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Since Kodak started selling all-in-ones, all its machines have used the same print engine. Those devices print in five colours (two blacks) with a clear over-coat and the company has pushed the low cost of its consumables as a major sales proposition.
It's now introduced a new range, with a brand-new print engine, presumably to lower its manufacturing costs. The new printers use a more conventional four-colour process, with no over-coat, and the ESP C110 is the first to launch, at an impressively low price point.
It's a neat looking, but chunky printer, completely cased in black, apart from a thin, Kodak-yellow strip along the front edge of the scanner lid. The paper support lifts from its closed position on top of the printer, so paper is loaded at the rear and feeds out to a fold-down and pull-out front tray. If you want to load photo paper, you have to remove any plain paper in the feed tray, first.
There's a simple control panel set in front of a small, 38mm colour LCD display. This is fixed and set into the top panel, so is quite easy to see and is still big enough to show image thumbnails. The controls comprise a navigation ring and five other buttons, including a large Start button, highlighted by a yellow surround. In the front lip of the printer is a single memory card slot, which can handle SD and Memory Stick cards. There's no PictBridge socket.
At the back are sockets for low-voltage DC input – the printer comes with a black block power supply – and a single USB socket is the only form of data connection.
Setup is straightforward: just clip the two ink cartridges into the head, once you've clicked the head into its carrier in the printer. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and the accompanying AiO Home Centre software includes automated photo enhancement. There's also a cheap and cheerful technique for producing 3D prints from pairs of images, for use with red-green glasses.
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