Pros Point-and-shoot simplicity, a convenient printer and camera charger
Cons Expensive refills, useful essentially only with Kodak's cameras, all things considered probably redundant in your life
Summary 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.
Pros convenient; pictures are great
Cons expensive; doesn't last long
Summary I was very pleased with the camera and the printing dock. I was a little shocked with how expensive the ink and paper cost and you have to use it because nothing else works with the printer dock. I didn't take very many pictures, so I figured the price would be okay. I bought the printer dock and camera in January 2005 and the printer dock doesn't work anymore only after seven months of owning and hardly using it. The camera is still working and is a great, and I am now using the printing dock as a very expensive battery charger.
Pros Low cost; when it works, photos look fine.
Cons A cheap plastic brick that falls apart if you breathe on it. Expensive prints.
Summary About a month into using this printer, it has printed about 20 prints total. The "Send to Computer" button has now fallen into the chassis of this printer. This is the only button that I really need to work. I purchased this as a gift for my wife who wanted a simple way to get pics into the computer. I unscrewed the printer top from the bottom and was able to realign the button on the LED and pop the button board back into place. Now the printer is acting squirly. Has a toy-like feel and does not have good diagnostics when things go wrong.
Pros Easy hookup from my Olympus pictbridge enabled camera. Great Travel Item. Crystal Clear pictures.
Cons Ink and paper is a little on the expensive side.