Product Type: Kodak All in one Printer
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A great all-rounder
Kodak ESP 3 All-in-One
Member Name: kathboo
Kodak ESP 3 All-in-One
Advantages: Looks smart, quiet, great quality
Disadvantages: Ink cartridge replacement
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
Summary: Another good Kodak product