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.
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: 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.
Summary: An easy-to-use printer/scanner/copier for snapshooters and home offices.Unlike the EasyShare 5300, which we reviewed in October last year, Kodak's latest 'All-in-One' (AiO) printer, the ESP-5, doesn't have messages proclaiming you can 'Save up to 50%' on ink costs plastered on its top panel. This is probably because the price of consumables has risen since last year.