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Kodak ESP C310 Review
Kodak ESP C310

Kodak ESP C310 reviews divide into two camps: experts who praise its simple operation and print speeds, with some minor carping about printout, and users who groan about its operational impracticalities. At CNET, one review says the quality of photo prints is good and color scans look sharp. PC Mag also commends photo printout but considers text and graphics output underwhelming, with some banding in color graphics prints. Text print shows some feathery edges, asserts a review in PC World, which goes on to note the inkjet printer's ease of use and menus that are well laid out. Consumers, meanwhile, complain about reliability problems. Kodak ESP C310 reviews on Amazon point to frequent paper jams, excessive use of ink, random crashes, wireless connectivity struggles, and software updates that hamper rather than ease functionality.

Unlike most budget inkjet printers, the Kodak ESP C310 (starting at $76, Amazon) includes a multi-in-one slot for memory cards, with support for SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro cards. The ESP C310 allows wireless 802.11b/g/n connections and also includes a USB 2.0 port. The 24-bit scanner supports a resolution of 1200x1200 dpi, with an optimized printer resolution of 9600 dpi. This printer has a 100-sheet paper tray, and can handle common paper sizes from 4 x 6 inches to letter-sized paper. The footprint of the Kodak ESP C310 measures 16.5Wx12.6Dx6.7H inches and its mass hits 12.6 pounds. Like others in its class, the ESP C310 comes with a one-year warranty and an Energy Star.

Simplicity is the Kodak ESP C310's strongest asset, but we're wary given the number of user complaints concerning paper jams and high ink usage and expert reservations about the color graphics and text output. The price-to-value quotient is on the low side with this model, so keep looking.

by Michael Sweet (Google+ Profile) – April 20, 2012
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