updated 11:30 am EST, Tue February 6, 2007
Revolutionary Kodak Inkjet
Kodak on Tuesday hoped to make waves by introducing the EASYSHARE All-in-One range, its first-ever line of inkjets. The designs should revolutionze the typical approach to the normally costly world of inkjet printing, Kodak claims: instead of placing the printer head on the ink cartridges themselves, which drives up the cost of refilling each color tank, the heads are fixed inside the printer itself. This literally cuts the price of refilling a tank in half, according to the company. Pigment-based inks and a better placement system also help reduce wasted prints. More after the jump.
Three printers using this technology are being unveiled today. The basic 5100 prints up to 22 pages per minute in color and scans A4 letter-sized documents. In turn, the mid-range 5300 adds a 3-inch LCD for direct image editing and a memory card slot for viewing photos from a camera, while the flagship 5500 adds a 35-page feeder to streamline larger-scale copying and faxing.
All three models are compatible with both Macs and Windows PCs. Kodak hopes to ship the first two models in March for $150 and $200 respectively, while the EASYSHARE 5500 is due to launch in April for $300. Color and monochrome tank refills will sell for $15 and $10 each.