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It was shortly before our move to our new home in 2012 when we went on the hunt for a new all-in-one printer to replace our aging HP F380 that was by now more than 4 years old.
We didn't really have a lot of choice because although the printer was working it was becoming noisy and like many of the stand-alone scanners that I'd had previously made an almighty grinding noise every time it was used.
Unlike most of my other recent purchases remembering exactly where we bought the printer is not so straight forward although I seem to think it was from Tesco and certainly it was at around half price which at the time was about £70.
There were several reasons for choosing Kodak, the first was that the printer was competitively priced and more the more important reason was that it was wireless which meant that no longer did we have to keep our pc turned on just to get our laptops to print, and the final reason for buying it was to finally see for ourselves whether Kodak's claims of being the cheapest printing were true.
Certainly having a wireless printer is great and if I can think of how to link our Samsung Galaxy phones to it for when we might take the odd really important photo that would be exceptional. Copying and scanning to an extent are very similar to our previous all-in-one although this printer does come with on screen menus - which would be handy if I could actually see on the desk next to the pc. Scanning and copying though are just added features for us and it's the printing that really counts.
Compared to our old HP this is similar in speed and quieter! Trying to determine actual speed is difficult because although some speeds are listed on the box it is down to what settings you use - ie full colour, greyscale or draft and similarly down to the amount of graphics or size of photos on a page.
So, what of the printing? Well, quality is as good as HP and there's no way I can determine whether Kodak's claims to their ink never fading so I can only really mention the cost itself. Kodak ink is by far cheaper than HP, Lexmark, Canon or Epson and for this printer you can often find offers online or in various supermarkets to buy the ink cartridge (30) for anywhere between £6-£10 for black and £8-£14 or as a pack. They also come in XL, which supposedly increases the amount you can print by 100%. In reality, our experience is that we are buying cartridge much quicker than we were doing with HP and so far, when the black runs out the printer stops! So, saving money on ink is not as big a deal as they say it is. Additionally, unlike the other makes Kodak cartridges cannot be recycled. The only thing I can say is that Kodak uses the same inks in their printers as they do in their photos and the photos we do print are of a really good quality.
Would I buy another Kodak printer? Well, bearing everything in mind I have to say the likelihood is not good, and as we're visiting the shops more often for cartridges (which we were trying to avoid) this doesn't really give a good impression. The printer is definitely quieter than our HP and at the time we bought it was comparable if not better price wise to other similar spec wireless models from the other main competitors. It is stylish, but performance and low overheads are the key features which the ESP C310 doesn't quite live up to. So no, I doubt we will buy another Kodak printer.
The printer came with power lead, manual, CD and as with all printers these days black and colour cartridges that are not fully filled.
Certainly is not worth £126 which it is currently priced at on Amazon.
I have had several printers over the years but this is the first ' all in one' printer I have bought. The main reason for the purchase was due to the affordability of the ink. I had been caught out in the past by cheap printers and then only to find that the ink cost a fortune. I paid around £70 for it. It was really easy to set up. As soon as you connect everything up, the auto set up starts. Not once did I have to look for a solution online or ring a computer savvy relative to help. This was a lovely surprise and a first. The printer can be used connected or wireless but as I do not have the facilities for wireless, I always connect it to my computer. The only problem with that is that the connecting cable is about a foot long so I have to place my laptop on the floor next to the printer. I presume that most people use it as a wireless printer so this probably is not a problem for them. This has not been hassle enough for me yet to go seeking an extension of sorts. The printer can fax, copy , scan and print. I have not used it to fax but for everything else. Great quality printing, no hassle scanning or photocopying. Replacing the ink is very easy.
The one issue that I have is that when you print things in a 'draft' mode to save some money, the printing is so fast that the paper gets spat out at a very fast rate. This is not a problem when printing only a few pages but as a student I often have to print out documents with vast amounts of pages and I then have to sit and get the pages into the right order. There was also a spell in the beginning when the printer would simply not work and I had to turn it on and off several times for a few weeks in order for it to work. This issue has not arose again in the last 8 months.
My last all-in-one printer had given up the ghost , and although I generally don't print a lot I needed to replace it .I had heard so many adverts telling me that Kodak has the lowest printing costs that I decided maybe it was time to give them a go .
I found the C310 and carefully read the product information , Ok , so this printer is wireless has cheap ink replacement costs , but it doesn't have a Fax facility .I always like to check out customer reviews and many of them stated that there hadn't been a lot of ink in the cartridges provided with the printer ..It was on offer across a number of stores so I 'bit the bullet and placed my order ( I did ring the company I was purchasing from to query the ink cartridges and was told by a very helpful CS rep that Kodak sell the printers with just enough ink for you to see they are working correctly ) .So at the same time I purchased replacement ink cartridges too .
The printer comes with a DVD which allows you to download all of your Kodak support this is called the Kodak Home Centre , there is also a getcleanprint application , which is basically a photoshop app that assists you reducing red eye and performing basic editing tasks .
The printer arrived and it was time to set it up , not being very technical myself ,I was impressed by just how easy the set up process was .I plugged it in and all the lights lit up , it has a very handy little LCD monitor on the right hand side , you use this to configure the printer with your network router , by just typing in your router password , you know when you are connected as the blue wireless light flashes ( it's much the same as any other wireless piece of technology ..After you have completed that phase , you place the DVD into your hard drive and download the Kodak app ..That's it ! It's so simple and then your ready to print to your hearts content .You can even print directly from your android phone with this little beauty !
If you experience any error codes , you can click on a link and it directs you straight to Kodak customer support .Very handy as most questions are answered there , and if they aren't you can contact Kodak customer support via the site app .
The quality of the print is very impressive , but a word of warning , don't be tempted to use inferior quality photo paper , for the best quality prints use Kodak .
The design isn't as brilliant as some printers , this is a basic Kodak all-in-one and looks quite frankly like a huge black brick , but hey I bought it for its printing quality not aesthetics .It does a good job and for the price is a printer that I would highly recommend for anyone with a home office .The total cost of ink cartridges is under twenty pounds ,( this is more than less of half the price I was paying for Lexmark cartridges ).
I would definitely recommend Kodak both its printers and ink replacement cartridges .
I bought this printer after some serious consideration, I looked on-line, I went to shops and spoke to professionals when hunting down the best printer for me and this printer was mentioned most of the time. I am a student and I needed a nice little printer so I could print off my assignments without spending a bombshell.
The printer is an all-in-one, and therefore can print scan and photo copy which I have found very useful. The machine can "fold" away after you have used it so it can be smaller and not take up your desk space.
This printer is both a photo printer and am every day printer. the quality of the print is truly amazing. It looked as if I had my photos professionally developed when I printed them out. there is a slot in the printer so that you can print straight from your cameras memory card. It also has a small screen on the printer so you can see which picture you are printing off which is very useful.
The printer can be connected to a computer/laptop or you can use cloud printing, these options are clearly presented to you with the set up.
Now the best part about this printer for me is the price of ink, black ink costs £7 and colour ink is £14, this is amazing, because most other printers have black starting off at £14 and colour considerably more, So after a while of using this printer it has paid for itself from the savings you will make, I have calculated that you only have to buy 10 black inks to have saved the amount of the initial cost. Bravo Kodak
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.