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Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet review

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Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet
  • Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet
  • Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet
  • Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet
  • Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet
  • Kodak ESP 5250 - Wireless All-in-One Inkjet
  • EasyShare ESP 5250 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - ColourDesktop (Copier, Printer, Scanner - 30 ppm Mono - 29 ppm Color - 29 Second Photo - 100 sheets Input Capacity - USB - Wi-Fi - PC, Mac)

Summary

Our Score:

7

If Kodak's ESP 3250 is equivalent to an ESP 3.25, the ESP 5250 is like an ESP 5.25. It takes the earlier machine and gives it a tweak, specifically adding wireless connection. This is an extra convenience, but it's about the only improvement over the older machine.

The ESP 5250 is a very similar machine, physically, to the ESP 3250, with the same case and print engine. It provides a paper feed from the front, once you've folded down the front panel hatch and extended the paper support, and pages again turn through 180-degrees, ending up in a pile on top of the feed stack.

Comparing it with the ESP 5, however, there are a few things missing from the ESP 5250. For a start the hinged LCD monitor behind the control panel has a 61mm diagonal, while the ESP 5's is 76mm: 25 per cent larger.

Then there's provision for reading memory cards and connecting devices. The ESP 5 has sockets for SD, MemoryStick, xD and CompactFlash cards. The ESP 5250 drops the CompactFlash slot, which probably won't disturb too many people, but also drops the front panel USB socket, which works with PictBridge cameras and USB drives. This socket can also take an optional Bluetooth adapter on the ESP 5, where there's no provision on the new machine.

Physical setup is very straightforward. The semi-permanent print head clips into the head carrier and the two ink cartridges clip just as easily into place in the head. The printer does its own head alignment and is then ready to go.

Networking is similarly easy, working in similar fashion to connecting to a Wi-Fi network on a laptop. All you need do is follow the instructions on the LCD display, search for available wireless networks, select the one you want, enter the passcode from the on-screen keyboard that pops up and the printer's on the network. After that the driver software then spots the printer and completes the connection.

PhilT

November 5, 2009, 2:08 pm

Sorry to be an anorak but can you explain the p/page calculation for colour. I get the same answer as you dividing the Black cartridge cost by its ISO yield but get a different figure for colour (using both black and colour costs in the "colour" page calculation).

Des Chalkley

November 23, 2009, 1:04 pm

I have a Kodak aio printer out of guarantee it developed a problem I emailed Kodak


they are sending me a replacement part free of charge!!!!!!!!You cant get better than that buy Kodak,price of the ink does not matter if the printer does no work.


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Zo

May 1, 2011, 1:21 am

Terrible machine, we bought it to work with iPads as it claims its wifi enabled. Tried to set it up, searched for it using the ipad and couldnt figure out why it wasn't finding it. Searched their website to find that it only works if you download the app which we did. Then realised that the app allows you to print photos but not documents, webpages etc. Really disappointed, going to be taking this back ASAP.

Mervinh

September 24, 2011, 7:23 pm

Junk avoid at all costs wifi does not work, all day trying to set it up with help from kodak and still not working, ink consumption high, cartridges seem cheap but if pritnhead goes when out of warranty it is all lost, HP is a better printer every time regret buying kodak expensive mistake

Caz5

February 1, 2013, 1:30 pm

Have put up with this unreliable piece of junk for a year & ready to chuck it out of the window! It eats ink - so I've ended up having to replace cartridges in emergencies & then held on to the machine to try & get the use out of them (but I have at last bought an HP replacement printer with separate inks) It frequently decides not to recognise the full black cartridge, often prints with smudges & bits missing, snarls up paper & is so noisy & jumpy it makes my desk vibrate. Photos often have stripes on them... need I go on?? Avoid this printer if you want to keep sane!

TMcM

December 30, 2014, 1:56 pm

Don't buy one! Worst PoS ever, and in IT that takes some doing.....
Paper jams each and every time, drinks ink, poor print quality, scanner rarely works, copier is particularly poor. Easily the worst computer related purchase I have ever made. I hate the thing, hate it

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