Great Quality Prints !!! Low Cost!!! The Perfect Printer
I cannot say enough praise about it however. If your worried about the quality and the comparitively lower price do not be concerned. The printer prints far better quality prints in every area over my HP Photosmart which cost signifigantly more to purchase.
A high end all-in-one printer, scanner and copier
The Kodak Hero 9.1 is the costliest printer in the Hero series, but you get a true all-in-one for your money. If you're a creative home user, it will meet all your needs. Keep it for a couple of years and you'll get your money back in saved ink costs too.
Easy wireless connection
If you want your Kodak printer with extras, this machine delivers them. The touchscreen control, powered photo tray and ADF are certainly worth having, but the print quality, speed and low running costs are available from the hero 5.1, for around £70 less. And you'll need to keep your page margins wide, if you don't want either printer to reduce the page image when printing duplex.
Tons of features
I've been hard on certain Kodak printers in the past because the photo quality hasn't been up to snuff, or certain devices didn't work right, but in my humble opinion, Kodak has done a really good job on improving on past mistakes. The Kodak ESP 9250 was a good printer, and the HERO 9.1 takes it up a notch further.
Kodak Hero 9.1 has automatic duplex when required and the duplex unit does protrude beyond the main but as it does not run the whole width any cables are retained within the total footprint, so the figures given include the duplex. Printing the normal nonsensical 200 word document came in at 20PPM while the more normal 1500 word offering spread over four pages a still very respectable 17PPM, both were printed in draft mode but were crisp and sharp.
Low running costs
The Hero range replaces Kodak's entire premium multifunction inkjet line, and represents a step up in quality. The Kodak Hero 9.1 sits at the top of the range, and packs in features such as a 4.3-inch touchscreen, USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, Google Cloud Print, Kodak Email Printing and automatic Duplex.
Easy wireless connection.
Kodak has consolidated its position well with the introduction of the hero range and although this is the entry-level machine, it's well specified with duplex print, card and PictBridge sockets and a decently sized LCD. Print quality is well above average and speed is also fair, so heros look set to continue squeezing other manufacturers in the crowded consumer all-in-one marketplace.
Fixed-angle display may inhibit the view for some users.
If you're not in a rush to receive your prints, the Office Pro 6.1 makes a worthwhile sidekick with several cloud printing options, a generous 200-sheet paper input capacity, and a 35-sheet autodocument feeder for hands-free scans on the upgraded 2,400dpi scanner.
Good quality printing, copying and scanning at a low cost per page.
Itâ??s inexpensive to replace the ink cartridges in the Hero 6.1 and the cost per page is low for a printer in this class. In times like these, when itâ??s still essential to cut the bottom line, itâ??s good to find a device thatâ??s economical without skimping on quality or features.
Poor quality copies.
What sets out to be a good evolutionary update to Kodakâ??s SOHO all-in-ones is let down by the anomalies we found in its copying, and particularly duplex copying, abilities. Itâ??s possible they could be fixed by firmware updates, but as things stand, itâ??s not possible to recommend this machine.
Great mix of features.
The Kodak Office HERO 6.1 is an excellent addition to the Kodak AIO family thanks to quality prints, a great selection of features and easy to use software. We gave the Kodak HERO 9.1 an Editor's Choice Award and it's easy to see that the same thought process went into the creation of the Office HERO 6.1.
I only had one hardware problem with the Office HERO 6.1, the paper jams, but you'll have those from time to time with any inkjet AIO.
Apart from the problems, still unresolved, with one system refusing to complete the software installation, I was satisfied with the performance of the Hero 6.1. It may not be the faster unit on the market but it delivers good quality images at a reasonable speed. At the time of writing, Kodak was advertising the Hero 6.1 at a price of £149.99. Replacement cartridges are available at £12.99 for black and £14.99 for colour.
Great choice of interfaces
The Kodak ESP Office 2170 isn't without its faults. We'd prefer a larger screen and, of course, the speed is disappointing. It's a real shame that you couldn't use this MFD for urgent text jobs, as otherwise it's got the strong scanner (with great software), great choice of interfaces, and the generally versatile features set needed to make it a strong choice. For those wanting colour graphics with a little text, though, the 2170 is extremely competitive.
Good print quality on plain and photo paper
Most of the key selling points for Kodak all-in-ones over the competition are still present in the ESP Office 2170. Print quality is good, though not the best, and running costs are low. While print speeds are not as good as from the previous range, the feature set is strong, with support for both business and photo functions. Certainly one to consider.
Excellent photo/text quality
If the Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One was being marketed at homes as a budget friendly photo all-in-one printer, I'd consider giving it an Editor's Choice Award. The photo and text quality was excellent, it offers creative features and easy to use software and the lowest total ink replacement cost, a distinction that matters to consumers who don't have as high of print volumes as an office or workgroup.
Easy-to-use control panel and software
The best way to look at the Kodak ESP Office 2170 is as a photo printer that also handles basic office chores in low volumes. If nothing else, its inexpensive inks make it far cheaper to operate than most others in its class. If you're looking for a true office workhorse, however, it would be worthwhile to spend a little more money up front for a better all-around model like the Epson WorkForce 635.
Good photo results
Kid cousin to the Kodak ESP Office 6150 (and $100 less), they've got a lot in common--it's just as slow. Photos looked very good, even at letter size, with print speeds about or above average. The 2170 does offer some nice advantages, such as Kodak Perfect Page, the company's high-end scanning package, and wireless printing (including from a Blackberry). For small offices that use the printer regularly, but don't need anything particularly quickly, this is a fine unit for the price.
ADF and duplex print
If you want the confirmed running cost advantages of a Kodak inkjet all-in-one, but still want fax, photo facilities, twin paper sources, and ADF and duplex print, the ESP 9250 can supply the lot for under Â£200. You need to weigh this against the fact that this machine is not particularly quick to print and there are machines at the same price that can give marginally better print quality on plain and photo papers.
Expensive for an all-in-one
The Kodak ESP 9250 all-in-one printer is Kodak's most recent addition to its line of ESP printers. It offers an improved control panel, simplified wireless setup, advanced photo-printing features, WiFi printing from mobile phones, and an automatic document feeder and duplexer.
The ESP 9250 is worth considering if you're going to be printing large quantities of documents, where the relatively cheap ink costs will pay dividends. For light use, however, its high purchase price is hard to swallow, especially as the quality of photo printing is no match for current Canon and Epson models.
Nice looking prints
Although the EasyShare Photo Printer 350 delivers nice looking prints from correctly-exposed image files, it lacks many of the facilities that would make it more user-friendly for family photographers. There's no LCD for viewing images and no memory card slots for direct printing. Connecting the printer with a camera phone, camera or computer can be a difficult business and some devices don't seem to work with this printer at all.
Photo print speed was better, at 1.8 ppm.
Kodak continues to shine with photos prints and low ink costs, but this unit's plain-paper output is a bit on the light side. Kodak continues to shine with photos prints and low ink costs, but this unit's plain-paper output is a bit on the light side. You pay more for the machine but less for its ink, which is a reasonable trade-off--especially considering the plentiful features that accompany this MFP.
Featuring good connectivity options
The Kodak ESP 7250 isnâ??t far away from being a very strong contender. Even compared with other MFDs its features set is wide-ranging, and the multiple network options and features for wireless phones etc. are very notable, as are the dual paper trays. However, we did experience a few problems while printing, and the Kodak ESP 7250 will need some experimentation before you can get the best quality prints from it.
Good print quality.
The ESP 7250 offers print speeds up to 32 ppm in black, a 2.4 inch LCD, built-in memory card reader, built-in duplexer, and an auto-engaging photo tray. It also allows users to print photos and documents wirelessly from their Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry Smartphone or print photos from their iPhone and iPod Touch devices thanks to Kodak's new Pic Flick Application.
Good photo quality
The Kodak ESP 7250 comes at a reasonable price, has built-in wireless and optional Bluetooth, and creates very good prints. It is not the fastest of printers, however, and, like the cheaper 5250, can take a while to warm up; and an automatic document feeder would be a welcome feature. But the wireless was easy to set up and I like the separate tray for photos.
Well connected with USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi
On balance, we'd rather go for a cheaper printer, such as the non-Wi-Fi Canon MG5150 or the Wi-Fi enabled Lexmark Interact S605, and pay the difference in higher ink costs over the following year or two. Ultimately, the Kodak's print quality simply isn't good enough to justify its price tag.
The prints produced by the ESP 7250 were very good with ample amount of details and sharpness. The colors appeared naturally with smooth transitions. The reproduction of the shadowed details are alone nor proper and this is the only drawback of the printer. The color print is smooth on plain paper. The colors appear pale and are much closer to the original ones. There is some haloing around the text on the colored backgrounds. But this is only superficial.
The bottom line: Kodak's ESP 5250 multifunction printer isn't marred by the errors of its predecessors, but it still needs improvement before it can keep up with the competition. Right now, its pleasing photo quality and satisfactory output speed don't justify the $170 price tag and lack of features.
Dull colors on document graphics.
For the price (over $150), the Kodak ESP 5250 didn't perform as well as I hoped. In that price range it competes with some excellent Epson all-in-ones (including the WorkForce 610 and the cheaper NX 515 ) and even some entry-level Brother printers like the 255 CW . Photo quality is very good, print quality decent, but it's slow, takes a while to warm up, and had a number of photo-paper-related paper jams.
The Kodak ESP 3 comes with great software for editing photos and applying touch-ups to portraits, but printer software is only as good as the physical results, and the print quality isn't nearly up to current industry standards. Your money would be much better spent on alternative multifunction printers.
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