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Kodak ESP 7 Inkjet All-in-One review

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As we mentioned in our recent review of the Kodak ESP 9, all of Kodak's inkjet all-in-ones since it first entered the market have been based around the same print engine. That's true of the ESP 7, too, which is basically a cut-down version of the top of the range machine, without the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) the touch-screen control panel and fax.

This is a smart, good-looking machine, decked out in frosted and high gloss black. The scanner's top cover has smoothly rounded side edges and a simple pattern of inset squares in its lid.

The control panel swings out from the front and, although it doesn't have a touch panel, it does have the same size 76mm colour display. Here, though, it's an LCD panel, rather than the brighter OLED in the more expensive machine.

The arrangement of twin paper trays, one taking 100 sheets of plain paper up to A4 and the other taking up to 40 sheets of photo paper, is identical to the ESP 9's and works just as well, with automatic loading of photo paper when you request a photo print. At the back are sockets for USB 2.0 and Ethernet and the machine also has Wi-Fi built-in, which is unusual in a machine at this price.

Installation involves plugging in the two cartridges, one black and the other five-ink, including photo black and a transparent coating layer. The same software suite of Kodak HomeCenter, AiO Home Center and a driver governs the machine's functions. Wireless setup is surprisingly easy, as the ESP 7 searches for available networks and latches onto the selected one. Installing the software then makes the rest of the connection to your PC or Mac.

The print problems we noticed with the ESP 9 are visible on the ESP 7, too. There's that millimetre chopped off headers on duplex pages and the strange blocky fills to characters in our coloured headline. If you want to see what these look like, check out the ESP 9 review.

Kevh

July 1, 2009, 12:17 am

Purchased one of these i was very dissapointed only had it for a day before returning it i spent most of the day removing paper jams and then found it wouldnt print graidients in wordart so i sent it back. on the plus side inks very cheap and print quality pretty good.

David Aldridge

August 30, 2009, 12:32 pm

This is probably the worst printer I've bought. All the functions look great, and some of them actually work, but it falls down on some very basic things. It doesn't print red - it comes out orange or brown. Four organisations I work with have red logos, and I just can't use the printer. I've been working with Kodak support for a month to solve this, and even on a replacement printer, red doesn't print. Now the replacement has broken (paper feed trays), and I can't print anything at all. This printer was marketed on cheap ink, but even though the cartridges are cheap, they run out ridiculously quickly. I've been going through almost one cartridge a week, where my HP was doing one every other month, and my Canon one every six weeks. This is a really disappointing printer.

S Roberts

October 11, 2009, 5:01 am

I bought one of these this afternoon from PC World - to replace a HP Deskjet 4200. (I wanted a machine with a scanner and thought the WiFi connectivity would be useful.) Installation of the Kodak was easy, and everything worked as it should. The instructions were easy to follow, and the Kodak AiO Home Centre software is pretty user-friendly. However, I was surprised by how poor the print quality is. Unacceptably so, I'm afraid. It's (now to me) easy to understand why HP is the world-leader in computer printers. I'm taking the printer back to PC World, and going back to my old HP. I'm afraid the Kodak is a waste of money unless print quality is relatively low on your priorities. Don't make the same mistake as me. Avoid.

Tarquin

November 30, 2009, 4:44 pm

I have had my printer for a while now and whilst I have not had any paper jams (my usual complaint), the increasing amount of ink it uses makes Kodak's claims about lower ink prices doubtfully beneficial. I have also given up on it this morning and will be taking it back to PC World as it spends most of its time recalibarting its printheads - wasting more ink, and then returning as error which involves restarting it and recalibrating itself again. Waste of money - find something else!

Gary hole

May 28, 2013, 3:32 pm

Sorry This is NOT a good printer. It will cost you a lot of money in INK ....
It keeps wanting to update 370mb + every time. It will keep flashing up error message,s at you. You will not be able to use compatible ink as it has a chip to tell you its not a kodak cartridge. This thing has cost me big time I will never get another Kodak ever BE WARNED......... Photo prints are not good. Save your money....

RB Morris

January 22, 2014, 6:22 pm

Not a good printer! I don't do a lot of printing, but I only seem to get 30-50 prints per cartridge replacement, and it doesn't matter if I use the XL or regular cartridges. I expected this printer to save me money in printing as was advertised, but so far I have spent much more and gotten fewer prints out of the printer. Lately, the printer has begun jamming (and I don't mean this in a good way). Looking for a NON-Kodak printer now!

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