Kodak ESP C310 review
The ESP C310 isn't perfect, and it's not the cheapest wireless MFP we've seen, but it's incredibly cheap to run. Heavy users will find it good value.
Review Date: 24 May 2011
Price when reviewed: £79
Reviewed By: Simon Handby
Regular readers might notice more than a passing resemblance between Kodak's ESP C310 inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) and the cumbersomely titled Advent AWP10 Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer we reviewed a few months back. At the time of our earlier review we noted that while the Advent printer used Kodak technology there was no equivalent model in Kodak's own range. The ESP C310 fills that gap.
Like the Advent AWP10, the C310 is a compact MFP with a single sloped paper tray at the rear and a flat output tray at the front. There's a USB port and support for 802.11b/g/n wireless networks, but no wired Ethernet connection. Both devices share maximum print and scan resolutions and claimed print speeds, but there are some minor differences, chief among which is the Kodak's smaller 3.8cm colour screen.
The Kodak's huge advantage, however, is that while Advent users must make do with Advent-branded ink cartridges and very high running costs, buyers of the ESP C310 can use Kodak's own number 30 supplies. The resulting running costs of 1.4p per mono page part and 2.8p per colour page part are among the lowest available on any consumer inkjet, making the C310 exceptionally good value for anyone who plans to print in high volumes.
The ESP C310 shares many of the AWP10's quirks, including a tendency for the top sheet to ride up in the input tray and black text that can appear 'torn' horizontally at times. Unlike the AWP10, however, it didn't suffer from memory errors during our 1,200dpi scan test. It's quite a slow printer, delivering our 25-page mono letter test at 3.9ppm, and our 24-page mixed colour document at just 2.6ppm. In addition to imperfect text, colour prints on plain paper aren't as vibrant as those from some other inkjets, but the quality is adequate for most uses.
Try Kodak for a change
I formerly owned HP Office Jets, and many models of Epson printers. I thought I'd give Kodak a try because of the price of ink and the fact that the HP ink depletes too fast and the Epson ink clogged up when not in use.
So far I have had the printer for about a month. The speed is pretty good, I like that it goes into and out of sleep mode without bothering me. Printing envelope addresses has never been so easy because it senses the paper feed automatically.
I printed out a couple high res. color prints and they look better the the ones printed at the drug store.
Scanning and copying worked as easy as my office copier. Just like advertised. The price, of course was great, I think it was about £70 including shipping. You have to remember when considering printer price that HP, Kodak, and Epson are ink companies that happen to sell printers so I bought to Kodak model because I could pay £20/cartridge instead of £40.
In fact, I liked the printer so well that I bought the next model up an ESP6100 for our office to replace our officejet.
If I have any complaint, its that the installation CD had an out of date driver and I had to endure a long download for the software to update, but really, that's minor. The only problem I have is that our receptionist doesn't look at her phone and interrupts incoming faxes.
For best price, I suggest you have to compare at: Compare2prices.info/Kodak-ESP-C310
Thank for reading.
By WarrenD on 5 Mar 2012
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