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I bought this Kodak ESP 1.2 printer around three years ago for around £70. I needed quickly some printer for my Edinburgh office and to me honest this was the first one in which I bumped in in the store.
What is Kodak ESP 1.2?
This is a very stylish printer. It comes in matt black color with a orange trim (which gives the printer a interesting look). This printer is one from the all-in-one devices which has the ability to print, scan and copy. The Kodak ESP 1.2 can hold around 100 sheets of documents papers (I managed to put there around 120) or around 20 glossy photo sheets. Lets be honest - this is a KODAK device - so the main focus is on the high quality print of pictures. And it does its job excellent. The print quality of the photos is very clear and each photo takes about 35 seconds to print. The documents quality is pretty high as well, there are no marks and pale colors. The advantage of this printer is that the cartridges are not so expensive like by other printers.
The scanner is located under the top lid of the printer. It is very easy to use and scanned documents are coming out pretty clear.
The copying is the easiest task on this printer and is powered on just by pushing a button.
Would I recommend this printer?
Absolutely. This printers offers very high quality of printing and the cost of additional cartridges is quite low. Only minus is that there is only a small LCD screen and not touch screen.
Until this year, I'd not owned a printer for longer than I care to remember. My household isn't one in which we do a lot of home printing and in the past I'd always worked in an office where we were allowed to do the odd bit of personal printing if needed. However over the last five years or so, I've become a full time Mum and had to rely on using friends printer's when needed. And most of my bank statements, bills, correspondence and general paperwork now come through my in-box not my letter box and I decided it would be a good decision to invest in our own.
The main specification for our printer was that it needed to be the lowest cost to maintain. That was it. I wasn't overly happy about having to buy one at all but it had become a need, although not a want. Therefore I certainly didn't want to be shelling out a fortune on something that would only be used rarely.When we went in to the shop, that's what I told the sales assistant and he showed me this Kodak esp 1.2 printer along with another non-brand printer. After explaining I needed a printer with cheap ink, he advised me of this one. The sales assistant told me that Kodak claim to have the cheapest average print cost per page. And although it wasn't the cheapest in the shop, perhaps the second cheapest, I decided that long term that was the main thing. I bought ours in the January Sales and paid £50 for it (the non brand was about £5/£6 cheaper). I was happy with this cost as £50 was my budget, and the esp 1.2 is also multifunctional and can copy and scan too which seemed to give me more value for my money.
The packaging was impressive-nice and bright, and gives the impression you could print a picture with the same quality. And the printer itself was packed safely and was well protected. The instructions were well laid out and clear to understand and the software was easy enough to find in the box.
First things first, you need to use the power cord supplied and turn the printer on. The small screen gives you prompts which is helpful to accompany the instructions when setting up. At the same time you install the software on your computer. A key point about this printer is that it's a wi-fi printer, so it didn't need connecting with a manual cord at any point during setup. This is helpful because we don't have a PC, just a laptop in our house and therefore we don't have many PC/Computer type cords laying around. To connect the printer to your computer or laptop is all done via wi-fi. It's very quick and an easy process and only took a few minutes. The software installation is done via the supplied disc and is also a relatively quick process. Within 15 minutes the printer went from fully boxed to fully working-all good so far.
A major selling point for me with this printer was that you got a full color and a full black cartridge included with the printer. However during the set up process the test print that the process requires uses quite a large amount of ink, albeit on one page. It still seemed a bit odd to use so much. I didn't think anything of it and just happily printed out my first letter.
The printer itself is all black, this is another thing I liked about it-I'm not keen on silver. It also has very few buttons, which is always useful with a toddler in the house with a magpie like attraction to any sort of button. The buttons are simple, clearly labelled and it's very easy to use. Especially when copying, it's literally a two button process.
The quality of the scanner is good enough, I never had any trouble with it. Far from the best I have used but considering I never really use a scanner, I was happy enough with it's quality when I did need to use it. The copying process was also good, however the overall print quality depended greatly on what you were printing, so although copying was easy, the quality wasn't always great. Which was exactly the same when printing anything. I found that printing basic letters etc and only using the black ink was quite good. I was always pleased and never disappointed with it. However the colour printing was very hit and miss. The quality would again be better if more on the basic side of things for example printing a postage label that was mostly black with one or perhaps two, small area's of colour. However ask it to print a picture and you're pushing the limits. I quickly realised the printer was not only Kodak's basic model, but a printer designed for only basic printing.
However I could deal with that I suppose. Most of what I needed to print was almost always mostly black ink (letters etc) so I never really printed anything detailed in colour after that first try. The speed of printing however is painfully slow. No matter what you are printing, the speed is like watching paint dry. More than it's lack of actual colour printing ability, it was this that I found frustrating. As well as this I found it frustrating how long the printer took to come to life after being turned on and after only a few months I was quite disillusioned with the printer overall.
The really annoying time came when the cartridge needed replacing. The colour cartridge, despite being hardly used, lasted no time at all. And the black ink was almost out too so I bought both. The process of changing the ink was very quick and simple, you lift the top lid, push the old ones out, pop the new ones in and voila. I was hoping for a better experience with new cartridges-no such luck sadly. After this the printer never really worked again properly. For some unknown reason the printer started to pull the paper in at an angle, something I couldn't rectify. So at first everything printed at an angle, but over time the slant got so bad the printer wouldn't even print anything, just suck the paper in, chew it up and spit it out blank. By this time I had had it for 6 months and lost the receipt too so I couldn't even take it back for a refund.
Fast forward to now-I have a dust collecting printer which doesn't work, lasted for one ink cartridge worth of ink and cost me £50 for the pleasure. It wasn't great when it worked and the only thing I felt was really good was the price which clearly in turn, became it's downfall. I know others have had similar experiences although the majority tend to be happy with this printer. My advice? If you want a decent printer, pay decent money. And if you do buy this one, be aware it's a budget model and only operates to that standard.
Bought this Kodak printer for my daughter as a christmas present. she has her own net book and digital camera. thought it would be great for her to print her own pictures to put up in her room. it done exactly as it was meant to. not a picasso printer but done the trick for her. she loves printing out and physically having her pics, isnt of squinting at a computer hidden away for no one to see. all in all a great product, good quality prints at a good qualty price. would defo recommend to friends and family. not sure yet how easy it is to get ink and that, as still going strong there. however it being a kodak product i dont think this will be too hard. Real good quality solid images with no lines. quick and easy to install, great for amatures with little experince in installation!!
I do not have good luck with printers. In fact, they frustrate me. In the past 10 years, computers have become faster, smaller, and better in every possible way. A computer of 10 years ago running Windows 2000 would look outdated and slow today. However, printers really have not changed all that much. They still take longer than it seems they should to print. They still look the same and take up the same amount of space. I see little improvement. And after going through two Dell printers breaking on me (mind you, I do print a lot and probably used them more than most people do in years) I decided to give Kodak a try.
I had seen ads on television for the ESP printers and how you can save a lot of money spending on ink with them and decided to go with that. The box it came in was very sturdy and everything was packaged well. Setup was very easy and for once, fast. All good signs so far. I did a test print and it came out great.
Soon after buying the printer I needed to print a 23 page color and black and white document (I mentioned I do a lot of printing, right?). This came out great, and printing was reasonably quick, and I can say I was rather pleased. This went on for a while, and I thought I finally had myself a reliable and long-lasting printer. That is, until I got the warning signs that I was low on ink. I went out to the store and bought the correct replacement ink. Another thing I really like about the Kodak- replacing ink is very easy to do, just pop open the one lid and you can look DOWN at everything, as opposed to opening the back or side of most other printers. This is nice because it's much easier to look down at everything rather than leaning over and peeking in through some side compartment.
Replacing the ink itself was very easy, you just press down where indicated and pop the old cartridge out and slam the new one in. It moves around a bit, and bang, you're done...
Unfortunately this was not the case for me. After replacing the ink (mind you this is the COLOR ink cartridge) I found that I could no longer print multiple pages, and instead have been forced to print pages one at time. If I try to print two pages, the first page comes out fine, and anything after that gets blurred or comes out half blank. This has been very disappointing, especially after how well the printer worked at first. I've looked around and do not really see this anywhere in the troubleshooting suggestions that came packaged with the printer, nor have I been able to get a straight answer anywhere online. At first I thought maybe I screwed up the installation of the ink cartridge (though believe me that would be difficult to do), and tried putting it in a second time. Same problems. What is especially odd though is that, as stated above, I only replaced the color ink cartridge, yet even if I am set to do black and white prints now I have the same results of more than one page coming out blurred or not printed at all. I checked on the computer, and it says both ink cartridges are at least 75% full. It is very frustrating.
Perhaps I just ended up with a lemon product, as I have heard so many good things about these printers, and the reviews really do back it up. What's really sad is that the great thing about this printer- the cheap ink, is definitely true, ink was much cheaper than other cartridges when I picked it up at the store. If I can really recommend this product, I would do so knowing that you get some sort of warranty with it. I was foolish and didn't get one, and now I'm paying the price.
This was my main Christmas present this year. I mentions getting a printer because of wanting to print when I am at University next year without the hassle of using the University printers which are not only about 15p per page but also in another building - if I want an emergency print late at night or even if I just want a single piece of paper printing, I do not want to trek over to there.
MY main concern when buying a printer was the price of printing, being a student, I will not be able to afford high printing costs each week and therefore need a printer which is cheap to maintain in ink. KODAK advertised having the lowest average ink costs of any other major printer brand on TV, radio and online for months. I do not ever believe advertising like this so did a little of my own research; I found that the cartridges were the cheapest to buy of all brands generally and therefore I thought that this was what KODAK was claiming on their adverts without taking into consideration how many pages each cartridge can actually print which is possibly even more important than the cartridge price. For example if a cartridge costs £10 and prints just 5 sheets then a cartridge that costs £15 but prints 100 sheets will be much better value despite the initial expense. After further research I found that KODAK cartridges actually printed a large amount of sheets too, meaning that not only do they costs less but the cartridges also print more than other brands, making them amongst the cheapest printers to maintain - perfect for me!
That's enough about my scientific research, in short: KODAK printers are cheap to maintain.
The printer itself impressed me, it was the first Wi-Fi printer I have ever used and was expecting setup to be dreadful despite my capabilities in computer (I am going to university to study Computer Science after all). However it couldn't be much easier; they supply you with a CD for use with either Windows or Mac computers which has all of the necessaries software and drivers included. You install the software to your computer and your computer will then be ready to print to the printer via your network. The last step is to actuall put the printer onto your Wi-Fi network; this is simple, just use the touch button interface on the KODAK printer alongside its built-in LCD display to search for and then connect to a Wi-Fi network in the area - just like you do on a smartphone or computer. Then just enter the password and you will be ready to print!
One thing I didn't like about the setup was the calibration. To calibrate, it printed an entire A4 piece of paper which was almost 100% covered in ink. They do provide you with sample cartridges but even so I thought hat this was just a waste. Speaking of the sample cartridges, I have been using them for weeks now and they are not anywhere near empty, usually the sample cartridges are of low capacity and only get a couple of pages done before full ones are needed to replace them. It appears KODAK were nice enough to stick in full cartridges in with the printer - reducing the consumer's cost.
The capacity of the printer is great, you can stick a large wad of paper in it and it will accept it perfectly fine. I have so far been able to stick a couple of centimetres (about an inch) of paper in there and it can still print with all of that in.
When it does print, the quality is fairly good. However I have seen better. I have so far only printed documents. The quality is perfectly fine for anybody, the only way you can ever tell that it is off a bit is if you actually properly inspect the print quality which is when you will find a few jagged lines here and there. I think that this printer will be perfect for school and office work buy photos may be a little to ambitious if they need to be top-quality.
The print speed, I would say, is pretty average. It will print maybe 4 pages per minute which is very similar to all other home printers I have came across. What surprised me is that it actually does it fairly quietly which is a nice change to an Epson printer we have downstairs - if I print using the Epson, it can wake people upstairs in bed, with the KODAK, I can print just across the hall to people sleeping without them hearing. However, for some reason, starting up is far louder than the printing itself, it does like to make a lot of whizzing noises during this time. Also, if left on in its power save mode, it will periodically make these noises for about 2 seconds at a time, it isn't really much of an inconvenience but it can get annoying at night. For this reason I always ensure it is switched off if I am not to use it.
Please rate fairly, I spent far longer than expected on this review :)