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The Kodak ESP C310 All-In-One printer was released in January 2011 and offers wi-fi connectivity and it can even print photos from your Apple iOS device. The printer is currently available for around £79.00.
Unlike many printers, the price of ink cartridges are extremely reasonable:
- Kodak Color Ink Cartridge 30, yields 275 pages - £12.99 (RRP)
- Kodak Black Ink Cartridge 30, yields 335 pages - £6.99 (RRP)
- Kodak Black Ink Cartridge 30XL, yields 670 pages - £11.99 (RRP)
- Perfect Page Technology - improve the quality of your scanned document even when your original is less than perfect
- Scan multiple pictures simultaneously - software creates separate files automatically
- Kodak All-in-One Home Centre Software - edit to reduce red eye, fix blemishes and skin tones, or restore colour
- 1.5inch colour display and media card slot - view and print photos without a computer. Supports SD/SDHC, MMC and Memory Stick. Sort feature finds pictures by month, day or year and displays on the printer LCD
- Rear feed paper tray - holds 100 sheets of document paper or 20 sheets of photo paper
- Intelligent Paper Sensor - automatically adjusts printer settings based on paper type
- One-touch - print, copy, scan functionality
- Printable template designs - graph paper, line paper (narrow or wide ruled), tic-tac-toe, reminder list, shopping list and sheet music (portrait and landscape)
The printer is quite light and is mainly built from plastic. The buttons are responsive when using the printer via the clear 1.5in LCD screen.
The on-screen instructions take you through the connecting to the printer. For the review a wireless connection has been used. The printer searches for wireless networks, when choosing your network you simply enter your routers password and connection is complete. Next it is time to install the software on your computer.
From the Kodak Home Centre you can edit and print pictures, print pictures from video, create 3D pictures and scan documents and pictures. You can also access the Home Centre Tools and Documentation, Printer Tools, Tips and Projects Centre and Order Supplies.
Epson PX660 prints the difference is extremely noticeable. Clearly the colours just aren't as bright and punchy on the C310 and if you look really closely you can see the dots.
The images below are the original files which have been printed on the C310 and scanned back in. The colours look really washed out with the better scan being that of the black and white church.
|Original||Scanned on Kodak ESP C310|
Creating 3D images is suprisingly easy. You need to take two images, 3 inches apart without changing the angle. You then upload them to the Kodak software and it merges the images, a process that is done quickly. The image can be saved on your computer and/or printed. It works really well, if you have a pair of 3D glasses available, take a look at the image below. It's not perfect, but looks good.
Value for moneyThe Kodak ESP C310 is available for £79.00. The competition includes the HP PhotoSmart e-AiO for £54.99, Canon Pixma MP495 for £59.99 and Epson Stylus SX515W for £92.49.
|Kodak ESP C310||HP PS e-AiO||Canon MP495||Epson SX515W|
|Print/Copy Speed||39 sec. photo
Copy = 5/3 IPM
|28 / 23 / NA sec
Copy FCOT=26 sec.
|36/36 Print speed colour / black
30/28 Copy speed Colour / black
|Number of inks||4||4||5||4|
|Print/ Scan PPI||9600/9600||4800/1200||9600/4800||5760x1440|
|LCD Screen||1.5 inch||2.36 inch Touchsmart||2.5 inch||6.3 cm|
|Connectivity||USB, WiFi 802.11n||USB, WiFi 802.11n||USB, front USB, WiFi||USB, WiFi|
|Ink Permanence||120 years||4 Generations||100 years||6x longer|
|Other Features||Ink Value
Rear feed (L - Shape)
3D photo creation and printing with KODAK AiO Printer Home Center Software (v 6.2)
Smart Web printing
2-way paper feeding
Auto Photo Fix
|Auto Photo Correction, Individual inks|
Kodak ESP C310 All-In-One Printer: ProsCan print images direct from an iOS device
Cheap ink cartridges
Easy to use
3D image creation
Kodak ESP C310 All-In-One Printer: ConsPhoto print colours aren't great
Scanned images have washed out colours
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
|Print speed||Photos: borderless Kodak Lab-Quality 4 × 6 in. photos in as little as 38 seconds
Documents: 6 ipm in black, 4 ipm in colour
|Print resolution||9600 optimized DPI for high-resolution colour photo printing / 1200 × 1200dpi for highest monochrome text resolution|
|Print sizes||Borderless photos from 4 × 6 in. up to LTR/A4
Documents from 4 × 6 in. up to LTR/A4
|Paper capacity||Rear feed paper tray holds 100 sheets of document paper or 20 sheets of photo paper|
|Smartphone printing||Print directly from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Blackberry device with the Kodak Pic Flick App|
|Supported Memory Card Formats||Print without a computer using memory card slots - SD/SDHC, MMC, MS & MS Pro|
|Copy and scan specifications|
|Copying||Copy speed: 5 copies per minute in black, 3 copies per minute in colour, copy up to LTR/A4. Up to 99 copies at a time on a 20 - 500% scaling or fit to page range|
|Scanning||1200dpi optical scanner (CIS), 24-bit 9600 interpolated dpi
Scan multiple photos simultaneously and get separate files automatically
Scan and edit documents with optical character recognition
|Connectivity||Built-in Wi-Fi, 802.11 b/g/n
Kodak Pic Flick App
USB 2.0 High Speed
|Display||1.5 in. colour LCD screen|
|Power consumption||Energy Star certified|
|Dimensions||41 × 17 × 31mm|
|Weight||5400g, includes power supply, ink, printheads|
|In the box||Kodak Black Ink Cartridge, 30
Kodak Color Ink Cartridge, 30
Wireless Networking Setup Guide
Kodak All-in-One Printer Software CD
USB 2.0 cable sold separately and required for non-Wi-Fi PC/MAC printing