HP Photosmart Premium C309G review

Touchscreen triumph, wireless wizard, premium printer, or just a blatant copycat?

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Solid build quality and neat styling make the HP a desirable-looking piece of kit, backed up by good all-round performance. With a wealth of interfaces that come as standard, the C309G can connect to pretty much anything and everything, from your PC or Mac to your mobile phone or home network.

We liked

A quick and easy touchscreen menu system is matched by fast printing speeds in normal quality settings and the HP is far from sluggish even in top quality photo modes, although it lags behind the likes of the Canon MP640 and Lexmark Interact S605.

Dual input trays mean there's less swapping required between plain and photo paper stock but, sadly, the photo input tray only accommodates paper sizes up to 7 x 5-inches.

The one-touch Snapfish icon is pretty neat, enabling you to log onto your account and print photos that are stored online.

We disliked

Compared with the extra flexibility of the Lexmark Interact S605's customisable Smart Solutions, the HP Photosmart Premium is slightly lacking in versatility. And unlike the Canon MP640, there's no facility for direct printing onto compatible CD/DVD discs.

The five-ink line-up of dye-based and pigment-based inks is exactly the same as that pioneered by Canon but colour reproduction in photos isn't quite as convincing in the HP.

It's very good in general but, compared with the MP640, skin tones can be slightly lacking in vibrancy and very dark, near-black tones can lack a little depth.

Verdict

Overall, the C309G is a very worthy contender and packs plenty of punch when it comes to print quality and speed, as well as offering a wealth of standalone functionality behind its neat touchscreen.

However, with internet purchase prices currently running at about twice that for the Lexmark Interact S605, the HP looks a little pricey.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed16 Second
Green CompliantYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity145 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)33
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)32
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)33
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)32
Product FamilyPhotosmart Premium
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameHP
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, B6, B7, C5 Envelope, C6 Envelope, B5 (JIS), B6 (JIS), B7 (JIS), Custom Size, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 80 mm x 130 mm, 220 mm x 360 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle2500 pages per month
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution4800 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
EthernetYes
Maximum Copy Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity145 sheets
Country of OriginMalaysia
Height199 mm
Width452 mm
Depth473 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Photo Paper, Transparency, Envelope, Label, Index Card, Greeting Card, Borderless Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelC309G
Product NamePhotosmart Premium C309G Multifunction Printer
Product LinePhotosmart Premium
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberCD055B#BEV
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Print how you want, when you want - wirelessly, from your iPhone and even directly from Snapfish.com - with this versatile all-in-one. View, edit and print photos - scan and copy too - via the large HP TouchSmart screen.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Photosmart Premium C309G Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Photo Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • Reference Guide
  • Power Supply
  • Power Cord
  • Reusable Accessory Bag
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)7.45 kg