Background and Identification
The HP Photosmart Plus B209a can be easily identified by the design of the front panel. The easiest way to identify the B209a without opening the scanner unit to look for the model is to look at how the touchscreen and model plate are designed. The B209a has a small LCD that is non-adjustable. Another physical identifying feature is the USB port on the front panel with the PictBridge logo (this port has not been present since ~2010). This printer can also be identified by a lack of HP Web App support.
While there are other identifiers, these are the primary ones to look for. To be 100% certain, check the label under the scanner unit used to access the ink cartridges. Check for a number that says B209a.
- 3.45'' LCD (TouchSmart frame)
- 100 sheet paper tray
- 20 sheet Photo tray (up to 5x7" paper)
- Media card reader
- PictBridge enabled
- ePrint enabled
This printer is compatible with HP 564 and 564 XL ink tanks. Unlike newer HP 564 models, this printer is compatible with previous generation ink cartridges. This is not the case with 2011+ printers.
According to HP, the average ink yields are:
Old generation ink yields
- ~750/color (CMY)
- ~300/color (CMY)
Due to the ease of refilling HP 564 ink cartridges (and the age of the cartridge), remanufactured cartridges are plentiful and easy to find.
This printer is content to use "empty" cartridges, so many remanufactured inks reuse the old chip. Do not trust this readout unless the chip has been replaced. Rely on the print quality as a gauge.