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First Look: Kodak ESP C310

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First Look: Kodak ESP C310

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Stay away from the Kodak ESP C310 if you're shopping for a new all-in-one printer. Competing $100 models like the Canon MX410 or the Lexmark Impact S305 offer similar features in a tighter package.

Hey, I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for CNET.com and this is your First Look at the Kodak ESP C310 All-In-One Printer. Now, $100 seems to be the sweet spot for multifunction printers these days, but this combination printer, scanner, and copy machine falls well below the mark we would expect in this range. We're underwhelmed by its cheap build quality most of all. The compact footprint means it will fit almost anywhere but the light plastic exterior is flimsy and actually reminds us of a playschool toy. The top of the printer has a small LCD that walks you through the installation process and wireless setup, but we still prefer a competing printer by Canon, that's the Pixma MX410 because with that one, you get an automatic document feeder on top, for the same price as the Kodak, which makes it much easier to print and scan multiple photos at once. Not that you'd want to do that on this Kodak anyway since the C310 only has a dual-ink cartridge bay. If you're printing a lot of photos, you should at least be using a five-ink bay printer. That will give you the best quality and price. So, overall, we recommend staying away from this printer, the Kodak C310. You can stretch your dollar much further with other all-in-one printers at the same price that we review on CNET.com, that's including the Canon Pixma MX410, but that's gonna do it for me, I'm Justin Yu, this is the Kodak ESP C310 All-In-One Printer, see you online.

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