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.
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.
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.