The Kodak ESP C310 ships with a helpful driver CD that walks you through the installation process and includes the Kodak Home Center software. The Home Center acts as a hub for the copy, print, and scan functions. The copy feature is easy to navigate and offers a unique collage copy setting that duplicates several pictures in the same orientation as the originals. The scanning center is a little too simplified and lacks an option to scan directly to a PDF or an e-mail; both are almost an industry standard and we're disappointed to see that Kodak skip these two crucial features.
The ESP C310 neither impressed nor disappointed us with the results of its output speed tests. As you can see in the chart below, it registered roughly average speeds across the four categories of presentation, photo, graphics, and text, so we have little to complain about in terms of its print engine. Compared with the MX410, the C310 trades slower photo and text document results for faster graphics and PowerPoint presentation output.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Presentation speed||Photo speed||Graphics speed||Text speed|
The ESP C310 uses slightly different Kodak cartridges than the ESP 3 and 5 series, but we still noticed the blotchy, transparent colors and unrealistic skin tones that marred those sample images.
Color graphic prints were equally dissatisfactory, showing horrendous banding and blotches in color gradations. Skins tones also looked grainy and unrealistic, even on Kodak's best glossy 8.5-by-11-inch photo paper.
Photo prints came out the best out of all the tests, but they still had an excessive amount of yellow, producing a cloudy, oversaturated tone. Scan quality was a little better but also retained the dark compression issues we saw in the prints. The color scan produced accurate results, if a little too bright, and the overall impression was sharp and defined.
Although we had complaints about the Canon MX410's image quality, we still prefer its photo and graphic document performance to the Kodak's, especially if you want to print portraits or text with smaller fonts.
Service and support
Kodak supports the ESP C310 with a one-year manufacturer's warranty with toll-free phone and online chat tech support available every day. The Kodak Web site provides access to manuals, driver downloads, troubleshooting tips, graphic tutorials, and a list of frequently asked questions.
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