Kodak's New All In One Inkjets: Worth It?
A few years ago Kodak introduced a few of their new All-in-One (AiO) inkjet printers. Their focus was that not only could their printers do multiple functions such as scan and copy, but also use less ink and provide fantastic printing. However, many customers were less than satisfied with what they got. People complained about poor printing quality, vague instructions, and the strange absence of what seemed like sensible functions.
Now, Kodak has unveiled their newest All-in-One printers, the 5250 and 3250. The question now is: do they deliver?
Kodak ink has indeed managed to maintain its status as having the lowest ink cartridge prices in the industry. Where an average cartridge can cost as much as $40, a Kodak cartridge costs at most $15. Color cartridges are $15 whereas black cartridges are just $10. Such low prices are a big incentive for many people who tire of paying a lot of money for a little cartridge.
The printers are very sleek and streamlined with multiple functions of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. They offer an LCD screen and a small number of buttons in order to keep printing as efficient as possible for people. They print around 30 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 29 pages per minute in color. Considering how inkjet printers used to fall behind in terms of ppm compared to laser printers, the Kodak printers are quite fast. In fact, inkjets aren't as slow as they used to be - not by a long shot. Kodak has made sure to take advantage of that technology.
The printers also have an "intelligent paper tray." It adjusts itself based upon the size and weight of the paper you insert into the printer. The printers can also be wireless if you so choose, which saves you on cables - especially if you want to share the printer with other computers in the house. They have memory slots as well, which allow you to skip the computer altogether and go straight to printing.
Kodak boasts about "lab-quality" photos. In a word, they are supposed to be very good. A great way to see a printout yourself is to go to a retailer that sells the printers and request them to print a test page. A reputable retailer will do this for you, which allows you to get a solid idea of what you might be buying.
While everything sounds fantastic, considering the problems past Kodak printers and printer ink have had, it may be a good idea to wait and read a few real reviews by consumers before making a final decision. You can watch the printer in action at the store, but you won't be able to tell their long term functions in 10 minutes - such as broken printer heads or how long the ink lasts. These new models were made public in September, 2009, so your best bet is to give them a little time and see how they do out in the wild. If Kodak indeed addressed their past problems, then their AiO printers could very well be worth it.