Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-in-One review: Kodak Easyshare 5300 All-in-One

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The Good Simple installation. Good value printing.

The Bad Can't edit or crop photos from the control panel. Photo printing is four-ink, not six-ink. Twitchy print head installation.

The Bottom Line It's not surprising that Kodak's foray into cheap AIO printing does its best work with photos. We just wish it did better with text.

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7.5 Overall

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While Kodak has a long and historic association with the printed image, as a company it's historically only really dabbled in PC-connected printers, usually with a strict photo-centric outlook. That's not that surprising for a camera company, when you think about it.

The Easyshare 5300 AIO represents a departure for the company, then. While it will certainly handle photo printing, as you'd expect, it's also a fully featured AIO printer of documents, scanner of documents and copier of (you guessed it) documents. And other things during drunk home office parties, but we'll leave that bit up to your imagination.

Speaking of imagination, however, the one striking thing about the 5300, especially as it's a Kodak product, is how essentially plain it looks. It's as though there was a committee of Kodak designers who were told to design an AIO printer. They did so, went back, and were told to make it look more, well, printery. The end result is a very generic AIO unit. That's not a bad thing per se, but given how swish many Kodak products look, the 5300 just seems rather plain and ordinary.

Installation of the 5300 involves the usual routine of unsticking seemingly hundreds of those tiny bits of plastic tape (in the 5300's case, they're bright orange), installing the print head and printer cartridges and printing a calibration page, which must then be scanned. We initially had some trouble getting the printer to accept that we had in fact installed the print head as advised; we're still not entirely sure why it finally accepted that we had.

The 5300 uses a simplified ink system -- only two tanks are ever required -- one smaller black cartridge, and one truly colossal colour/photo unit. This does give the unit simplicity, but at the obvious cost that if you run out of, say, blue, you've got to replace all the colours simultaneously.

It features a three-inch colour display on the right hand side of the top of the printer, memory card slots and the option to add Bluetooth printing via an adaptor. The display can be used for very simple non-PC photo editing from external memory sources.

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