Product Type: Kodak All in one Printer
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Kodak ESP C310
Member Name: Mephit
Kodak ESP C310
Advantages: easy to use, good results
Disadvantages: none really
I decided to buy a new printer when the ink ran out in my old one, a Canon. I was so tired of the extortionate price of ink cartridges for the model I had, that Kodak's sales pitch of the cheapest inks around for their printers had taken hold. There are alternatives, like buying non-brand inks (which I've found unsatisfactory) or even refilling old ones (which is fiddly plus you have to reset the microchip in the cartridges and I found the re-setter I had didn't work half the time) so pah, I thought, I give up on you, Canon. (And a few rude words.)
Out with you, and in with a Kodak.
So, it was to Argos and I was £69.99 worse off in no time. I chose an all-in-one printer because I find the photocopying and scanning functions very useful.
It is also a WiFi model, which means you send your pictures and documents wirelessly into the ether and they pop out of your printer magically. Or you can print things out at home while you sit in a WiFi hotspot somewhere, as long as the printer is switched on. I'm not sure what use that actually is, but hurrah anyway. And if you use a smartphone, you can print your photos on the printer with the Kodak Pic Flick App. It can be a bit disconcerting when homework starts printing out in the living room while my daughter is using her computer upstairs. It's fairly noisy, but considering you could have it anywhere in the house, that needn't be a concern.
It was easy to set up, just a matter of following instructions and linking in the computers we wanted the printer to interact with.
It's a much better size than the Canon we had previously, much more compact, while performing the same functions. It is about 27 cm deep, which means it can sit on a shelf reasonably easily. Its paper feed (at the rear, feeding from the top) rests upright, so it doesn't have to be away from the wall.
I am happy with the quality of pictures and documents it produces. It sometimes struggles to deal with glossy photo-quality paper, feeding it through instead of recognising it, but it usually only takes two attempts. It scans and photocopies easily and I'm happy with the results: good clarity and definition.
It is easy to reload with both inks and paper. It takes a separate black ink and a mixed colour cartridge. These are available in two sizes, 10 and 30, and you can buy them together for under £18. It apparently produces over 300 pages in black and nearly 400 in colour with the 30 cartridges. I can't say I can verify this, as I've never counted how much we actually get out of them, but we don't seem to change cartridges unduly often.
I find it a non-stressful printer to deal with, it just does as it's told.
It does like to update its firmware (whatever that means) on a regular basis, which means a dialogue box opening on my laptop asking if I want to do it now or later. Sometimes I say yes to now, sometimes I say later, and it doesn't seem to make much difference to how it works in the meantime. When its desire to update is granted, it does some downloading and makes whirring noises on its shelf, and then seems satisfied - until the next time. (As you can tell, a technological wizard, I am not).
I'd recommend this model of Kodak all-in-one printers for general home use.
Summary: good printer for general home use
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