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Kodak ESP 1.2 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams



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Kodak has managed to squeeze a little extra performance out of the ESP 1.2’s print engine and claims 8.0ppm for black and 5.5ppm for colour print. Our five-page black text print returned 6.1ppm and the equivalent black text and colour graphics test gave 3.5ppm. These are noticeably lower than the specs, but still higher than the 3.5ppm and 3.3ppm from the Kodak ESP C310. The 20-page print got up to 6.9ppm.

A single-page, A4 colour copy took a reasonable 30s and 15 x 10cm photos took from 49s up to 1:10s, depending on their source. Kodak's FlickPic Android app was impressively nippy.

Kodak ESP 1.2 - Open

Print quality from Kodak inkjets has always been above average and here black text is clean and reasonably dense. It's fine for day-to-day print and draft mode, although paler, uses the same font and is eminently readable.

Colour graphics are dense and bright, showing off business symbols to good effect and reversed text, while a little thin in places, is adequate. Colour copies are surprisingly close to originals in both colour tones and print quality, although areas of solid black lose some of their density. Photo prints do very well, with smooth colour changes, dark as well as light detail and natural, pastel shades.

Kodak ESP 1.2 - Cartridges

The black cartridge is available in standard and XL sizes, while the colour cartridge only has one capacity. Using the best prices we could find gives a cost per page of 2.3p for ISO black and 5.1p for ISO colour, both including 0.7p for paper. These costs are still noticeably lower than from other all-in-ones at this price, but not by as much as earlier Kodak machines. They’re still among the cheapest inkjet printers to run, though.


Kodak has taken the opportunity to refresh its entry-level all-in-one, the ESP 1.2, with sensible upgrades. A slight increase in speed, coupled with touch buttons and wireless connection are welcome improvements, while the new downloadable apps provide useful extra functionality. Price is still a little high compared with some of its rivals’ entry-level printers, but you recoup this in lower running costs.

Jason D

December 7, 2012, 5:57 pm

Most difficult printer to set up i have ever owned. Only purchase this printer if it is always going to be powered up and connected to a computer that is always on and locate the printer no more than 2m from your router. if, like me, you will only use this printer now and again and will switch it off between uses, this printer is not for you. I will be using this printer via a USB cable as the wifi is impossible to set up each time


January 20, 2013, 12:58 am

Tks Jason for your comment. It helps me a lot.


January 25, 2013, 2:12 pm

As previous comment if you not using the printer all the time it is loads of hassle getting it to print each time. Also use it mainly for printing black and white and it won't let you do this if the colour cartridge is low.


September 15, 2013, 6:56 am

is this printer compatible with an ipad to print via air waves?

Drive MK

January 29, 2014, 5:19 pm

Purchased an esp 1.2 12monthand 27days ago and its dead, only used 1 ink cartridge. Had hp printers last 8-10 years. Wont buy kodak again even is the cartridges are cheaper.

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