My trusty old printer had finally conked out after about 12 years when a friend offered me their hardly used Kodak ESP 3 all-in-one printer so needless to say I was delighted .It cost about £75 brand new several years ago which seems rather expensive now. However, at the time it was a relatively new concept to be able to print, scan and photocopy so the price reflecte this. Nowadays, a similar device can be picked up for half the price, however this machine was still impressive...
This is a smart-looking device which will compliment any office or living space. It's a mediumsized, rectangular shaped, glossy black device with fold-away compartments which means it can be store neatly and still look attractive whilst not in use. One thing I found particularly useful was the fact that it has a small 'arm' which holds the lid of the printer up whilst changing ink cartridges or peering inside for any reason. Small buttons to operate the features blend in easily so do not distract from the smart appearance.
**Ease of use/features**
As with any new technology, I was a little concerned how easy it would be to both set up and use. I needn't have worried though as by simply inserting a disc into the computer and following instructions, the set up is done automatically. Printing is straightforward, and the document comes out at a good speed and surprisingly quietly - I was previously used to a lot of clunking every time something was printed. The copying facility is so handy. There is an led screen on the printer displaying the number of copies required which can be increased/decreased at the touch of a button. There is also a button to choose between a colour copy or black and white copy. This facility really couldn't be simpler to use, even for a bit of a technophobe! I have to be honest and say that I haven't actually used the scanner but knowing that the faciulity is there is good. The downloadable disc supplied with the printer also dowmnloads full, clear and concise instructions as to how to use all facilities too, so this is a good beginners guide or good t use to check you're doing it right!
The only slight downfall I can think of is the length of the lead used to connect the printer to the computer. Luckily for me my printer is right next to a plug socket and my laptop can obviously go anywhere, but if the printer was located any distance from a socket an extension would need to be used.
One of the most important factors is the quality of the printouts, both text documents and photographs. I like to print out photos of the kids and dog to frame, so it's important to me that these come out at a high standard, and they did. I was impressed at how clear and crisp the images were and the colours looked bright and strong. Similarly, text documents looked so crisp and photocopies looked just as clear as the original - I really couldn't fault the quality.
I'd never had a Kodak printer before but the brand is well-known for having a good reputation so I was pleased that this was lived up to.
Ink cartridges are notoriously expensive. Having been given the printer it was the only thing I needed to pat for. I was however half expecting it to be cheaper to just buy a new printer that came with the inks included! Another pleasant surprise came here. The device takes 2 ink cartridges - a colour cartridge and a black cartridge. The cartridges cost me £10 each for the original Kodak inks. Cheaper cartridges are available which claim to be compatible with this machine but I wanted to be sure ity would work 100% correctly. £10 each in comparison to what I used to pay is a good deal.
The one major drawback is the fact that the colour cartridge uses all the colours other than black, and needs replacing if just one of the colours runs out. For example, if you print documents out that use mainly yellow and no other colours, the whole cartridge will need to be replaced even if it's only the yellow ink that has run out and all the others are full! This isn't optional either as the printer won't work at all unless both cartridges have sufficient ink in them, regardless of what colour the document being printed is.
**After sales care**-
Unfortunately, I don't use this printer anymore as the laser head needed replacing which would have cost £35. At this point I did actually buy a new printer. I must say though that the staff at Kodak were fantastically helpful despite the fact that the printer was no longer under warranty. They talked me through the printer in order to try and diagnose the problem and then even offere me 40% off a new Kodak printer as mine was expensive to fix. I didn't take them up on the offer as I fancied trying a different brand, but I was very impressed that the offer had been made.
Well done Kodak
We were given this by someone last year. We have had nothing but problems with it.
Given the choice I would never buy this printer again!
The problems we have had with this have ranged from issues loading the paper, paper jamming, paper being shredded and scrunched up, printing half on one page half ont he next, not printing at all, saying there is no ink left when there actually is printing in one colour (blue seems the favourite !), not receiving the documents from the computer when there is no error with the computer, ink blobs on the printed work, smudges on work etc
All in all we personally have found this printer to be more problem than it is worth.
We find the ink exensive compared to other brands of ink, the printer/scanner/photocopier itsels is very large and buly as well> It takes up loads of room on our shelves, and weighs a lot, which is a real nuisance when you ahve to keep picking it up to check leads and sort issues with it.
THere are, in my opinion, far more economical, easier to use, and smaller and lighter all in one's available,
Our printer is a mere 3 years old and no longer works at all. We are looking for a new one, and will NOT look at this particular one again.
I would defnatly recommend you look at something smaller, more economical and cheapr to be honest.
I had high hopes for this Kodak printer, as I had liked Kodak's cameras, enjoyed using its photo paper, but the printer... not so much. Unfortunately, I can only speak from a critical point of view on this product of which I had piled so much expectation on, seeing as it is from such a professional electronics company. Some background information: I bought this Kodak ESP 3 All in One Printer a few years ago when my old printer finally broke down for a little over £100. Of course, this seems like quite a lot of money to pay for a printer, scanner and photocopier but two to three years ago, it was reasonably priced for a printer of those functionalities. However, this was a bad decision on my part, as I found this quite inadequate. Here are my views on several aspects of this printer:
In buying this printer, I was looking for something that could print nice quality photos and pictures so I did not have to get them developed for more than double the price. And, being a Kodak printer, I expected the image quality to be more than adequate... however, it was not. The pictures came out, hardly in high definition and slightly pixelated in areas, which I was very displeased about; sometimes the pictures came out in splotchy areas of ink, and sometimes there were pink streaks across the page, which marred the image effect completely. I am not saying that the image quality is totally bad, so pixelated like it is from the 20th century- however, it is far worse than I would have expected from any modern inkjet printer. I found that I much preferred to print pictures using my laser printer, even though it was only capable of doing black and white.
FUNCTIONALITY AND CAPABILITY:
The layout of how to use this printer is simple enough- you just slot the paper in the slot and the printed paper comes out at the same slot. It is extraordinary to think that though this printer cannot even provide me with a decent quality print, it is capable of regularly "eating" my paper. By this, I mean that it sucks up multiple sheets of paper at a time, and causes a paper jam, which is very inconvenient. Also, sometimes it only prints out half of my picture, which is a complete waste of both paper and ink. The scanner, I find, scans the pictures in poor quality, taking more notice of the minute creases in the paper than the actual content on the sheet; the photocopier behaves in much the same way.
Printer cartridges for most printers are never cheap I know, and these are sold at the local PC World for around £30 for a pack of two if you are lucky- of which I would be happy to pay if it was worth it. It's not. One cartridge lasts less than a month and I have known this cartridge to run out after one day, yes, one single day of slightly intensive usage. What a waste of money for hardly a good result!
IN CONCLUSION... :
I feel very let down with this printer and would definitely NOT recommend it... however, I will give it two stars instead of one merely because of the fact that it still works to this day and hasn't broken down yet.
I don't know whether it's me, but I seem to have a difficult relationship with Kodak printers, and this printer is no exception. For the first few months after buying it, it seemed to have a mind of its own. The printer would only print about half of what I sent to print, and then refuse to print the rest. The same thing happened when I tried to scan some photos in - the first time it worked beautifully, and the second time it just wasn't happening!
The printer is pretty noisy as printers go, and it seems to take a while to get started after you've clicked 'print'. Also, the colour cartridges need changing on a fairly frequent basis which is always a pain.
On the up side, when it does work it does the job well! It scans photos very clearly and the print is good quality. I don't think I would recommend this product, however, mainly because of the sheer nuisance it is when it decides not to work!
My mother in law bought this printer in January to use at our house as we had a baby in August. The main selling point of this printer is the price of the ink which is outstanding. We have printed a lot of photos in the last few months and only had to replace the black once and the colour twice. As the ink is so cheap this is by far the most economical choice we could have made.
The Kodak brand is one that my wife and I are happy with as our current camera is made by Kodak and we have previously owned a standard photo size printer from Kodak (which was outstanding). The ESP 3 hasn't let down our expectations.
The scan and photocopy functions work very well. Photocopies are clear and of a decent quality. My Nan had a large collection of photos on display in her lounge but could not find the negatives of any of them so we volunteered to scan them all to create backups. The software provided was very easy to use and created good quality images. In the cases where some photos had faded the Kodak easy touch software bought a lot of quality back to the images very easily.
On the down side it can be quite noisy and probably would not be suitable for business use But for a family printer it is outstanding.
I recently was trying to get hold of some ink for this printer at short notice but it was incredibly difficult. None of the local shops sell it and neither of the larger supermarkets close by (morrisons and asda) stock it either. I had to catch a bus to Plymouth (about an hour on the bus costing around six pounds) to get hold of the ink. Still good if you can buy online but for some unknown reason many shops do not stock kodak ink.
We are still using this printer and it hasn't let us down. I recently decided to try some non-branded ink that was available on Ebay for about half the price of the Kodak ink but it was no good so we ended up having to buy the Kodak ink which is still very reasonable.
This all-in-one printer is a little difficult to rate. It is useful for your normal home activities. As soon as you need it more often than once a week, it starts to annoy. It is certainly not the most expensive all in one machine on the market but it is not the cheapest either. I would have expected a little more.
Printer/Copy function: The normal paper print/copy is fine in quality, not overwhelming. The unbelievable noise that it makes when pulling in the paper, really makes it difficult to not throw out of the window. Please ensure all doors and windows are shut to not wake the neighbours. The paper is even difficult to put into the designated slot. You have a 50/50 chance of the machine accepting the paper or throwing back out.
Scan function: works perfectly without any issues.
Photo printing function: works ok as long as you do not expect outstanding photographic quality. The add on software allows you to turn your picture into a better quality etc. Unfortunately the results on the screen do not translate into results on photo paper.
But hey, in the end this is not an office printer. I doubt that it has been designed for high useage. It does do the odd jobs and to an acceptable standard.
I was drawn to this printer thanks to Kodaks claims of much cheaper printing than any other make of printer. The printer itself cost me only £50 when I bought it as it was on a special deal, and came with a full set of ink cartridges included in the box - unusual as most normally only come with tester cartridges.
Installation of software was easy and quick, and I immediately used it to print out some word documents as well as photos. The photos are excellent quality and I am more than happy with them. Excluding the cost of the printer, kodak estimate the cost of each photo to be roughly 7p when you buy the photo packs (ink and paper) and I am more than happy with this too, I think its excellent value for money as I don't always print out many photos and its really handy to have a good quality printer to hand when I do need one or two.
I have had some trouble with the software more recently, the update would not install on my laptop and took me a few hours to fix, however this is the only problem I've had in a year so I can't really complain. I've only had to buy about four of each ink in this year, and I have been printing quite a lot of standard word documents, as well as printing about 200 photos for a friends photo album.
Overall I think the initial outlay is worth it, I would definitely buy this printer at £70 if I had to purchase a new one now, the low cost of the ink definitely makes it worth while spending that bit more on the printer in the first place.