I'm a new sign up, so go easy. I have searhced the forum for printer info, and most of it dates back a couple of years, so I thought a new thread was justified.
I'm looking for a printer for home use. I'm an amateur who is peeved at never getting to look at the photos I take, and want to feel able to print when I want, without having to take out a new mortgage. Important factors are initial price - £350 max - and ink costs. As I said, I want to feel able to print when I want to.
Welcome to the [NR] forum. This is where you get to rub shoulders with pro's who think we know it all and enthusiasts who really DO know it all (only joking), but all of us have an opinion (don't get put off by that). Where in the UK are you from?
Anyway... To business. Experience says that photo printing on anything less than decent semi/pro level printers will involve some kind of compromise that will be visible to you, if not today, then in a couple of years time.
I personally found that the danger with printing at home, is that I always ended up wishing I really did spend on that Epson R3000... even if I got worried at the damage it would do to my bank account every time it did a head cleaning cycle. ;-)
Guess what I am saying is; DON'T bother printing at home unless you want to spend decent (as in non-trivial) amounts of money or just love to experiment and don't care about the cost.
Anything bigger than A4, send to a lab. They will be cheaper than just about anything you can do at home - especially if you start experimenting or get a few "duds" along the way and who hasn't at times thrown away prints that are "not up to the vision" we started out with?
Kodak printers are OK as office all-in-ones, which means they are compromises that do several things OK, but none of them really well. They will not produce something you want to have your name on and displayed in an art museum for several hundred years, but at that price point and design, this should come as no surprise.
If all you want are scrap book prints, or something to give to family members as keepsakes, then the Kodak 'hero' range (what a terrible name), are no better (or really that much worse) than any other printer of this type. Ink costs are lower than average, but perhaps not by as much as you think, especially if the thing fades after a few years... just saying that this can happen with some brands is all...