Point-and-shoot simplicity, a convenient printer and camera charger
Expensive refills, useful essentially only with Kodak's cameras, all things considered probably redundant in your life
This is a device that you get because you want to make things easier, not because you don't already have devices that do the same thing in a much more roundabout way. If you're getting it and you don't already have a Kodak EasyShare camera, you're ... Read full review
This is a device that you get because you want to make things easier, not because you don't already have devices that do the same thing in a much more roundabout way. If you're getting it and you don't already have a Kodak EasyShare camera, you're probably buying one at the same time. (Although it supports Pict-Bridge, its usefulness and the bulk of its features are designed around Kodak's propriatary system in which you stick the camera on top and press the button.)
Without even using the printer feature, it is useful as a camera dock that can recharge the camera's batteries or connect it to a computer without having to fumble for USB cords each time. As advertised, its recharging and printing features can operate independently of a computer, and in fact this stand-alone simplicity is part of its charm. For cameras that use AA batteries, it includes a rechargable battery pack insert. If you use a different kind of battery, the printer dock recharges it just fine, and you also have one more spare thing lying around that doesn't go with anything.
Out of the box, it comes with a starter pack of ten sheets of photo paper and enough ink to print on them. Additional paper and ink is sold bundled in packs of 40 prints. The tradeoff for the convenience of one-button printing is the estimated 80 cents per picture, more than twice what some mainstream inkjets run. However, the convenience of being able to stick the camera on the printer, scroll to the picture, and push the button and get a picture less than two minutes later can be worth it.
For a little bit more, Kodak also offers the "Printer Dock Plus," which adds a few extra features--basic photo touch-up, an SD card slot, and an expansion port for yet more optional extras, so your camera's accessory can have sub-accessories. However, these extras seem to me to defeat the purpose of simplicity, so I stuck with the standard dock.