HP Photosmart B109a Review
The HP Photosmart B109a has four ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) and a built-in scanner, so you can use the HP Photosmart B109a for copying documents in addition to printing them out. However, you shouldn't expect a highly refined machine for your money: it costs under £60 and once you print out a couple of photos or use the scanner, you can see why.
The most suitable task for the HP Photosmart B109a is quickly scanning in text documents and printing them out. Its printed text output is clear and easy on the eye as it offers a well-toned black and smooth-edged lettering.
While the HP Photosmart B109a is capable of printing photos, it doesn't do a very good job. There is noticeable streaking, colour bleeding, and a lack of detail - leading to an overall messy image.
A nice touch tough is the inclusion of a sticker that has the ink cartridge model printed on it. There is actually a step in the installation process that tells you to place this sticker under the lid so that you can refer to it and easily know which cartridges to buy when it's time to replenish the ink (which you can do so by visiting our HP Photosmart B109a printer page).
Overall, you get what you pay for with the HP Photosmart B109a, a basic multifunction machine which can print very good text documents and web pages, but a mediocre photo printer. It's worth considering if you're after something relatively inexpensive that can print, scan and copy.