Review Price £76.00
You'd be forgiven for confusing the Kodak ESP 3.2 with its cheaper sibling, the Kodak ESP 1.2. It has the same case, the same colour scheme and uses the same print engine. The main difference is the 61mm touchscreen in this machine, where the ESP 1.2 has a small 38mm LCD and a simple touch frame, rather than a full touchscreen. The ESP3.2 also has a higher colour print speed, according to the spec sheet, but we shall see...
A textured black case with a Kodak yellow highlight strip round the front of the scanner lid makes this machine look functional, rather than flash. The tall rear paper tray folds down flat on the printer's top when not in use and the output tray, which is a large, triple-telescoped extending arrangement, folds up as the front cover. Closed, the printer is small and neat; open, it's considerably bigger and a bit gangly.
In the right-front hand corner, set into a slightly raised cowl, is the 61mm touchscreen, which has a light, positive touch and a sharp, bright display. It's more than adequate for operating the printer, even though it’s still a good bit smaller than the touchscreens in the Hero range.
The Kodak ESP 3.2 is fully wireless compatible, with WPS setup and a USB socket, too, if you need it. At the front is a single slot for SD and Memory Stick cards. Kodak provides good support software for the printer, including applications to print photos and documents directly from smartphones. It has engineered them to work with earlier Kodak printers, too.
On the one hand, these retrospective upgrades to AiO Home Center and new apps such as Pic Flick HD and Document Print which also work with older machines put Kodak in a generous light. On the other hand, it could work against the company, as it's possible to upgrade, say, the ESP C310, for free and get quite close to this machine's spec (though with a smaller LCD).
This printer uses the 30 series cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, so enjoys the same low page costs as previous generations. We’d like to see separate colour tanks, though, to increase economy further.
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