The much-anticipated (because much-ballyhooed) all-in-one inkjet printer from Kodak turned out to be a disappointing letdown when tested against similar offerings from HP, Epson and Canon.
PopPhoto.com tested all four printers in the magazineâ€™s million-dollar facility (not that its price mattered, but the method does) and the results debunk Kodakâ€™s claim of 10Â¢ 4 x 6-inch lab quality prints.
The $200 Kodak EasyShare 5300 all-in-one printer churns out washed-out draft quality prints if you try to economize using their 3-star paper. To get lab quality prints, the printer requires more expensive paper and more ink, jacking up the actual cost to more than 35Â¢ per print, more in line with the other printers.
We wished Kodak succeeded in this one, but they appear to have blown it instead. Back to the drawing board, Kodak? Or maybe Memjet can stop boasting about their pagewidth printheads and go right ahead producing what they promise to be fast printers with affordable inks?