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You have to wait for those quality prints though. From a PC, I found that each print took one minute five seconds each time to hit the deck. It’s not lightening fast considering the modest size of the prints, and slower than Simon got from the EasyShare Printer Dock Plus Series 3.
The reason for the relatively leisurely pace is that the print technology here is based on continuous-tone, thermal dye transfer – this means that colours are put down in layers along with a special laminate coating providing the protection. As a result, the paper comes out of the printer and then gets sucked in again three times before the final picture emerges.
When it comes to replacing the photo pack you get a cartridge and exactly the amount of paper for that cartridge in one box. This is again proof of the keep-it-simple Kodak approach and also makes it very easy to work out printing costs. At £39.99, the 200 print pack is the best value and comes in at 19.9p per print, which isn’t bad, though that compares to inkjets printing an A4 sheet – not a measly 6 x 4in.
As for the price of the printer itself, at the RRP of £129 it’s reasonable but finding it online for only £93 makes it even more attractive. However, compared to the Series 3, its main sell is its portability, so if you don’t need that I’d go for that instead with its extra benefits of Wireless support.
If portability is key though, the G600 is a very cute little device. It’s breathtakingly easy to set-up and use, relatively cheap to run and makes printing very easy. It was all I could do to stop myself easting up my paper by popping off prints of pictures left, right and centre.
It’s best paired with a Kodak camera, it’s a little slow and you have to be satisfied with 6 x 4in prints, but as long as you are happy with all of those, this is a fun, feisty, and very portable printer that produces excellent quality prints with reasonable running costs.
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