Kodak as a company is one of the founding fathers of photography, but for a while seemed to have lost its way in the transition from film to digital. In recent years though, it seems to have regained direction. Rather than go for the high-end camera market, Kodak focuses on making digital photography easy, which for the less technologically inclined it still isn’t.
The EasyShare G600 printer dock is a great example of this philosophy. Similar to the EasyShare Series 3 Printer we reviewed at the beginning of the year, it lacks that models Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, but instead adds a large battery pack and a carry handle, with an clear eye on portability. The weight comes in a 1.1Kg, which isn’t insubstantial, but it’s still very practical to put in a bag and go.
It’s not too hard to see the appeal of this – snap away at say, a children’s party, and you can send all the kids home with a picture of themselves, all without having to worry about cables for camera or PC. Of course, this works best if you have a compatible Kodak camera to place onto the connector at the top of the dock. However, even if you don’t have a Kodak camera, you’re not left out of the printing party – the dock is PictBrige compatible so you can connect up, (via the USB port of the left hand side) to any compatible camera from another manufacturer. Alternatively, you can just hook up to your PC via USB and print from there.
The printer is a squarish looking device, with the aforementioned Kodak camera dock area on the top. In front of this are four buttons, used for browsing and selecting pictures from a Kodak camera seated on the dock. For a PictBridge device, you would use that device. In front of these buttons is the handle, which simply pulls outward. To the right of the camera dock area is the large power switch which glows green when plugged into the mains, orange when powered by the battery, and flashes green when the battery pack is connected and charging. The dock will also recharge the battery of any compatible Kodak camera affixed to the dock.
Connecting the battery could hardly be easier – the panel at the rear just pops off and the battery clips on. The battery is a rather chunky affair, though it needs to be to get through the 65 sheets of paper that Kodak claims it can print. Also at the rear are the power supply connector and the USB uplink port.