Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Kodak's launch of its first all-in-one machines last year was aimed pretty directly at the SOHO market. Both the EasyShare 5100 and EasyShare 5300 printers felt more business-oriented than they did home products. In contrast, the ESP 3 and now the ESP 5 are more obviously aimed at the home and family customer.

The ESP 5 looks very much like its less expensive sibling, with the most obvious difference being the 76mm LCD display behind the control panel on the right-hand side of the top panel. In other respects, this gloss and textured black machine is remarkably similar to the ESP 3, with the same concave front panel and fold-down and pull-out paper tray.

The tray serves both to feed paper and to receive printed pages, which end up lying on top of the paper pile being fed in. To change from A4 pages to 15 x 10cm photo blanks, you have to remove the A4 sheets from the machine first, which is fiddly.

Set into the front of the ESP 5 are twin memory card slots that between them take all the common card types. There's also a PictBridge socket at the bottom for direct camera connection. Controls on the top panel include buttons to start and stop a job, call up the menu and increase or decrease the zoom level.

For navigating menus, which are shown on the LCD display, there's a four-way button square with an OK button in the centre. In some ways, this isn't as easy as using the ESP 3, which has dedicated buttons for scanning and copying. Here you have to select functions like this from a menu. At the back is a single USB socket and another for the external, black-block power supply, providing low-voltage, DC power.

Lift the main scanner section of the ESP 5 and you have access to the print head carrier, into which you clip the lifetime print heads. The two ink cartridges, one containing pigmented black ink and the other, four dye-based colours and a clear gloss enhancer, clip into the print head.

Software comprises Kodak's EasyShare software and the AiO Home Center, which between them handle all the standard functions you're likely to need for this type of printer.

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