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The Kodak Easyshare 500 – High Quality Photos and Easy Image Input

The Kodak Easyshare 500 is a photo printer designed to make quick, high quality photo printing easy. The Easyshare 500 can take input from a wide variety of sources, including USB drives, PictBridge-enabled cameras, and a range of memory cards. The Easyshare 500 is a dye sublimation printer, meaning the dye is rolled onto the paper in three coatings follow by a clear, protective coat. This type of printer creates the high quality photo prints you’d get from a commercial printing center, rather than the cheap inkjet prints most printers produce which fade quickly.

Main Features

One of the most notable features of the Kodak Easyshare 500 is the large 3.5-inch LCD screen, which not only allows you to view the picture you’re about to print but also gives you editing options such as cropping and zooming. Rather than being a small panel like the LCD screens on the top of most printers, this screen folds up on top of the printer almost like a laptop screen. It then folds away when not in use.

Although 3.5 inches may seem too small to see any real detail in your photos before you print them, that’s not the main purpose of the screen. If you want photographic perfection, you can edit the photos on a computer in detail before printing. The screen on the printer simply lets you identify the photo you want to print directly from your camera, and gives you the ability to make adjustments so that the photo is "framed" just right.

This printer requires you to buy kits for prints. Many consumers find this annoying and think it’s a rip-off, but in actual fact, buying larger numbers of prints at once reduces the cost of each print overall. Each kit includes the right amount of film and paper to print however many photos (kits of 40, 80 and 160 prints are available).

Consumer Response

One of the biggest criticisms of Kodak in general is poor customer service when it comes to printers that don’t work. Some consumers have had problems with the Easyshare 500 right out of the box, and have been told by Kodak that the repairs or replacement will be at the customer’s expense. So you run the risk of getting a dud machine and then being expected to pay for a replacement – which may also be a dud. This is the main reason there’s a fair bit of negativity about this product. As with several of Kodak’s other printers, the paper feeding mechanism on the Easyshare 500 seems to be the culprit behind many malfunctioning machines.

Apart from that, when the Easyshare 500 does its job properly it performs all the functions it claims. The biggest pros for regular users are the variety of ways of getting photos into the printer, and the fact that it’s so easy to keep track of your cost-per-print (due to the fact that you’re buying kits and your ink and paper run out at the same time).

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