Kodak EasyShare 5300 All In One printer, scanner, and copier
11 September 2008
Summary: Cynicism aside, the key factor in buying the 5300 is the 50% less consumable costs. So rather than buy a £50 all-in-one from another manufacturer with inks that costs as much, if not more, when you come to replace them, Kodak have a pricier initial proposition out of the box.
Pros: Easy to use, low priced consumables yet relatively high quality prints, plus good LCD
Cons: Heavyweight design, software issues, some of the claimed print speeds proved unrealistic
Excerpt: Rating : Is it worth the price? It is currently selling for approximately US$150, and at that price, it is a great home printer. It’s not a professional printer, so don’t expect it to act like one, but as a home photo printer, it is fantastic. Would I recommend this to a friend?
Summary: Kodak has made an impressive entry into the consumer inkjet market with its EasyShare 5300 model, which is a good all-round performer. Plain paper printing and copying are especially impressive and its low running costs are a boon.
Pros: Good print / scan colours, Easy to use, Running costs
Excerpt: We applaud Kodak for reducing the cost of color prints, but the EasyShare 5300's reliability troubles and mediocre print quality on cheaper papers might drive you to just spend the extra cash.
Pros: Excellent quality on premium photo paper, High-quality text, Inexpensive supplies available
Cons: Slow, Colors lack richness on inexpensive paper, Some printing/scanning reliability issues
Conclusion: As you'd expect from Kodak, the 5300 does its best work with photographs. As a direct document printer, it's a little less exciting, but anything that forces the cost of prints down in a competitive market deserves applause.
Pros: Can't edit or crop photos from the control panel, Photo printing is four-ink, not six-ink, Twitchy print head installation