In today’s review I decided to take a look at the Kodak EasyShare 5500 All-in-One Printer. Let me begin by saying that I’ve generally been disappointed with All-in-One printer units, regardless of brand, in the lower end of the ink jet printer market. Did the Kodak EasyShare 5500 change my opinion or simply confirm it? Read on to find out…
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The Kodak EasyShare 5500 printer comes packed with features that include your basic printing, copying, faxing and scanning. It has the usual PictBridge features and USB and standard photo memory card slots. The printer supports Bluetooth connectivity as well through an extra cost adapter. The printer does duplex printing automatically. The scanner is a high definition flatbed CCD scanner which is a plus. The drivers work well with Windows Vista which is always a concern with new hardware.
The ink system for the Kodak EasyShare 5500 deserves some mention. It’s an easy, 2 cartridge, system with one black and one color cartridge although it’s a full 6 ink system. The real bonus is that these cartridges are priced quite reasonably as compared to other inkjets, costing you less than $30 for a complete refill at the full retail price, less if you find a discount. As with most printers, if you’re out of a color, you can’t print, copy or fax. And, from what I understand, if this printer is out of ink, you can’t even scan a document even though no ink is involved in the process. What’s up with that? Also, since all of the color inks are in one cartridge, this might be a potential disadvantage since you’ll be throwing away perfectly good ink sometimes.
OK, so how does the Kodak EasyShare 5500 do with printing? I found it to be rather slow as compared to Canon Pixma I usually use. I was pleased with the print quality from it though and it looked practically as good as the Pixma and other inkjets I’ve tested.
Scanning and copying with the EasyShare 5500 was also painfully slow while producing good output. One annoyance though is controlling the scanning. I found the on printer controls to be rather obtuse and difficult and the Kodak EasyShare software, which is necessary to access some features, to be rather user unfriendly. I didn’t try out the fax feature but I would suspect that it performs about the same.
The bottom line on the Kodak EasyShare 5500 All-in-One Printer is that like many other all-in-one units it’s a jack of all trades, master of none. This printer does just about everything in a mediocre fashion with the exception that the output is decent. The real negatives I see with it are the slow performance as compared to its peers, the questionable but cheap ink system and a generally unfriendly user interface. I don’t see any real pluses with this unit unless you can snag one at a great price as a refurb or closeout.