Summary: We were honestly impressed by the quality of the prints and the ease of printing that this printer produced when printing on Kodak paper. It eliminated the stress of choosing the proper paper and the proper settings which ultimately eliminates mistakes and wasted paper and ink. We were equally impressed with the ease of use and the ease with which the printer attached to a wireless network.
Unfortunately, poor quality control and other problems plague this printer.
Summary: Kodak’s $199 ESP 7, which prints, copies, and scans, is the sleekest, most attractive all-in-one on the market. Moreover, it prints crisp photos, and the low cost per print makes it an attractive choice for budget conscious small businesses and telecommuters. If you can deal with an absent fax function and middle-of-the-road wireless speeds, you’ll get the best value when it comes to quality, design, ease of use, and cost of supplies.
Pros: Attractive design with hidden paper trays, Easy setup doesnt require any cables, Excellent photo quality, Affordable ink and low cost per print, Intuitive bundled software, Built-in duplexer,
Cons: Noisy, Wireless printing a bit slow, USB cable not included, No fax at this price,
Summary: The wireless networking capability makes this an ideal all-in-one unit for a home with a number of networked computers. We have now been able to set up the printer driver on a computer at the other end of the house and print at a distance. We like the whole system so much that we have bought one, and commendation does not come any higher.
Pros: The ESP7 uses the brilliant Kodak system of print adjustment based on bar codes printed on the backs of the different paper types and read by the printer. Output is consistently good to excellent, the variation in print quality being related to paper quality. Best results, which are outstanding, are achieved with Kodak’s Ultra Premium High Gloss paper. Prints from this unit have been rated highly for fade resistance by Wilhelm Research laboratories.
Cons: Paper handling is not always precise. We needed to tighten up the paper guides fairly often to stop the paper pulling through at an angle. And setup is finicky – read the instructions carefully and do not deviate from them one iota.
Summary: The ESP 7 tries to leap ahead of the pack by claiming to have fast print speeds and good quality photo output. Unfortunately, it falls short in most of these areas, but it is relatively cheap to run.
Pros: Cheap running cost (but expensive to buy initially), Wireless and Ethernet connectivity
Cons: Colour casting on photo prints, Slow text prints, Visible print droplets
Summary: This is the third in their range of All In One devices, reviews of the ESP3 and ESP5 can be found via the search function above. This looks a little more professional by having the screen on the front edge of the unit.