Kodak claims 6ppm and 4ppm for black and colour A4 prints, respectively, but we saw a maximum of 3.8ppm for our 20-page black text print and 3.3ppm for our five-page black text and colour graphics document. These speeds are quite a bit slower than from the earlier generation of Kodak all-in-ones and are quite sluggish in comparison with similarly priced competitors.
So, how does the new four-colour print system compare with the six-ink engine in Kodak’s older all-in-ones? Doing a direct comparison with the printouts we obtained from the company’s ESP 9250 top-of-the-range all-in-one, there’s very little difference in plain paper prints.
Black text is almost indistinguishable between the two and in both cases is clean, with reasonably well-formed characters. There’s a little fuzziness caused by ink bleed, but not appreciably more than from printers that are more expensive.
Colours too, are just as bright, though possibly a little darker from the ESP C110. There’s some haloing caused by mis-registration of black text over coloured backgrounds, but copies (and scans) come out with very similar colours to originals.
Photo prints aren’t quite as well detailed, particularly in the darker tones, as those from the ESP 9250, but colours are a little more vivid, particularly noticeable in shades of red, which is an improvement over the more expensive machine.
Although, at recommended prices, this printer is marginally more expensive to run than Kodak ESP printers that use the number 10 cartridges, at typical online prices there’s little to choose between them. The number 30 black cartridge is available in standard and XL, high-yield versions, though there’s only one colour cartridge. At the best prices we could find, this gives a cost per page of 1.8p for ISO black and 4.6p for ISO colour.
These are still among the lowest costs we can find for an inkjet all-in-one and given the low purchase price of the ESP C110, make it very good value to buy and run.
It’s easy to see why the ESP C110 makes sense for Kodak, as the design is much simpler and the machine uses a more conventional design. However, with printers like the ESP 5250 available for only £10 more, customers miss out on a larger LCD display, wireless connection, neater paper handling and faster print. And that’s without even looking at rivals like Canon’s PIXMA MG5150.