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Price I paid : 163Euro that's around £140
Kodak good for cameras and pictures, right?
So it makes perfect sense that they would be able to make a good printer.
Well there are lots of companies that excel in one field and fail in another. Just because you're great at one thing doesn't mean you'll be great at everything.
This is a very nice looking, heavy,sturdy printer. The main body of the machine is in an off White colour (also available in black). While the control panel and scanner screen are a nice gun metal grey. The instantly recognisable Kodak yellow is only present in a strip along the rim of the lid for the photocopier / scanner. The Kodak logo is century located on this lid and directly Above the printing tray along the grey border. This printer doest look or feel cheap. Its a robust machine large in size and surprisingly heavy. As far as design and manufacturing goes it would seem Kodak have done a good.
The Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One features a large 76mm LCD display up on the very top of the machine, right above the main controls on the right hand side. The screen is easily readable and displays a high Resolution, colourful picture. Directly below this screen there are seventeen raised buttons. The buttons are sized in relation to how often they are likely to be used. For example the start button is large while the setting button is smaller. The main function buttons also illuminate when pressed, these are the copy, photo and scan buttons.
On the front of the machine, above the print tray, to the right hand side there are two memory card slots and below them are USB sockets. This makes it very quick and easy to get prints from a mobile phone or iPad via the USB cable, or via the memory card slots.
There is software supplied with the printer to help you achieve the best prints and photos you can. These are EasyShare and AiO Home Centre. The two of them work to provide photo housekeeping and simple functions for printing and scanning. The EasyShare software can be used for basic photo editing and can also be used to add simple effects.
The EasyShare 5300 is also quite loud. It's without a doubt the noisiest printer I have ever owned. When in the process of printing something it makes winding, spinning and pumping- like sounds. This is one of it's only drawbacks.
The paper tray can take one hundred sheets of standard plain printing paper. It also has a separate tray that you must push in to activate, for a further 20 sheets of 15 x 10cm photo paper.
The main selling point of these Kodak printers, is the amassing value of their ink cartridges. Lots of manufactures will sell the printer itself for what you may consider a bargain. Then to your horror you find out the ink cartridges, especially the colour ones are extortionately priced. Not such a good deal after all.
Kodak have the printer reasonably priced for the quality of product that you are getting. But the best thing about it is their black cartridges 10B only cost £6.99 Inc VAT.
While a black ink cartridge 10XL only costs £11.99 Inc VAT.
The news gets even better when it comes to the colour cartridges.
A Colour ink cartridge 10C costs only £12.99 Inc VAT.
The ink combo pack 10B + 10C costs £19.98 Inc VAT.
And finely the photo value pack costs £ 17.99 Inc VAT.
These prices are in stark contrast to what other names are charging for the same product.
The photo colour cartridge contains five inks. Cyan, magenta, yellow and black and the fifth is a transparent coating, given to all photos, to protect them from fading.
Printing works quite fast when printing photographs. A 15 x 10cm print takes around 40 to 45 seconds when using either a memory card or PictBridge camera.
And takes around 70 when printing from a PC. Standard black prints of text print much faster on all formats.
This printer does excel when it comes to printing photos. The resulting prints are sharply detailed, with perfect colour graduation, deep blacks where needed and good shadow detail. The colours look natural, not overly vibrant and never washed out. You can expect nothing less than perfection when it comes to the Market leader in photos.
Borderless sizes supported
3½ × 5 in. 4 × 6 in. 4 × 8 in. 4 × 12 in. 5 × 7 in. 6 × 9 in. 8 × 10 in.
A & A4.
plain paper, coated paper, photo paper, iron-on, transparency film, label media, greeting cards,17 to 24 lb plain paper.
Auto detect media : KODAK Photo Papers with custom back print.
Image enhancement : KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology.
Print functions : 100%, fit-to-page, fill-page, mirror, poster
Display : 2.4 in. color graphics LCD
Two-sided printing : duplex printing accessory included
Copy quantity : black & color, 1-99 copies
Copy enlargement/reduction : 10-500% at 1% increments
Devices supported : USB PC/MACs, USB mass storage devices, PictBridge enabled digital still cameras, EKPTP cameras via camera dock or printer dock, and BLUETOOTH Technology enabled imaging devices.
USB ports : 2 host ports, 1 device port
Power : US: 110-120 V AC, 60 Hz at ~2 A
WW: 110-240 V AC, 50-60 Hz
output: 36 V AC at 3 A (120 watt)
[W × D × H]: 18.8 × 16.4 (with duplexer) × 11.3 in.
Weight : 26.7 lbs
Whats in the box ?
Of course there is the KODAK EASYSHARE 5300 All-in-One Printer
One Black Ink Cartridge
One Color Ink Cartridge
One Paper Sample Pack
KODAK EASYSHARE Software
WINDOWS : WINDOWS XP (all versions), WINDOWS VISTA (all versions)
CELERON 1.2 GHz (minimum); PENTIUM 4, 3 GHz (recommended)
MACINTOSH : MACINTOSH OS 10.4.8 or higher
PowerPC G3 800 MHz (minimum); PowerPC G5 2 GHz or INTEL Processor (recommended)
Hardware : 128 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
200 MB hard drive disk space available
Available USB port (USB 2.0 recommended)
my final opinion
This is a very good printer, especially if you print a lot of photos. Printing IS an expensive process.
But with this printer from kodak it doesn't have to be AS expensive. That would be the main reason to get one these. The value of the cartridges alone are a reason to buy this printer over others. That was the main reason I got this as I travel so much. Being able to print high quality photographs of my treasured memories at the touch of a button is wonderful. To now have photos of my little nice that's no longer with us is priceless. After all you can't put a price on memories.
This printer is one in a range that Kodak launched a few years ago to try and get themselves into the home printing market and not just specialised photo stuff. It's main selling point being the cheap price of the ink. I've had mine for about 10 months and its worked almost faultlessly.
*CHEAP INK; this has to be the major one. whereas companies like Epson are happy to chage upto £25 for ink cartriges, Kodak are selling theirs for around £8, even cheaper if you look on the internet. Ontop of this the ink lasts a long time.... i got atleast 20% more A4 sheets printed off a single black cartrige than I had been previously with an old canon AIO
*EASE OF USE; the printer just...... well.. prints. It's easy to setup and has lots of software that comes bundled with it to make things like scanning and printing photo's easy
*PRINT QUALITY; for documents and the likes, the print quality is fine. Just as sharp as anything you'd find with a similar inkjet. However, the photo quality is quite grainy... not what one would expect considering kodaks photo printing background.
*AVAILABILITY; although the ink is cheap. It's also rather hard to come about. Whereas one can find Canon and Epson cartriges everywhere, there are still very few places which have the kodak inks readily stocked
*OCCASIONAL INK FAILURE; this is perhaps a bit of an unneccesary point, but i'll mention it none the less. Every so often an ink cartrige just doesnt do what it's meant to do... compared to some others the kodak ones are .... quite complicated.. Each ink has a small chip in it that tells the computer how much therer is left in that cartrige.... whilst this is useful, they sometimes malfunction, such as when the printer crashes... when this happens sometimes the computer decides that the cartrige is empty even though you know its totally full.. there is , to my knowledge, no official way of solving this
OVERALL: This is a great printer for students and families. Where a moderate amount of printing gets done.... certainly takes the worry out of the cost of ink
Whilst looking for a replacement printer to take the place of the failed and if I am completely honest, very poor and ink thirsty, Lexmark printer we had at the time, the Kodak 5300 Easy Share Ink Jet Printer, was one of the ink jet printers that really caught my eye.
At the time there was an in store demonstration of the Kodak 5300 and like a moth to a flame I was drawn in by the fact that the printer seemed so very easy to use. There was a special promotional price too and that along with the ease of use and promised cheaper printing swung the purchase.
The Kodak 5300 Easy Share has a 2 cartridge system which I have found very easy to handle when it comes to replacing used ink cartridges. You just need to switch off the printer, lift the scanner bed lid and carefully take out the old cartridge. Then tilt the replacement one at an angle into the slot and click it firmly, but carefully into place, making sure not to touch the copper heads on the printer. Easy peasy.
Cost wise the ink refills is are £16.98 for the multipack which contains 1 each of colour/ black, but if you buy them singly they are around £6.99 for black and £9.99 for the five ink colour cartridge. The price of the printer itself was around £99 to buy, which to my mind offered good value for money at the time. The installation software is included with the Kodak EasyShare 5300, making it quick to set up and use.
The printer has a good sized easy to read control panel with a nice 3 inch LCD display. I have found it very handy when choosing what format, size, brightness or resolution you want to print in. The machine can print, scan or copy to A4 size and the standard of prints seems to be ok. I have found that the colours can some times be a little less bright than they ought to be even when just doing normal every day printing.
The really handy thing about the Kodak 5300 is that it can also print your photos! It has an easy to work system which is compatible with xD, SD and CF memory cards and Memory Sticks. We found this great as you can take pics with a camera phone and then print them straight off via the system by using a memory card.
When we bough the printer we were told it would cost around 7p a sheet to print, but you may find that you get a little less value if printing lots of high quality prints. The quality of the photos were better than I expected from the machine but lately colours do seem to have become less defined and that needs sorting. So with that in mind I think the printer deserves a 4 star rating, as its easy to use, can do a range of jobs and doesn't break the bank.
Wi-Fi: sadly not standard with the model
Printer dimensions: 478 × 373 × 224mm
Bluetooth: not standard with this model
Total eight: 9.7kg
Maximim printing speed in colour: 30
USB points: 2
Number of cartridges: 2 - 1 black, 1 colour
I've had a 5300 for about 18 months. Actually I've had two, the first gave up printing black after a few months. After much groaning at PC World they gave me a second - despite the "you have to deal with Kodak line". It was OK then for a while - I don't actually print much, averaging a dozen pages a week, maybe the odd photo; then it stopped printing black again. This time I harangued Kodak and after about six weeks and the statuary "upgrade the firmware" piece, they conceded it might be a printhead problem - so, they said they'd send me a new printhead. It took them another 6 weeks to do that ("Oh! Didn't we say it wasn't in stock?"). Now it's gone belly-up again - blue smudges on the yellow make printing yellow / green and variations impossible. Black's OK though! The cartridges are cheap (well, not if Kodak keep telling you to replace them and try new ones) - otherwise it's not worth the pain. Buy something else.
When it comes to choosing a new inkjet printer, you really are spoilt for choice. Add in the need for an all-in-one offering, for scanning as well, and things can become a little more complicated. Kodak plan to change this by introducing the EasyShare 5300 to the market. This is a really smart looking inkjet, in a nice white and silver finish that would not look out of place next to an iMac (though it will of course work with any Mac or PC). It offers the ability to scan, print from a selection of memory cards, and of course is a normal inkjet printer. It sports a 3-inch colour LCD screen, borderless printing, and claims of upto 32ppm in black and white, or 30ppm in full colour, which is pretty impressive.
Paper and inks are where the 5300 really excels. On the paper front you have two trays, one can be kept loaded with upto 100 A4 sheets, for regular documents and/or larger photo prints. The smaller tray sits just above this and is dedicated to 6x4 photo paper (capacity 20 sheets). You keep this loaded at all times and engage it by pushing it into the printer body a couple of inches. When engaged a green LED comes on to indicate that you are going to print from the 6x4 tray. This is a nice way of doing things, although I would prefer to select this in the printer driver on-screen rather than having to remember to engage the tray, but I guess this could just be a personal preference.
Inks and economy are taken to a whole new level. Up until now we have all been told to avoid printers that use all in one cartridges, and for good reason. Supposedly, if an ink cartridge consists of cyan, magenta, yellow and black, when just the black or cyan runs out, you have to replace the whole thing, even if the yellow is still full. With many other printers, this can be very costly. I have seen CMYK ink cartridges cost as much as £30 before, so why is the EasyShare 5300 different?
Well, the 5300 has two ink cartridges, one for the black ink and the other holds the cyan, magenta,yellow, light cyan and light magenta. In a typical scenario the black would always run out first, so it is nice that this is separate. But what about that colour cartridge? Kodak have taken a different angle on this all-in-one cartridge business. Firstly, they say that the 5300 uses less ink than its competitors. You should expect to get around twice as much printing out of a cartridge when dealing with colour and almost three times as much for plain black text documents. Add this to the fact that the black cartridge has an RRP of £6.99 and the colour just £9.99 and you can start to see just how cheap the 5300 can be to run. You can pick up a black and colour cartridge together for as little as £14.99 if you shop around. This should equate to 2p per black A4 document, 5p per A4 colour document and 7p per 4x6 photo. Suddenly, this printer starts to make sense, if it performs well it could be a winner.
Getting the EasyShare 5300 up and running was pretty easy. There was a slight hiccup, where I had just upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4.10 and the Kodak software would not install. Upon contacting Kodak support I was advised that it was not seeing the last zero in my system software, so thought I was running 10.4.1. This was a problem because the 5300 only runs on OS X 10.4.9 or later. Although this was initially a problem I must really congratulate Kodak on the prompt response to the problem. With 48 hours the driver had been fixed and I was up and running.
In use scanning was a breeze, the 5300 is TWAIN compliant, so I used PhotoShop to scan some A4 magazine pages and photos. Colours were very accurate, whites neutral and blacks where quite dense. The level of detail and density was nothing to shout about, but definitely acceptable for the home market.
Printing was also a very good experience, with nice fast black and white printing. Not anywhere near the 32ppm claim, but I did get a ten page document out in one minute. Full colour business type documents were a little slower at around 6ppm, but the colours were bright and crisp, with no spidery text. Moving onto photos and the colour reproduction was fantastic. A borderless A4 full colour photo took almost to minutes, but the colours looked very accurate, the saturation was just right and the level of detail was as good as a lab print (to my eyes). Printing from the Mac, memory card, or via a PictBridge connected camera to the 4x6 paper yielded pretty much the same results. All around 40 seconds per print and all looked very nice.
So, does the EasyShare 5300 live up to its claims? Well, in the quality department I can give it a resounding yes. Prints were crisp, had great levels of detail, and seemed very colour accurate. My only complaint was when printing A4 borderless prints, that the first one of each batch had some feint lines at the top of the print. This did not repeat itself on successive prints. The scanner is also superb, more than good enough for the home market. Copying direct from the glass to the printer was also very easy and produced good results.
In the running cost arena, the 5300 did not quite meet expectations, but I should quickly draw your attention to just how cheap it is to run. I printed out A4 black and white text filled sheets, until the black ran out and got 332 prints, which equates to 2.1p per sheet, this is fantastic and almost matches Kodak's 2p claim. Moving onto documents with a mix of colour diagrams, a photo and black text, resulted in 178 A4 prints, which equates to 9.5p per sheet. Kodak claim 5p per sheet, but this is at 5% coverage, whereas my documents were more like 10% coverage, so again pretty impressive. Last up were a batch of full coverage 6x4 photos. Again a new set of cartridges and I loaded up the 5300 and let it run, 142 photos later and the colour cartridge was out, so this worked out at 12p per photo. Again this is very good, not quite the 7p claim, but I would be more than happy paying 12p per photo and printing them from the comfort of my house, rather than going to to a photo lab.
As a complete home printing package the Kodak EasyShare 5300 represents really good value for money. It is cheap to run and produces very good results. You also get a very good scanner and convenient copier function too. If you need to send fax documents, then take a look at the EasyShare 5500 which shares all of the features and specification in this review, but add a fax machine into the equation for an extra £70.
Note: I am the original author of this review on www.geekanoids.co.uk
When my Dad turned up at home with a Kodak printer that cost him a about £80, I thought he had gone mad. However, over the time that I've used it I've gotten to like it very much. There are so many positives about it. Firstly, it prints in a really good quality, much better than the Epson printer that we were replacing. Secondly it comes with a scanner inside it and although the scanner isn't perfect quality, it's good for scanning pictures. Then there's the photocopier part of it, which I must say I'm very impressed with. The quality is terrific etc etc. All these features do mean you end up using quite a lot of ink, however this brings me to my next positive point and that is that the ink cartridges (provided you buy kodak ones) are really cheap. My epson black ink cartridges used to cost £19.99 each, but these are only £6.99.
I would thoroughly recommend this printer.
Wow - the ink for this printer is really great value, the black ink was only £6.99 and the colour cartridge £9.99. I've been printing lots of documents, web pages and photos and have only just used up the cartridges that came with the printer.
I think Kodak have a real winner here. The printer was a bit more expensive than competitor models but I've already made back the difference through buying one additional set of inks, so over time the saving will be much greater as I probably use 3 - 4 cartridges a year.
Print speed is good, about 30 pages a minute and photos are really easy to print with a nice big LCD screen and memory card slots. It churns out about two 4x6 borderless photos a minute and it has a dedicated photo paper tray which I push in when I want to print photos and it automatically knows the paper size and grade I am using (Very clever).
I saw this in PC World for £99.99 last week so it has come down in price.