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Kodak ESP 7250 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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Given that so many printer makers still insist on quitting outlandish draft print speeds, we've decided to add a five-page draft document to our test suite. Kodak claims speeds of 32ppm in black and 30ppm in colour. Our draft mode document took 37 seconds to complete, giving a real-world draft speed of 8.1ppm, around a quarter of that claimed.

In normal print mode, we saw 4ppm from our 5-page text document and 4.8ppm from the 20-page one. The five-page text and colour graphics test returned 2.9ppm. These speeds are fairly sluggish for a modern all-in-one at this price, but the photo print times were some compensation. We printed 15 x 10cm images from PC, SD card, PictBridge camera and USB drive and saw a fastest time of just 38 seconds.

The prints we produced were good, with plenty of sharp, bright detail, good natural colours and smooth transitions. The only place the ESP 7250 let itself down was in reproducing shadowed detail, where much too much came out black.

Colour print on plain paper is smooth and although colours can be a little paler than originals, even colour copies come through clearly and close to the originals. There's a small amount of haloing around text on coloured backgrounds, but it’s only superficial.

Black text is clean and well developed and draft mode text is a good deal better than the dot-matrix-style characters that many inkjets still provide.

Perhaps the most bizarre result from our printer tests was when we came to the duplex print. An automatic duplexer is fitted as standard, but when you select two-sided print in the driver, the page size is reduced by around 7.5 per cent. Text and graphics are all reduced in size, taking little regard of the settings in your word processor. This happened under both OS X and Windows, using different drivers.

Kodak claims a lot for its low running costs and this is borne out from our calculations. We calculate a black page cost of 2.1p and a colour page cost of 4.4p, both including 0.7p the paper. These are low, even for inkjets, where, contrary to popular belief, the cost of printing a page is often lower than from an equivalent laser printer.


In general, the Kodak ESP 7250 delivers good print quality at low cost, in an easy and well-automated way. It's not a particularly quick machine, though, and the strange size reduction when you select duplex print is something that either needs correcting or, if it was our setup error, more detailed explanation in the printer’s manual.

Brian ONeill

July 27, 2010, 4:54 pm

I have a hp and canon printer. I always assumed you could not use compatible cartriges as they put chips in the real ones to stop you.

But then a quick trawl of ebay and i was able to get compatible cartriges for on average about £2, compared to £15 for the original ones.

I would prefer to buy original ink but frankly pricing for ink is scandalous, so my advice is to shop around as you can save a packet.


November 24, 2010, 10:04 am

I bought this printer. It didn't work. I spent four hours on the phone with customer service, and it STILL didn't work! So they sent me a brand-new one, and guess what? THAT one didn't work! Two more hours on the phone with customer service, and they got it to work. Now, after spending more than $100 on this thing and hours of my life on the phone with customer service, I get to see how slow and loud it is! Plus, there are paper jams every 50 sheets or so ... This is the worst printer experience I've ever had, and I've had them all. Kodak has lost me as a customer for good.


October 27, 2013, 11:57 am

My 7250 has lasted a few years but now the carriage is stuck on the left and won't budge

Cost estimate of repairs tremendous and need to drive 25 miles to get to service place and ten depend zillions

What is your experience..could it be worse


July 7, 2014, 7:35 pm

This thing lasted about a year with light printing and now it jams constantly..I hate it.

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