Product Type: Kodak All in one Printer
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Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One
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Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One
Date: 15/06/09, updated on 15/06/09 (139 review reads)
Advantages: Easy of use, quality of prints, Cost of ink
Disadvantages: USB Device only works with picture files, A little slow
Well im not an expert on printers but ill give you my experience with the machine as well as its stats.
Well I bought this printer for my office at work. I needed an all in one and saw this advertised to the tv boasting its quality and the cheap ink it uses. So where shall i start with the Kodak ESP5 (easyshare printer 5)
Lets go with brand. Well its a Kodak and with Kodak you can almost ensure good quality. So since i have got it (which is only a few days) i have put it through its paces testing it with a variety of difference photos and documents.
Do I feel bad? No! Because the ink is so damn cheap, but we will come to that later.
Anyway I was quite worried to begin with due to the quality of prints. The were comming out abit blurred and the colours wern't exactly right. But after a tweak and a play with the machine i quickly realised i had the quality on draft. They do come out a little pale and not very in depth but thats what you expect but still not bad. When i changed it to best I was extremely happy with the quality. Not the best in the world but Very clear and detailed for an inkjet. The subtle changes in colour are no problem with it and on just normal bog standard A4 paper the images are clear and appealing, Which is perfect for our needs for school displays.
Next is the looks. Well iv'e never seen a better looking printer. Its shiny black exterior just looks great anywhere you put it, with a little yellow band running through the middle of the printer gives it that little bit extra (as if it needed it) and finally the colour 3" LCD screen is the cherry on top. Full Marks on the looks category.
OK now the ink. Well after Kodak's War on ink prices advertising campaign i wanted to see if the price was as good as they say. And for once and advertising company has told the truth, comming in at £15 for both cartridges (black & colour). Now then how long do they last? well i am about 1/8th through this cartridge and it has done about 50 black and white document copies and about 10 full colour prints. You can make your own mind up on that one.
The 3" LCD is just great. You can control many things like the size, detail, bightness, colour or black and white prints are just a few examples. You can also scan things without touching you computer.
If you will be using this printer to print photos then you can just plug your USB into the printer and print from there. It also has More Memory sotrage devices like PictBridge. However You can only do this with picture files and not documents. It would be better if it did offer this feature for word documents but its forgiveable.
Speed of prints are a little slow for some of our needs like printing for a class but it is ok for just the few copies, even though it will do as much as 99 at a time. Also it does take a few seconds to get going. Initially I thought that it had jammed as it takes the sheet, moves the ink across but the paper doesnt feed any further throught but if you give it 10 secs it will start and it only does it with the first sheet.
This printer also has an intelligent paper sensor that apparently senses what type of paper you are using and adjusts its printing accordingly ensuring the best quality. My needs have not yet needed this device but i can imagine it will help in the future.
The price isn't bad at all for the quality of machine you are using. The best i found was around £80. A decent price. It feels well built and i feel it will stand the test of time and dont for get you get a colour LCD screen!
The easy of use just amazes me. Press and button and it does what you want and if you want to change anything its just another press of a button and your sorted.
Overall the printer is really made for amature photograpgers and people who want to print photos but it works really well in my office. It is a great printer and am very happy withmy purchase. I am sure that anyone who will buy it will feel the same. Whether you want it for photo's, home and office use it will do its job and very well. Also the final iceing on the cake is that it will even clean itself!
A4 Inkkjet Printer
Up to 29ppm Colour Print Speed
Up to 30ppm Mono Print Speed
7.6cm (3") Colour LCD display
Memory Card Slots
100 Sheet Input Tray with Intelligent Paper Sensor
Print Quality: 8
Looks: Definate 10
Ease of use: 9
Ink Useage: 7
Summary: Very good printed. I recommend it
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