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      13.10.2013 16:32
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      Kodak quality that really doesn't end up more costly in the long run than the generic inks.

      I bought a Kodak printer because it was cheap - and the inks for it were cheap, but I always tried to save a few quid by going with generic ink cartridges. However, they seemed to run out terribly quickly and when I needed some ink right away, I bought a combo back from Argos that included a smaller black cartridge and a larger colour one. I can't remember the exact price, but the current price is £19.99, and I think that is about what I paid. This is quite a bit more than the generics I bought from ebay at £4.99 for what looks like the same size.

      We noticed the difference in print quality immediately. The pictures printed with Kodak ink were noticeably different. It looked like we had gone out and bought another camera. We then ended up trying the Kodak paper as well and the combination was stunning. Using Kodak inks, paper, and a mid range digital camera I can honestly say I have colours that are brighter, richer and more vibrant, than the photos we have from professional studios. The difference is like going from an old CRT TV to a modern HD flatscreen. I do feel the paper made even more difference than the ink, but this really is a superior product to the generic versions.

      With this being so much more expensive though, I did feel it was something I would only buy for photos. After all, printing off vouchers or even work sheets isn't really exciting and one does not need a very high quality ink. However, over two months on, I'm not so sure this cartridge really is more expensive than the generic ones. Of course the initial outlay is more, but what really counts is price per page and how long the ink lasts. We hadn't had good luck with the generic printers, all of them went dry within two months, even if we had only printed a few pages. If we were using more frequently, we had some run dry in less than two weeks. I did start with a new generic cartridge and got about 20 photos printed and had it go dry. We thought perhaps you have to print on regular basis or the things just dried up. We did an incredible amount of printing when we first bought these cartridges. I printed out 60 + ordinary photos, nine A4 sized photos and six 5 x 7s. I have also printed out the usual amount of vouchers, worksheets, art pages and the odd sheet of game cheats. This is starting to go low on colour now. It is still printing perfectly but the wee box is popping up advising us to buy more ink. I am going to go ahead and spring for the Kodak ink again. I honestly do feel that I got at least 4 x the amount of printing from this as I was able to get from the ebay inks, and the quality was so much better. Of course there was no problem at all in installing and getting the printer to recognise the ink, because it was the right ink. I'll probably go with Amazon this time as I can get the same ink for £1 odd less, but I will be sticking with Kodak original. Some generic inks are better than others, but with Kodak - I know I am getting quality every time.

      According to Amazon, this cartridge set can print 335 black / 390 colour pages. I do not feel that I printed nearly this much, but I also feel that this estimate is based on printing regular text and minor graphics pages. I feel that colour photography is certainly going to use more ink as the entire page is saturated. I have been surprised how long this cartridge has kept going. It really has made the Kodak printer an excellent buy as well, as we have tried several other printers and never had anything print so much from one cartridge. I believe Kodak's claims now that this is the least expensive printer to use, and with Kodak consumables, I think it one of the very best as well.

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        30.06.2010 08:32
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        Good quality inks for your Kodak printer

        If you have a full colour ink jet photo printer then you will know that after a mammoth photo printing session, you do tend to use quite a bit of ink. Its always useful to keep some spare ink cartridges for those moments, as its very frustrating when you run out of ink half way through printing your pics.

        I find that the price of buying inks varies a lot and tend to either buy the Kodak Ink and Photo Paper combo packs or the Kodak Ink combo packs . On their own the full colour cartridges for the Kodak photo ink jet printers are £9.99 and the black inks are £6.99 each.

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        It does make great sense to buy your inks in the offer packs, as you save a few pennies. The photo packs contain both photo paper and a full colour cartridge and I do buy these when photo paper is getting low.

        However mostly I seem to stick with buying the Kodak Ink combo packs, These include both a full colour ink cartridge and a black ink cartridge. The two ink cartridges make up the easy to use 2 cartridge, 6 colour printing system used by many of the more recent Kodak printers.

        The pigmented inks used by Kodak are mean't to make sure that your prints and pics last much longer than ever before. I have found both the colour and clarity when printing with these inks to be consistent and long lasting. The inks do give pleasing results.

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        I cannot comment on the claims by Kodak that their inks last on paper documents for more than 10 years and still remain bright as we have not had our printer that long.

        Kodak also say that when the inks are used in combination with their photo papers, the inks and prints can last even longer and still retain their colours. Again, I cannot say for certain that this is the case, but so far anything we have printed has come out in what looks like a decent quality.

        Colours have even been very close to the originals when we have used the scanning part of the printer to scan an existing photo and then make our own copy onto Kodak photo paper, using these inks.

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        The ink cartridges use high nozzle density print heads, combined with these quality pigmented inks, which have precision dual drop placement capability. The 6 ink system used, consists of a single black ink cartridge for mono tone/ black and white copies and prints, plus a 5 colour cartridge, which enables full colour printing when used with the black cartridge.

        The info from Kodak says that the black cartridge can print 540 pages at 5% coverage and the colour cartridge can print 370 pages at 5% coverage. Their quoted full cost per photo including Kodak inks and Kodak photo paper is 7p per photo.

        When replacing the cartridges, they are easy to install with the easy click and fit system which they have. Do make sure you don't touch the print heads when installing though.

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        We have found that the inks do manage to get through lots of printing before the dreaded ink low warning appears. The multi packs can be bought for between £12.99 and £15.99, which depends on where you buy them and whether you are buying more than 1 pack.

        Do shop around for these packs as some retailers do offer multi buy discounts and the inks can just be put away in a cool dark place and then used as and when needed.

        Over all these inks are long lasting, can print lots of copies and prints before they run low and perform better than the inks in our previous Lexmark printer. A 5 star rating for both value and longevity of printing seems fair.

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        Print brilliant, crisp documents and bright, vivid photos. This combo pack features a convenient 2-cartridge, 6-ink system.

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        Product Description: Kodak Ink Combo Pack - print cartridge - black, multicolour
        Consumable Type: Print cartridge
        Printing Technology: Ink-jet
        Printing Colour: Black, multicolour
        Included Qty: 1
        Designed For: EasyShare 5100, 5300, 5500; ESP 3, 5, 7, 9
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