Review: HP PhotoSmart C309g printer

BY WILL HARVIE
Last updated 08:20 04/05/2010

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HP bundles a lot into this home or small office colour inkjet printer.

It does the obvious black and white text printing, and also handles colour printing on to photocopier paper and colour printing on proper photo paper.

It will also scan, in colour, and has wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). That ticks almost all the boxes for people who need colour printing and scanning on occasion and want to print from their laptop in another room, for example. It's missing a fax.

It's not a fast printer/scanner and makes a racket when working, and so probably doesn't suit heavy users. But it has the easiest menu system I've seen on a printer - a little touch screen on the front with big icons and simple and obvious instructions.

In scanner mode, it sends documents or graphics to a computer or USB drive or memory card. In photo mode, it prints album pages, panoramas and wallet and passport sized prints.

It also has a Snapfish mode, which is an HP-owned international website for printing photographs. I couldn't test that because I didn't have wireless connectivity at the time. But the idea is to send photos to Snapfish for printing rather than using this machine, which would be useful if a large batch is required.

Bundled into the printer's memory are Quick Forms (calendars, checklists, graph paper, music paper and games such as mazes and Soduku).

For the price, this is a good and versatile printer.

* HP PhotoSmart Premium C309g printer, RRP $349

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