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HP Photosmart Plus B210a review

The HP Photosmart Plus B210a offers more than your standard all-in-one

Our Verdict

For

  • Web Apps
  • Great print quality
  • Fast scanning and copying

Against

  • Touchscreen not very responsive

Most all-in-one printers concern themselves with four main areas: printing, scanning, faxing and photocopying. The HP Photosmart Plus B210a adds web apps to this list.

While almost every all-in-one can connect to your home network, this one supports third-party apps, giving you even more options for what to do with your photos.

For example, the Snapfish icon lets you upload photos you've scanned to the Snapfish website, where you can edit and share them. You can also use Snapfish to transform photos into canvases, photo books, calendars and more.

Other apps let you find and print articles from the internet without turning on your PC, and print out calendars, notepaper and even games. A press of the touchscreen gives you a sheet of Sudoku puzzles, for example.

All the apps and other functions can be accessed via the touchscreen on the front of the printer. The screen lacks responsiveness, and we often had to jab at it a number of times before the printer recognised what we wanted.

Print quality is fantastic, with vibrant colours doing justice to photos on normal and glossy photo paper. It's also quiet, which is a relief after the noisy work of the Kodak ESP 7250.

Scanning and copying are also quick, and the results are excellent. These tasks can be initiated from either the PC or the touchscreen.

When scanning, you can choose to scan to a PC or to a memory card. If you choose to scan to your PC, you can also choose what to do with the scanned image afterwards. For example, choosing 'Photo to email' will scan the photo, open your email client and create a new message with the image attached.

Little features like this might not revolutionise the way we work, but make all-in-one printers quicker and easier to use.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed16 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity145 sheets
USBYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ppm)7.5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ppm)8.4
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)32
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)30
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)32
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)30
Product FamilyPhotosmart Plus
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, B6, B7, C5 Envelope, C6 Envelope, B5 (JIS), B6 (JIS), B7 (JIS), Custom Size, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, B6 - 125 mm x 176 mm, B7 - 880 mm x 125 mm, C5 Envelope - 162 mm x 229 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, B5 (JIS) - 182 mm x 257 mm, B6 (JIS) - 128 mm x 182 mm, B7 (JIS) - 91 mm x 128 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle2500 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, REACH
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution600 x 600 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity145 sheets
Country of OriginChina
Height199 mm
Width452 mm
Depth401 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Transparency, Envelope, Label, Index Card, Greeting Card, Panoramic Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelB210A
Product NamePhotosmart Plus B210A Multifunction Printer
Product LinePhotosmart Plus
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberCN216B#BEV1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Print lab-quality photos, everyday documents and web content without a PC via the intuitive HP TouchSmart screen. Share this stylish, easy-to-use all-in-one across your wireless network, or print from anywhere, with any device, via HP ePrint.

Number of Copies30
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • Photosmart Plus B210A Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Reference Guide
  • Power Supply
  • Power Cord
  • Reusable Carrier Bag
  • Reusable Accessory Bag
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)7.45 kg