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Advent AW10 Wireless Printer Review
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Currently on sale at your local PC World or Curry's store is the Advent AW10. It is their own brand printer made by Kodak specifically for their stores.

For just £29 you get a multi-function printer (MFP) with a 1200dpi scanner, 6.1cm screen, flash card reader, and wireless network capability. The impression specification is only held back by the cheap looking black case with a red stripe. Fortunately the case is sturdier than it looks, apart from the flimsy hinge that holds up the scanner when you are fitting the cartridges.

Surprisingly print quality was good for a multi-purpose printer, with sharp text and impressive images on photographic paper; however ordinary plain paper struggled to produce vibrant colours. We were also impressed by the printing speed, with around 6 mono text pages per minute and 2.5ppm for colour.

In contrast to the AW10 printing performance, we were disappointed with the Advent 1200dpi flatbed scanner. Results were less than sharp and colours were not particularly accurate. Having said this, it is unfair to compare its performance against far more expensive printers.

The Advent AW10 uses two printer Ink cartridges, a black ABK10, and a tri colour ACLR10, both with an advertised page yield of 225 pages. Reading product reviews customers have been disappointed with the capacity and lifespan of the cartridges, and at over £30 a set, you start to appreciate that the overall cost of the Advent AW10 printer is far more than the initial purchase price of £29! OK if you are an occasional user, but not if you use a printer for college or work. If and when compatible cartridges become available or could be refilled successfully (using a chip resetter to reset smart chip), then the Advent AW10 would become a good budget buy.


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