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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 how the touchscreen and model plate are designed. The B209a has a smaller LCD that is not only smaller, but is permanently positioned and cannot be adjusted. Other ways to identify this model is a lack of HP Web App support. These are the primary identifiers, but there are other ways to quickly identify this printer if you cannot check the model number (which is printed under the scanner unit).

If you want to be 100% positive, open the scanner unit and look at the label. If your printer says B209a then you have correctly identified your printer.

This model also features a USB port, which was removed from printers made since ~2010.

Basic Specifications ¶ 

  • 3.45'' LCD (TouchSmart frame)
  • 100 sheet paper tray
  • 20 sheet Photo tray (up to 5x7" paper)
  • Media card reader
  • USB
  • PictBridge enabled
  • ePrint enabled

Ink cartridges ¶ 

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 printers from 2011 and up.

According to HP, the average ink yields are:


564 XL

  • ~550/black
  • ~750/color (CMY)

564 (Standard)

  • ~250/black
  • ~300/color (CMY)

Due to the ease of refilling HP 564 ink cartridges (and the age of the cartridge), remanufactured cartridges are plentiful. On this printer, this is not a concern since ink levels do not dictate your ability to print. This is not the case with some printers from HP - some stop printing until you replace the cartridges. It will nag about this, so be prepared to dismiss these errors as needed.

The catch is many of these cartridges recycle the original HP chip, so in most cases the page count reported by the printer is not accurate or untrackable. To compensate, the best way to check is to look at the print quality - when it looks bad, it may be time to replace the cartridge. If you want to track the ink level, you will need to use cartridges with replacement chips or stock chips and put them on your new remanucatured cartridges.

If you are unsure about the levels of a cartridge in your printer, use this to test your ink:

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