your computer with a USB cable (which is at least supplied). It's a great shame that it couldn't just hook up using Wi-Fi and configure itself like that.

My other gripe is that you get the usual bloatware from HP - oh for the days when all you needed was the printer drivers! Still, you can opt to not install some of the stuff. My first attempt at installing the software came to a grinding halt and just froze everything. I suspect that was because I had Norton AV running in the background. I disabled Norton and had another stab at it and it all semed to work this time. The firewall didn't seem to be a problem.

Installing the software on a second computer was much easier, and didn't involve the USB cable at all, but I disabled Norton from the outset.

HP seems to be a little coy about whether its equipment runs 100% satisfactorily in Windows 7, but this certainly does - we use the 64-bit version and it has all of the functionality we expected of it.

It's still early days for us, but everything seems to be OK. The previous printer died after about 14 months of not doing very much, so at some point during the next 12 months we will visit hp.co.uk and extend the warranty for a couple of years, which actually seems good value for money. In the meantime, if we hit any horror stories I shall be back!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2010
And a replacement for my still working, six year old HP all in one that was out of colour ink.

I had no real reason to replace the unit, the cartridge would only have been £11, but I made the decision to upgrade and put that towards the new printer. What swayed it for me was a 30 ppm up from only 16 ppm for black and white, borderless printing and a wireless connection, all being improvements over what I had.

The box contains the printer, 4 x cartridges (cyan, yellow, blue and black), power supply, USB cable also used for wireless installation and a set up CD. I have only ever had a colour and black cartridge but understand that this is more economical and can allow more heavily used colours to be replaced instead of the whole cartridge each time when it may not need it. Although I do not actually print much in colour anyway.

Once plugged in the first shock is the touch screen menu that has replaced the buttons of my previous. I'm not convinced that it will be as durable, a screen is more likely to malfunction than a button, and it is very strange to be navigating a home printer with a colour screen. It does work well, it just seems a little excessive.

The installation of the software was fault free, unusual for HP which has always caused me computer problems. The wireless sets itself up and whilst I had some `printer offline' problems to start altering a setting in Printers seemed to solve this and allowed me to print easily. I was unable to get the printer to appear in Windows Photo Gallery, but trying the HP scanning software this worked well and is therefore not an issue.

Three blank photo sheets are included as a freebie, but I am not planning on ever using it for this, even though the printer is aimed at this market. I don't print photos, so went for the price and other specs when making my purchasing decision, just happening to be this printer.

One minus is the paper tray does not fold up, it is fixed at all times so this may get in the way and I consider this a step back from my last printer. You will need 46cm depth to comfortably accommodate it.

I don't print or copy very often, using electronic where possible to save paper and ink, but based on use so far I can only recommend this printer although I am sure I will encounter some difficulties on extended use as with all the printers I have ever had.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2010
I bought this to replace another HP printer as I want to print my own 6x4 photos and this one has a separate tray, plus scanning and A4 printing capabilities.

SO impressed with the ease of set up, the quality of the printing and the vibrancy of the colours.

Scanning documents couldn't be easier and HP have upgraded the software to make it possible to scan a "several" page document into a several page PDF.

Excellent. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I bought this item after advice from my son who is a computer engineer. We set it up together by telephone and I have also been able to print photographs without professional help. It arrived within two or three days of ordering (sent from Belgium). It does everything I need and I would recommend it to anyone.[[ASIN:B002KFZLMA HP Photosmart Plus All-in-One Printer (Print, Copy and Scan)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2010
Bought this printer after disastrous experience with Kodak all in one wireless printer. The Kodak printer would not reconnect to my wireless network after the printer had gone to sleep. You had to restart the printer to get it to reconnect. Support from kodak....none existent. So far this printer has not dropped a beat, print quality is excellent, will need to wait and see how the cartridges fair.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2010
I received this printer this morning as a welcome replacement to my old Epson that finally bit the dust. I wanted to get a wireless multifunction device but am predominantly GNU/Linux-based. What to do? HP! HP rock with their GNU/Linux support. A huge motivation for me writing this review is to publish a huge "Thank you" to HP for their enlightened approach - a welcome change to "Oh well, if you will insist on not using Windows or MacOS, you're on your own." If you're in any doubt about GNU/Linux support for a device, do check the hplip-supported-devices list, but you should be fine.

I opened the box. Glanced at the instruction booklet. Pulled the blue tapes off. Followed the touchscreen instructions to install cartridges and paper. Ignored the CDROM. Followed the instructions to align the print heads. Plugged USB cable into my Mandriva 2010 box. Mandriva automatically installed some HP packages. It was then working on USB. Follow simple instructions to add wireless support. You do not need a WPS router. Simply select your network and type in your security key. Unplug USB. Now printing and scanning wirelessly!

I haven't tried to add it as a new wireless printer on another box yet (not sure whether I can just run an hp setup utility or need to connect the box via USB first - hopefully not the latter), but in principle wireless printing and scanning works beautifully and smoothly and was easy to set up on GNU/Linux. My Windows laptop will probably be a pain in the ... ;-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
Had no problems setting the printer up. It found my BT home hub WLAN without a hitch but it also offers a regular USB cable as an alternative. Be quick during the setup and printer tests, though, as the setup software pauses while you perform each step but it can get ahead of you if you take too long at certain stages. Print quality is great but it's worth using proper photo paper for high quality prints (a few photo sized sheets are supplied for tests but no A4 photo sheets). Both printing and copying are pretty quick, too. All in all I think it's a great product.
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