As with the Canon Pixma, the C310 is actually available in two similar versions. The C310 costs £69.99 and is a multi-function printer with scanner and copier built in, along with wireless features for connecting it to a home Wi-Fi network. If you can do without the wireless option then there’s another model called the C110 that has the same basic specification but skips the wireless option and cuts the price to £59.99.
As soon as you unpack the C310 you notice the large, chunky ink cartridges, which hold out the promise of good page yields. In fact, Kodak’s black ink cartridges are the cheapest we’ve come across at just £6.99, while still offering a high yield of 335 pages. That results in an average cost of just 2.6p per page for black and white printing – a figure unmatched by any of its rivals.
Colour printing also proves to be very competitive, coming in at less than 7p per page. Our only minor complaint here is that Kodak’s combined ‘tri-colour’ cartridges could waste some ink as the entire cartridge will need to be replaced even if just one ink has run out. Even so, there’s no doubt that the C310 provides the best all-round running costs.
It’s not the fastest printer in this group, though. Its four pages per minute when printing simple black and white text documents puts it at the lower end of the speed scale, although that should still be adequate for most home users. Colour printing is closer to the average at around 3.5ppm, and photo printing was actually quite snappy, producing a 4x6in postcard print in a very respectable 48 seconds.
Print quality was also good with all our test files. In particular, the C310 exploited Kodak’s photographic expertise to produce good photo output even when using plain office paper. That makes it a good choice for people who need to produce the occasional business presentations at home, or just simple documents such as greetings cards and calendars.