Summary: While this Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One Printer is inexpensive, and despite the decent quality of the prints, it's worth some extra money to get a multifunction printer that works faster and adds a few bells and whistles, such as an automatic document feeder. I've been waiting a long while to test a Kodak ESP all-in-one printer. With only two inktanks, Kodak promises to keep printing costs low, which may be the highlight of the ESP 5.
Pros: Low price, Very good print quality, Low price of consumables
Cons: Inconvenient paper input/output tray, Somewhat noisy, Slow
Summary: The Kodak ESP5 is an attractive full color all-in-one printer, scanner, and copier, and casual photo enthusiasts will be happy with the watered-down editing software, but hard-core users should look elsewhere for a multifunction printer. The ESP5 is too expensive and suffers from too many mechanical deficiencies for us to give it our CNET stamp of approval.
Pros: Improved photo quality over previous model; attractive design; large 3-inch LCD screen; easy-to-use Home Center software.
Cons: Poor quality build with several mechanical errors; average print speed; graphics quality still lacks definition.
Summary: The Kodak ESP 5 is one of the sleekest multifunction printers around, its combination of gloss and matte black casing, curved front and Kodak-yellow stripe making it a welcome addition to any office or study.
Excerpt: The Kodak ESP5 is the latest multi-function printer from Kodak that offers print, copy and scanning capabilities. The multi-function devices are fast replacing the dedicated photo printers at this price range, and it is easy to see why. These all in one devices offer the most bang for your hard earned dollars. The Kodak ESP 5 features a two cartridge ink tank system, one black (MSRP $9.99) and a five color cartridge ($14.99).
Excerpt: When Kodak unveiled its latest ESP 5 all-in-one photo printer/scanner, we were impressed with the specs sheet: a sub-$200 printer with a sleek new look, an easy-to-use interface, and outrageously low operation costs. All of this makes the new Kodak sound like the perfect combination of features for casual shooters looking to do a little more with their photos than a basic desktop inkjet or drug-store photo kiosk allows.
Summary: Although there are cheaper home inkjet multifunctions, the Kodak EasyShare ESP 5 provides a decent all-round experience for its price. Its focus on print and scan quality allows for good results, particularly with photos.
Pros: Decent print quality, great scan quality, very efficient with consumables
Cons: Some software issues, vertical banding apparent in photos
Summary: This has been a long and frustrating review. The first unit was incomplete so it was replaced. The second had several paper jams and then decided ‘cannot detect edge of paper’ was it’s message of choice, so it was replaced so this is unit number three.
Summary: This printer is the latest implementation of technology that Kodak first showed in the 5000 series all-in-ones. Here’s the unbelievable bit — if your monitor is properly calibrated then every print you make will look exactly like the picture on the screen. No fiddling with mysterious parameters in Photoshop. No need to choose paper type or ICC profile or colour management — the Kodak driver doesn’t even know about these things.
Pros: The output from the printer is a revelation. The prints are sharp, accurately coloured and long lasting. Wilhelm Imaging Research says prints set new standards for longevity with permanence ratings of more than 125 years. Even prints on refrigerator doors withstand the ravages of kitchen gases better than any other. The ease of use of the ESP 5 makes all other printers seem antediluvian in their finicky and unpredictable behaviour.
Cons: There is no provision for printing on CD/DVD blanks. The setup process demands that the computer be set to “small fonts” — ridiculous! The scanner lid doesn’t work well with books.