Kodak EasyShare 5500 All-in-One Printer Review

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…

Review Continued Below…

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.

 


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Comment by Thom_SoCal_HP
2009-06-11 00:35:34

Thanks Frank for your review. Frustrating that the printer becomes a “none-in-one” printer when one of the cartridges runs empty. I work for HP and can tell you that HP inkjet printers keep all functionality, even printing, when a cartridge runs dry.

Comment by jfc
2009-06-11 00:47:10

Hi Thom,

Thanks for stopping by.

I took a look at the HP L7680 printer a few months ago and I found it to be a better all-in-one unit than this one although it’s more geared toward the SOHO market than the home photography market.

 
 
Comment by Used Tires
2009-06-11 01:16:08

As far as the ink problem, it may be programed that way, so you are forced to buy a ink cartridge from the company if you need it to function.

I’ve had one of those “all-in-one” printers, and the handle to open for the scanner broke, and as a result it prevented the whole machine from working, because it kept complaining of an open scanner. Since then I’ve gone to a stand alone laser jet printer which I am very happy with.

Till then,

Jean

 
Comment by Best CSS Gallery
2009-06-11 03:37:04

Good review, Thank you. I’ve been thinking on buying this printer.

 
Comment by gas rebate cards
2009-06-11 16:16:35

Hmm that doesn’t sound right at all, you can’t scan a document if its out of ink?? Sounds like a bug to me. It is also sad that even though ink is reasonable priced, you have to buy a new cartridge, wasting the colors that are still intact… Yes I agree with you most all in one printers tend to be on the mediocre sides, like you say Jack of all trades but master of none…

 
Comment by Thom_SoCal_HP
2009-06-12 15:28:55

You’re correct JFC, the HP OfficeJet L7680 is better suited for the home / small office. If you’re looking for something geared toward home photography I’d suggest one of the HP Photosmart printers, like the C6380. Or if you’re a photography enthusiast, the HP Photosmart Pro B8850.

 
Comment by bobjones
2009-06-14 19:54:43

When I properly setup my home office I am going to avoid all-in-ones like Kodak EasyShare 5500 the idea for me would be to have a cheap laser for the rare time I need to print a business document and a good photo printer to print photos. Though a copy function can be handy - I may keep the old piece of crap allin1 for that!

 
Comment by Vacuum Cleaners
2009-06-17 04:35:46

” I found it to be rather slow as compared to Canon Pixma..” Can you explain, was it just slow in transferring to print or slow to load up?

Comment by jfc
2009-06-17 11:05:10

Hi Cleaners,

Akismet doesn’t like you for some reason so I had to retrieve your comment from there.

I was referring to the overall performance seeming slower. I didn’t do a side-by-side timed speed test since the printers weren’t in the same location. It’s simply based on my impression of how quickly the printer performed a standard print job from MS Word and Paintshop Pro.

 
 
Comment by Typhoon
2009-06-18 02:48:24

I think these all-in one printers are good for those who have an office or work at home. For basic home users these type of printers are not much important.

 
Comment by Love Poems & Quotes
2009-06-20 10:19:50

I actually have this printer at home. One thing I know is this all in one thing with Kodak is awesome. I’m considering buying one for my sister on her birthday.

 
Comment by Sarah Dramen
2009-06-25 14:17:24

It’s a shame that you’ve been disappointed with the all-in-one printers.. I love mine - it fits in my small room perfectly and does everything I need it to do. Mine is a little older now, it’s an HP and was one of the originals. Perhaps the older ones are better and the modern ones just don’t perform as well? I’m a big fan of HP though.. I’ve never tried anthing Kodak

 
Comment by Dolores Westfall
2009-07-02 13:13:11

Although I dislike the concept of all-in-ones, my space and weight limitations make it necessary. I just quit buying HP inkjets ever again. Yes, they are faster and have some nice features and cartridges are easily available. BUT HP inkjet quality has gone down the tubes. I’m so tired of repairing or junking them. And every time I change model, I have to buy different cartridges and toss any backups I had for the last model. And their ink cartridges are overpriced, expecially for the amount of ink in them. They did continue to print when one of the colors — usually yellow — ran out, but coloring everything purple or printing document pages after the black ink is gone is wasteful and irritating.

I have just purchased the Kodak, a new brand for me. Yes, it is slower but the print quality is good and the ink is more reasonably priced, though a little less easy to get. Yes, it does suddenly quit printing if ink runs out, but that’s better than continuing to print with a drained cartridge. Time will tell if the Kodak holds up to my moderate usage. If it makes a year, it will have far outlasted my last 3 junky HP inkjets! I’ll trade speed for quality any day.

 
2009-07-05 11:12:38

I think that the kodak all in one is a rip-off. Like most corporations the interest is money and not the customer. Kodak seems to be interested in selling ink cartridges which runs out of ink faster then my car runs out of gas.

 
Comment by Free Memo
2009-07-24 06:29:42

Kodak EasyShare 5500 printer deserves credit for its economical inks and focus on photo quality.Also built-in memory card slots; two host USB ports; dedicated 4×6 photo paper tray; automatic document feeder; cheap replacement ink make a good product.

 
Comment by london hotels
2009-07-24 07:58:35

Very nice reviews of kodak easyshare 5500. I have not much idea about it before I read your article. But after read your article, I thought that it’s good. Thanks for review.

 
2009-07-25 11:20:10

Kodak seems to be making everything related to printing and photos right now.

 
Comment by Simplicity Bags
2009-10-03 11:25:43

I was looking for a new all in one for my Biz, I will take a look at the Kodak one

 
Comment by Current Health News
2009-10-06 09:32:59

Okay, so I have a kodak easyshare 5500 all in one printer/scanner/fax combo. I ran out of ink so the red attention light constantly blinks to the point where I can’t even simply turn off the printer, I have to unplug it.

 
Comment by link wheels
2010-01-01 07:40:36

I have a kodak easyshare 5500 all in one printer/scanner/fax combo and it is fantastic.

 
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