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Old 07-22-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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HP Photosmart Premium C309a CC335a

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

When some relatives decided to try working from home, they were looking to set up a home office in a rather small spare bedroom. Because they were on a limited budget and had limited space, they wanted an all-in-one device that could print, scan, fax, copy and print directly to CDR and DVDR discs for data backup. As I had recently been doing some research of my own into an all in one device for my own use, I recommended to them that they try the HP Photosmart Premium C309a CC335a unit. At $300, it was a bit pricier than they had hoped to pay, until adding up the numbers of individual scanner and printer and copier units quickly showed that purchasing individual units would be far more expensive and take up more space. This one device, while not small, takes up less room than a multitude of individual devices would and in the long run costs less.

The device is quite impressive for its size. It has an automatic feed for the copier/scanner function, making copying of multipage documents easy and quick. It has Bluetooth connectivity, which allows for connecting laptops and even smartphones to the device for printing out documents and pictures. It can also be accessed via wifi from many devices in the area hooked into the network, thus making it possible to print from other computers in other rooms without the need to run Ethernet wires, although the printer does allow for Ethernet connection. Photographs printed on the device look sharp and clear with little smudging or blurring effect so common in many inkjet devices.

The print-to-disk function takes a little getting used to, but the finished result is very clear and professional looking. The device also has USB and card reader ports to allow for direct printing from storage devices without the need for a computer intermediary. The copy /scan and fax functions all work flawlessly and are pretty easy to get used to. The only real complaints anyone has with this unit is that, like most inkjets that print photos, it consumes ink rapidly and can be expensive to replace. There are some tweaks to the settings one can make to cut down on ink consumption, but it really boils down to the fact that this device eats ink quickly. Installing the software from HP proved to be a little tricky at first, requiring an uninstall and reinstall before everything started working and the computer recognized all of the devices' features. I would recommend this unit to anyone in need of all the features who doesn't mind having to replace the ink often.

Review by professional reviewer, Sep. 1, 2010
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