Review: Kodak EasyShare All-In-One Printer


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I feel that it’s my duty to share with the world just how horrible Kodak’s EasyShare 5300 All-In-One printer really is.

Let’s just say that you get what you pay for. We purchased this printer for $99 thinking that it was a steal. With ink cartridges valued at $15 a pop and all sorts of cool USB hubs, its not difficult to believe that you’re getting a great deal. However, after attempting to print a photo on a Kodak-brand printer with Costco’s Kirkland-brand glossy paper, it came out grainy and washed out. I even tried with Kodak-brand glossy paper. Nope. No luck.  I continued to try printing photos with different settings every now and then, but they all came out the same: washed out, grainy, and unusable. The only thing this printer was good for is its built-in card reader and printing black and white text documents. Think school papers, that’s about it.

Last night was the last straw. I tried scanning photos for a DVD project and each of the photos produced horizontal lines embedded in the photo from the scanner hardware. “Uh uh,” I told myself. “I’m done.”

Check out CNET.com’s review of the printer. Users gave it a 2/5 stars while editors were generous with a 3/5 rating. Hard to believe that there are worse printers out there.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good-quality printer that quickly prints digital photos in color?

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4 Responses to “Review: Kodak EasyShare All-In-One Printer”


  1. 1 oinkinkstore January 12, 2009 at 11:42 am

    If you are looking for a decent AIO that does photos, look at the Canon Pixma MP520 or MP530 from Newegg.com.
    . Great quality, economical cartridges, and just a truly great printer. I would also recommend looking at the HP Photosmart line of printers that use the HP 02 cartridges.

    -Tim
    http://www.oinkinkstore.com
    oinkinkstore.wordpress.com

  2. 2 Cindy January 12, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hi Tim, thanks for the printer recommendations. How much do all ink cartridges (Color + B&W) cost on average for the Canon Pixma MP530?

  3. 3 oinkinkstore January 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Depends on where you get them Cindy. Suggested Retail price for the big black (text based) is around $18-$19 and each color and the small black (for graphics) is around $15 each. Of course combos make it cheaper. Remember that the Big Black (#5) is rated for around 820 pages and the colors are rated for around 650 pages each.

    Now if you get them at websites like mine or others you can find replacements (make sure the chip has been reset) for $41 for the set.

    -Tim
    http://www.oinkinkstore.com
    http://oinkinkstore.wordpress.com

  4. 4 Ink cartridges February 26, 2009 at 6:07 am

    sweet… thanks…


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