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A great document printer, but lacking in certain areas
Kodak ESP 1.2
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Kodak ESP 1.2
Advantages: Easy setup, very cheap to maintain
Disadvantages: Periodically noisy, not amazing print quality
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 :)
Summary: A great everyday printer for those who print frequently but do not need top-quality