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The Most Valuable Kodak Printer You May Not of Heard Of
February 27, 2016
Back a few years now, we spent a lot of time researching and writing about Kodak printers which got to be pretty popular for those who wanted to save money on ink without going to the point of buying non-OEM consumables. The printers were a little more expensive on the front end, but the ink, at the time, was among the least expensive on the market. We noted on many occasions that having a two-cartridge ink system with one black and one tricolor (cyan, magenta, and yellow in one) was not a savings vehicle, given the fact that when one of the three colors runs out, you have replace the whole cartridge to continue printing.
Fast forward to the middle of last year, and Funai Electric who is the worldwide licensee for Kodak consumer and SOHO printers released the Verite 55. It is a 3-in-1 printer with the ability to print, scan, and copy from its fairly compact design. It has a maximum footprint of 17.7" x 18.5" x 10.3" when printing and weighs a mere 8 lbs. The print speeds on the device top out at 10.0 ISO ppm for black only pages, and 4.2 ISO ppm for color prints. The interface is pretty straightforward with a monochrome LCD touch screen interface to navigate machine menus and functions.
Upon first look at the unit’s minimal price, you may not expect much by way of features. If you took a moment to look further however, you likely would be fairly impressed. For starters, it offers not only USB and wireless connectivity, but also support for a bunch of mobile printing methods too. These include full compatibility with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print as well as the native Kodak Verite print app available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. Last, but certainly not least, the unit also features NFC (tap and print) connectivity for Android users with compatible devices. That functionality alone distinguishes it from many entry-level inkjet printers.
Paper handling on the Verite 55 is roughly what you would expect for a printer with a rear loading paper tray. It can hold up to 60 sheets of either letter or legal-sized paper at one time, up to 15 cards, 5 envelopes, or up to 15 sheets of standard 4 x6 photo paper. Automatic two-sided printing is not supported on the device, but that is in line with other similarly-priced printers available on the market today.
Once again, one of the big attractions to consumers with the Verite 55 is the low-priced ink like that found in earlier Kodak printer models. In fact, Funai has taken it a step farther by including what the company considers to be $50 worth of ink. Reading the fine print, it is really only $35 of actual value based on MSRP, but the value is based on their calculated CPP (cost/page) of other units on the market priced under $199. The included ink is the high yield version of the two-cartridge ink system (400 black pages, 360 color pages). When replacing the initial ink supply, users have the option of a standard yield (200 black, 180 color), the XL cartridges, or extra high yield (XXL) cartridges that are rated for up to 600 black pages and 500 color pages.
For those that are interested, the product appears to be sold exclusively through brick-and-mortar Walmart stores and Walmart.com. Currently the retailer has it priced at $59.47, which is $20 off the standard price of close to $80.