Kodak ESP C310 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 6
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 4
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 6.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Ease of use
    • Wireless connectivity
    • Low ink costs
  • Cons

    • Scanner left noise on photos
    • No ADF
    • No PictBridge/USB port

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Like Canon and Epson, Kodak also introduced a brand new all-in-one inkjet printer, the Kodak ESP C310, at CES 2011. Unlike the others, Kodak also unveiled their new 30 series of ink, a series that offers the lowest total ink replacement cost and cost per page in its class based on standard capacity cartridges.

Kodak has been focused on reducing ink costs for the past two years since beginning their Print and Prosper campaign, but this is the first time (in my hazy memory) that they’ve claimed both the lowest ink replacement costs as well as lowest cost per page.

UPDATE: Kodak’s team reached out to clarify that they are not claiming “the lowest cost per page” but instead an “exceptional cost per page.” 

Below, we have published our full review  as promised so read on to find out if the Kodak ESP C310 is right for your home or home office.

ESP C310 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 3-in-1 inkjet printer: print, scan and copy
  • Print speeds: 6 ipm in black, 4 ipm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 optimized dpi
  • 1.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in memory card reader
  • Paper capacity: 100-sheet rear folding tray
  • Connectivity: Wireless, USB
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Operating system: Mac OS, Windows
  • 1-year warranty

BUILD AND DESIGN
The Kodak ESP C310 is a budget friendly all-in-one (suggested retail price is $99.99) so the build and design is both compact and simple. The dimensions for the C310 are approximately 17 x 12 x 7 inches in non use and the design is solid black except for a single yellow stripe across the front of the C310.

       

The control panel runs along the top right side and features a 1.5-inch LCD, five quick keys (including the power key) and a navigation pad.

Flip open the 100-sheet rear tray for printing on a variety of media as small as a 4×6 photo print or as large as an 8.5 x 14 inch document. The Kodak ESP C310 offers an intelligent paper sensor that automatically adjusts paper settings based on the paper loaded in the rear tray.

Underneath the flip-up paper tray is the 24 bit CIS optical scanner. With an optical resolution up to 1200 dpi, the C310 can scan a single document up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches or multiple smaller images that are scanned as individual files thanks to Kodak’s scan software.

 

Open the output tray and pull at the middle to reveal the print head and dual ink cartridge system featuring Kodak’s new 30 series of ink. Kodak offers standard capacity ink, Kodak 30 Color Ink and Kodak 30 Black Ink, as well as high capacity ink, Kodak 30XL Black Ink and Kodak 30XL Color Ink.

The Kodak ESP C310 also includes a built-in card reader for easy photo printing on the go. The ESP C310 is compatible with the following media: SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo.

All connections are found on the back of the ESP C310. Users can set up the ESP C310 via USB or wireless connection. If you choose to set it up over a USB connection, you’ll need to purchase a USB print cable.


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