- High quality plain and photo prints
- Wireless connection as standard
- Good quality scans for class
- Large footprint when open for printing
- No PictBridge/USB socket
- Comparatively slow print
- Review Price: £79.00
- Simple, straight-through paper path
- Very low consumable prices
- Easy maintenance
- Straightforward controls
- Well integrated support software
Kodak’s new range of all-in-ones continues to grow, with the ESP C310 being pretty much a wireless version of the ESP C110 we looked at recently. However, it appears to be available only from the DSG group (Currys and PC World). It costs around £15 more than the earlier machine, so is it worth it for the wireless?
The new printer has the same fairly austere, textured, black plastic lines as its cheaper sibling, broken only by Kodak-yellow highlights along the front edge of the scanner lid and around the Start button.
The rear paper tray support comes folded down on top of the scanner lid and when raised can take up to 100 sheets of plain paper or 20 photo blanks, though not at the same time. Paper feeds through to the hinged-down front cover, which has a two-stage telescopic support set into its front edge.
The A4 flatbed scanner has no Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and its hinges don’t extend, making it awkward to scan from books. A single memory card slot takes SD and MemoryStick cards and there’s no PictBridge/USB socket. Next to the card slot is a small, blue Wi-Fi indicator.
The control panel comprises a small LCD display, set at an angle into the top panel, along with six control buttons and a navigation ring. These are all clearly laid out and very easy to understand. At the back is a single USB socket for cable connection.
If you go for the ESP C310 rather than the ESP C110, it almost has to be because of its wireless connection. This is very easy to set up, particularly if your router supports single-button WPS setup. The printer provides a wizard which handles all the searching and authentication.
The two new ink cartridges, with a more traditional arrangement of black and tri-colour inks, clip into the semi-permanent print head, once you’ve clipped that into the head carrier. That’s all there is to the physical setup of the machine.
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