The low-cost high-quality printers that Kodak promised last February are starting to come out. The EasyShare 5100 and 5300 all-in-one Kodak printers are now available in Best Buy locations throughout the United States.
These all-in-ones offer printing, scanning and copying functions. Kodak says the new printers use Kodacolor Technology, a combination of pigment-based inks, microporous photo papers, “color and image science,” and the MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) print head, to provide a high-quality printing platform for home users.
Kodak EasyShare 5100 All-in-One Printer
The $150 5100 model can print up to 32 pages per minute in black and 22 ppm in color and can support PC-free photo printing from USB drives, as well as PictBridge technology, which allows users to print directly from their digital cameras without having to use a computer. It also has Bluetooth wireless connectivity and allows two-sided document printing.
Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One Printer
The $200 5300 model from Kodak includes all the features that the 5100 has and adds a 3-inch color LCD display that allows users to view and crop photos directly from the printer. The 5300 also includes memory card slots that allow users to print digital photos without a PC.
A third model, the $300 5500 printer, which will come out in May, includes all the capabilities of the 5100 and 5300 and adds fax functionality, a 2.4-inch color LCD display, an automatic document feeder and a duplexer attachment.