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Kodak ESP C310 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £79
inc VAT

The ESP C310 isn't perfect, and it's not the cheapest wireless MFP we've seen, but it's incredibly cheap to run. Heavy users will find it good value.


print speed, USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 173x419x313mm

The ESP C310’s other results were mixed, too. Photocopies were particularly well exposed, preserving a wide range of detail, but colour copies were far more drab than our originals. Scans were acceptably sharp and colour accuracy in captured photos was good, but we noticed bands of noise in dark regions when we scanned a document and a professional colour target. The latter also illustrated the scanner’s inability to preserve differences between shades at the lightest and darkest ends of the spectrum. Photo prints were fairly good for a four-ink device, but the driver seemed unable to persuade the printer to drop the border from 6×4″ photos, reducing the appeal of the results.

Kodak ESP C310 Screen

There’s little to choose between the ESP C310 and the AWP10 in terms of speed and quality, and the Canon PIXMA MG5150 comfortably beats both if you can live without a wireless connection. If not, laudably low running costs give the ESP C310 a clear edge over the Advent AWP10 now that the regular selling price of the latter has returned to £70.

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Basic Specifications

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Maximum native print resolution 9,600dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 6m 6s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 5m 59s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 173x419x313mm
Weight 5.4kg

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 290gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 100
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 100
Duplex (code, cost if option) No


Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, iOS and Blackberry via free app
Other inkjet features 3.8cm colour screen, automatic head alignment
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £79
Consumable parts and prices £11
Price per colour A4 page 2.8p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 335 (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 390 (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one-year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 2
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 2
Quoted photo durability 259 years
Quoted photo durability source Wilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 12s
A4 document at 150dpi 10s
A4 document at 300dpi 21s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 34s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 24s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 23s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 35s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge support No
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Max mono copy resolution 1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution 1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution N/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) N/A