Review Price £170.63
Kodak ESP 9250
Kodak now has a wide range of inkjet all-in-ones and the ESP 9250 is the top model, so has all the bells and whistles. It would be just as suitable in a small office as it would in the home and includes business features like fax and Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), as well as photo card slots and a separate photo paper tray.
Laid out in a textured black livery with gloss black highlights and a dark silver front and control panel, the machine still has a comparatively small footprint and is solidly built. At the top is a 30-sheet ADF, which feeds out to the top cover of the flatbed scanner.
The front tray can take up to 100 sheets of plain paper and has an integral, powered photo tray fitted above it. Therefore, media can be loaded at the same time and the machine will take in the photo sheets on demand. Pages feed out to an extending support, which increases the overall depth of the machine quite a bit.
The control panel is well laid out, with a numeric pad for fax numbers and passcode entry, as well as buttons to start and stop scan and copy jobs and a robust, metal-faced ring of menu navigation controls. These work with the 61mm colour LCD to control the machine's functions and display image thumbnails.
At the bottom, right-hand corner of the front panel are twin sockets for Compact Flash, SD, Memory Stick and xD memory cards, as well as a PictBridge and USB memory drive socket. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet connections, though most people will probably use the printer's wireless link.
Setting up the ESP 9250 isn’t a good experience. Though the setup applet does its job well, you don’t expect a brand new printer to require a download of both drivers and firmware before it’s ready to use. This one does – 40 min delay on a slow broadband connection.
Wireless setup is straightforward, with an on-screen keyboard to enter any WPA passcode. The machine has support for both Windows and OS X, though there's nothing detailed for Linux customers. Kodak's AiO Home Centre is a reasonably comprehensive software applet for basic scanning and photo housekeeping.
All Kodak's all-in-one machines use the same print engine and this takes a black cartridge and a five-ink colour cartridge, which includes a photo black and a transparent coating for improved photo prints. Both clip quickly and easily into the semi-permanent print head.