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Kodak ESP 7 Inkjet All-in-One - Kodak ESP 7 Inkjet All-in-One

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Kodak claims the same speeds for the ESP 7 as for the ESP 9, at 32ppm for black and 30ppm for colour. Both of these are draft speeds and even then we find it hard to envisage a document that will print that quickly. The best we saw was 5.04ppm for a 20-page black document, which took 3:58 to complete and 2.03ppm for colour, where our five-page print took 2:28. Duplex print slowed the machine down further, though the wait between printing front and back sides is shorter than on, for example, a Canon PIXMA.

Prints themselves are very similar to those from the more expensive machine, so black text is sharp and clean cut, while solid colour is reasonable, though with some mottling. Black registration over colour is generally good, though there is slight haloing.

Photo prints are quicker, relatively, than plain paper prints and offer good print quality, with well-defined foreground detail, some noticeable detail in shadows and good quality fountain fills in skies. Colour photos from SD card and PictBridge camera were also good, showing natural colours and high levels of foreground detail.

Noise levels, which are a problem with the ESP 9 for the number and intensity of them, are reduced in number on this machine, because of the lack of an ADF. If anything, though, they are slightly louder - we measured peaks of 68dBA - probably because the scanner mechanism isn't buried under a lid with an Automatic Document Feeder on top of it.

Since it uses the same print head and ink cartridges as its bigger sibling, you might expect page costs to be identical. For black print, this is true, because the cheapest price we could find for the cartridge is the same as for the ESP 9. However, the colour cartridge has gone up a few pence, so the colour page cost has also increased.

Even so, costs per page of 2.44p for black and 2.97p for colour are still extremely good, with the colour cost being way below that of most other inkjet all-in-ones. You can also balance photo print cost with quality, by selecting from three different grades of photo paper.

Verdict

The ESP 7 is quite a bit cheaper than its bigger sibling and although it lacks the ADF, touch control panel and fax facilities, in all other respects it's a very similar machine. As a home office all-in-one, it performs well, if not that quickly. Running costs are commendably low, which is always a factor in the purchase of an inkjet, and print quality, while not the best on the block, is more than passable.

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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