Product Type: Kodak All in one Printer
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Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One
Member Name: F1Princess
Kodak ESP 5 All-in-One
Advantages: quick and good quality printing , cheap ink cartridges
When it comes to printing my family is far from mimicking your local staples, firing sheets of A4 out quicker Google can change its homepage logo however our printer is one of those things that will not be used for a few weeks then suddenly everyone wants a piece of it. It was on one of these manic everyone wants a printout days that our old printer decided he had served us long enough and without so much as a inky splodge, passed away.
I popped over to my local comet and asked to see the Kodak printers I had heard good things about the cost of their ink and as we all know how expensive printer ink is thought this would be the best avenue to venture down. I will admit I didn't browse for long after spotting the ESP5 all in one I concluded that it seemed good quality and at a good price of around £60-70 and we really needed a printer.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The Kodak ESP5 all in one is a printer, scanner and copier it is black with Kodak yellow trimmings. It stands at about 18cm high with width and depth of 40cm x 30cm and is a front loading and exiting printer. The top of this Kodak has a small flip up 3" screen. There is a selection of easy use buttons situated near the screen which allows you to use the Kodak without having to have it connected to a computer which is always handy. Obviously like most all in one printers the top of the printer lifts to reveal the scanner/copier.
The front of this printer is adorned with a multitude of slots for all your memory devices these are:
* Memory Stick
* Compact Flash
* XD Card
* SD and SDHC Card
* MultiMedia Card
* Memory Stick PRO
All of the above can be used to connect your photos straight to the small screen where you can rotate change between black and white or colour, print or just send straight to your connected PC.
*+*+* USE *+*+*
Use of the printer is very simple whether it is connected to a computer or not my entire family feel confident using it. The buttons are easy to understand and the screen provides easy to follow instructions for anyone not too sure. Printing in itself is reasonably quick compared to my experiences with other printers. However there is no wi-fi on this specific printer so it does have to be connected but we keep it turned off and just plug in the USB when needed, I mean it doesn't hurt anyone in our house to get up off their bums and move once in a while. Switching between A4 and 6x4 prints is simple enough for even my Dad to complete which means with my dads computer knowledge it must be easy.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I couldn't recommend this printer enough it does everything you could wish for from a printer and more. It's simple and quick to connect making sure you are up and printing in no time. I have found that it is just as simple to print 6x4 photographs as it is normal A4 documents and it so simple to use the whole family can print away. I will be honest I get majority of my digital prints printed online and sent to me however the Kodak is used if we need a print for a family member or if we just need 1 print for a frame or present at short notice, for this I do not notice excessive use of the ink.
The only small problem I have found is that when I get low on paper the roller seems to take the last two sheets together but this is only when short on paper and to be honest we usually keep it pretty well stocked so I have only seen this a handful of times. It is when it comes to the all important ink that this and all the other Kodak printers excel. Cartridges cost around £7 for black and £11 for colour making them over half price on some other well known brands, they are quite often on offer as well so a bargain is always close. Personally I feel the cartridges don't last quite as long as some of our previous printers but this could be down to the fact that in the back of my head I know it's cheaper to print and I don't worry about printing that extra copy or photo, but in the long run it is defiantly still cheaper so for me and my family this is perfect.
This printer is ideal for a family home like ours it fulfils all our needs and at a fraction of the cost compared to some of our old printers...what more could you ask for.
Summary: the ideal home printer
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