Product Type: Kodak All in one Printer
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Kodak ESP C315
Member Name: aefra
Kodak ESP C315
Date: 18/07/12, updated on 18/07/12 (178 review reads)
Advantages: Clear, clean copying
Disadvantages: Slow and noisy
Whilst browsing PC World I found what looked like just the thing, the Kodak ESP C315. It was one of only two inkjet printers I saw which needed only 2 cartridges and, what is more, they were truly inexpensive. I paid £21.98 for a duo pack of tri colour and black and they can be obtained for less. The machine cost me £69.99 and I have seen them for £61 at Pitman online. It came as a neat matt black 42cms x 28cms x 17cms width, depth and height and sits easily on a small table beside my computer desk. The paper tray folds down from the front and the whole thing is pretty space saving. As is the norm these days it prints and copies.
No usb cable came in the box and fortunately I had a spare. I plugged this into the front of my tower and connected the electric cable to the trailer socket. The disc- prompted link to my computer was a doddle. I will stress here that if you want a wonder machine or if you are in a hurry, best switch off now. Only kidding, I hope you don't.
Printing with this device is a very thoughtful process. Having pressed the correct button on my task bar there is a short pause before the paper sheet slides half way down in its slot. Another pause---wait for it, it will happen---- before I hear the printer start its measured pace towards the first sheet sliding neatly into the tray. The whole thing is accompanied by the sound of cogs turning and wheels whirring. It has all the finesse of Wallace and Gromit and the heavy speed of " The Wrong Trousers". However, both printed and copied work is clear and clean and accurate.
Replacement of the cartridge duo is simple. Just lift the top section and the unit beneath swings over to show you the spent cartridges ready to be lifted out and replaced with the new.
For me the C315 comes into its own when reproducing photos. The Kodak printer appears to have attached itself neatly to "My Pictures". This means that a right click on the pic of choice brings up a doorway into the Kodak Home Centre, ready to adjust and print - although slow to load as I have now come to expect. A generous preview of the picture lays to the right of the window with zoom invitations on the photo itself.
With Lexmark, I gave up fiddling with adjustments as I followed endless instructions followed by "next" which was rather like those annoying requests on the telephone to "press 1 for.....press 2 for....". The Kodak has 1 button choices, but editing was, even for me, simple and rewarding. A left hand box offers slider or button adjustments to be played with, including a border and a text option with change of font, size and colour with which I experimented for the sake of this review. A picture of my carp swimming in their pond was adjusted in brightness and exposure in a flash and the result compared with the original photo. It worked and I was pleased with the result.
Would I recommend my new toy? In all honesty I can't say that I could as I am sure that there are better printer/copiers out there possibly for this price. Is this the printer for dummies that I really want? Yes it is. I don't need to create a run of company reports for HSBC shareholders or the minutes of a parliamentary select committee. I am retired and have time to play a game of free cell as it clunks away. Actually it is not that slow, but you get the picture. So why am I so comfortable with it? Because for me it works. It churns out good reproductions of documents and I find the photo prints pleasing. The replacement of cartridges will not be resented because of price and above all I can go and pour my coffee knowing that I shall not return to either the "paper jammed" report or several blank pages which have sneaked out behind the single page I printed.
I suppose, to sum up, this review is for someone who wants to know what they get for not too much money and truthfully I am comfortable with my C315.
Summary: A basic printer copier