Product Type: Kodak printer consumables
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Value prints and ink pack
Kodak Photo Value Pack
Member Name: SoadFan
Kodak Photo Value Pack
Advantages: Get both items you need in the pack for less
Disadvantages: Photo paper is a little thin
Kodak Photo Value Packs are a great way to stock up on both photo paper and ink refills for your Kodak ink jet printer. These packs are made to work with the Kodak Easy Share 5000 series all in one printers and are very good value, as they work out much cheaper to buy than buying the 2 items within the pack on their own.
Having tried both the Kodak Photo Value Pack and the Kodak Photo Premium Pack, I can say that the Premium pack is a little better due to the thicker and better quality photo paper that you get with it.
The Kodak Photo Value Pack does offer a cheap photo printing solution as its really good value and so you cannot fault it for that. Cost wise it works out at less than 7p per printed photo according to Kodak sources. But if you want better quality results with a thicker photo paper I recommend you go for the more expensive pack.
Within the Kodak Photo Value Pack, you get one x colour ink cartridge and 180 sheets of value photo paper. The Premium Pack has just 135 sheets of photo paper and one x colour cartridge in it. Price wise you can save yourself a couple of pounds if you buy the Value Pack and get more photo paper sheets too.
The photo paper in the Kodak Photo Value Pack is quite thin to the touch and can be easily bent out of shape or accidently crumpled. This is a bit of a shame really, but at least print/ ink quality is not effected. Due to the slightly flimsy, thin feeling photo paper, I fell that storage considerations for your fully finished and printed photos are more important.
A good quality photo album can stop your photos from knocks and bends. If you plan to store them in this way, then the thickness of the paper should not matter quite so much.
If you tend not to put your photos in to albums and leave them in folders or loose, then this paper may not be the best one for you. I would suggest in that instance you go for the Kodak Photo Premium Pack as the photo paper is much thicker and easier to handle without causing damage.
I have found the results when using the paper to be very good in terms of clarity and colours of the ink. Even when printing off low quality piccys taken with a mobile phone, I have managed to get some very pleasing results with this photo paper.
Kodak claim the prints will last for up to 10 years and still be as fresh as when you first print them, but as I haven't had the printer for that long I cannot really agree or disagree with that. I have looked back at prints made over the last couple of years and they still look as nice, fresh and bright as when they were first printed out. I find that to be very pleasing.
Price wise, look to buy the value pack for between £11.99, which would be very cheap and should be snapped up asap and £14.99, which is its average selling price. You can buy these sets in many stores which stock and sell the 5000 series Kodak ink jet printers, such as PC World. You can also source these sets online and prices are more varied if buying in this way.
The photo paper within the set is sized at 4 inches x 6 inches and you get 180 sheets in the pack. The ink cartridge included is a Kodak colour full sized pigment ink cartridge, not a cheaper half sized one, just because it comes in a value pack. This means that it will last for as long as your usual replacement cartridges.
The full colour cartridges on their own normally sell for around £9.99 each and the photo paper on its own can be as much as £4.99 for 25 sheets. So to be able to purchase this pack for £11.99 to £14.99 means that you are getting much more for your money.
Main features of the Value Pack here:
* Suitable for use with all Kodak Easy Share inkjet printers
* Money saving value Kodak paper and ink pack
* Pack makes use of Kodacolor Technology and pigment inks
* Kodak Lab-quality pictures can be achieved (camera quality may effect this).
* Kodak claim the prints will last a lifetime
* Pack contains 180 photo sheets.
* Photo papers are 10 x 15cm (4x6").
* Photo papers are a semi gloss finish Kodak Photo Paper
* Paper weight is 180gsm
* Pack contains 1 x full sized Kodak colour ink cartridge
Rating the pack as 4 stars out of 5, as I feel the premium pack offers slightly better quality/ thicker/ heavier photo paper. But this pack will do the job.
Summary: Offers good value and gives nice results
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