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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One C309a

alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the print quality and design are generally positive. The paper handling and usability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the control panel and noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One C309a is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Worst HP Printer I ever purchased


Inconsistent printer. Wireless intermittent, constantly thinks it needs more ink, prints mirror images when try to print duplex. Not worth the aggravation.


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HP Photosmart Premium C309a


We love the utility of multi-function printers, but trade-offs seem inevitable—especially when you're talking about an all-in-one that claims photo-printing prowess. When we reviewed Epson's Artisan 800 a few months back, we concluded that it was a...

Excellent text quality; built-in duplexer for two-sided printing; USB ; Bluetooth ; wired Ethernet ; and Wi-Fi support

Photos exhibit more grain and less color saturation compared to some competitors' products; awkward CD-printing mechanics

HP's Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One C309a makes a great document printer that produces very good

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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One (C309a)


A single-function inkjet photo printer simply can't satisfy the daily needs of today's amateur photo enthusiast. As users discover more creative ways to get their photos on and off the screen, so too must their printers evolve to match these changing...

Prints high-quality color photos and documents; impressive output speed; attractive design; added extras like Quick Forms, ADF, and an integrated CD drive for custom prints.

Higher than average cost for black ink cartridge; minor omissions include a hinged scanner hood and speed-dial fax buttons.

The HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One printer makes it easy to increase productivity thanks to its streamlined user interface. The fax, copy, print, and scanning features boast helpful extras like double-sided printing, wireless connectivity,...


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HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309a All-in-One: Wireless Versatility for the Home Office


Full review of the HP Photosmart Premium C309a Fax All-in-One wireless capable printer. HP's contender for home office supremacy, combining the functions of a printer, fax, and scanner into a single unit for under $300. The Photosmart Premium C309a is...

The Photosmart comes with a standard one-year warranty with 24-hour phone support, and an option to extend the warranty for two more years at an upgraded price. HP service and support has generally been known for a consistently high level of quality,...

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The HP Photosmart Premium C309 - A Stylish Workhorse


The HP Photosmart Premium C309 is a beautiful all-in-one inkjet printer that prints, copies and scans, with a 3.45-inch touch-screen LCD display built in. But is it all look and no substance, or does it hold its printing might against its closest...

Good overall performanceGood document printsBeautiful photo prints

Lack of an ADFSlow duplex printing speedsGrainy photo scans

Consumer review by:

It's the best printer I ever had !


It is really PHOTO LAB quality ! A fax that has advance control and different way to set it up . A screen that can support many languages ! You can even print on DVD directly ! Three trays ( Letter , Photo and DVD )When I got the printer i did not...

It has everything I need and more ! ( Print , Copy , Scan and Fax ) You can connected any way ( USB , Ethernet , Wifi and Bluetooth ) You can print from any popular media ( SD, XD, MSPD , CF And bridge ) Amazing photo quality

So far I have not see something that i will think of as cons

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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Review - Multifunction Devices


I have printed a total 495 plain paper letter size pages over 75% of which in fast draft black for occasional home use. I just replaced all color and black ink cartridges for the THIRD time. HP website specs show 300 pages per cartridge for color and...

It will print

Extreme ink usage, legal size paper goes flying, confusing print set windows, must use color ink in all black printing

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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Review - Multifunction Devices


See cons above.

Copier, fax and scanner works fine

Everything has gone wrong with printing. Manufactuer's customer service stated it was our pc. We bought a new pc & it still does not work. We've uninstalled & reinstalled several times & printer still does not work

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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Review - Multifunction Devices


Features, in theory, extensive. Print quality fine for my uses. Freezes up ridiculously often, cancel button does nothing, is unusually loud. Strongly recommend looking elsewhere.

Many functions (if they worked), good print quality

VERY frequently stalls out or freezes while performing a function, especially faxing or copying from flat bed. Hitting the cancel button only leads to endless message of "now canceling". Only option is to restart. Mediocre tech support. Very loud

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HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Review - Multifunction Devices


I think my cons pretty much sums up my review! I am going to check out an Epsom.

It can accept CDs and seems to have more disk slots,,however

It DRINKS INK! And, their tiny cartridges are expensive! It is also very, very, noisy while printing and sounds like things inside are going to explode! Save your money. My Photosmart C6180 was so much cheaper to operate. Wish I had it back

Consumer review by:

My wife has spent over 24 hours working with HP techs.


"Dud" pretty much says it all. One other thing, tech support is terrible.

Hard to say what I like about the product. It never has operated properly long enough to evaluate. But if you want something positive I guess I can say this, it is a pretty white and it stays where you place it

Difficult to install. impossible to uninstall. We have never been able to get all of the functions up and running for more than a day. Shut it off and turn it on the next day and you need to reinstall the printer

Product Specifications

Families are looking for a versatile all-in-one with fax, photo features and more. Wireless networking with easy setup is important for their multi-PC home. This versatile all-in-one offers print, fax, scan and copy functions, plus a 2-sided automatic document feeder and duplexer. It also has fun features like direct CD/DVD printing and Quick Forms, which provide Sudoku games, templates and more.


Automatic Duplexing: Yes
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:33ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:32ppm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:8.5 in x 11.7 in
Standard Media Capacity:125sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:33.6Kbps


Country Kits:Australia/Europe
Model:Premium C309a All-in-One
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Photosmart


Max Supported Memory:64MB

Office Machine

Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner/Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):2500impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T / Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Hi-Speed USB / Ethernet 10 Base-T / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Max Printing Speed B/W:33ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):33ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:32ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):32ppm
Max Resolution B/W:600 x 600 dpi
Max Resolution Color:9600 x 2400 dpi