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Kodak ESP Office 2170 review



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  • Easy WPS wireless setup
  • Easy maintenance
  • Built-in fax


  • Slow print
  • No duplex
  • No separate photo tray

Review Price £120.00

Key Features: Low running costs; Simple straight-through paper path; Good print quality on plain and photo paper; PictBridge/USB socket; Good software support

Manufacturer: Kodak

Kodak has a new, simpler print engine, which we first saw in the ESP C110 and which the company is beginning to build into equivalents for most of its range of all-in-ones. The ESP Office 2170 is designed as a SOHO device, for those who are as interested in printing pages as they are printing photos.

The case is largely made from coarsely textured black plastic, with chamfered ends and a single Kodak-yellow flash set into the front lip of the scanner lid. It all looks a bit cheap and cheerful, but is likely to be hard wearing.

Kodak ESP Office 2170

The scanner has a 25-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with a horizontal feed tray, so it doesn't add a lot to the printer's height. The paper support slides up from the back of the device to support up to 150 sheets of plain paper or 40 photo blanks. The output tray pulls out from the front of the machine, giving a much straighter paper path than the front-feeding designs of earlier ESPs.

The control panel has a metallic sheen and is set at a fixed angle to the front. The layout of controls is logical enough, with a column of four mode buttons on the left. To the right of these is a four-way ring of navigation controls and then a numeric pad for the built-in fax facilities. To the right are start and stop buttons for scanning and copying and finally a power button and illuminated Wi-Fi indicator.

The printer's LCD display is disappointingly small at just 38mm, but is just about big enough to show worthwhile thumbnails, as well as menu choices. We would expect something a bit more lavish on a machine at this price.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 - Controls

The only two PC data connections are a USB socket at the back and a wireless link, which can be set up by entering a passcode or via WPS setup. There’s a socket at the front for SD and MemoryStick cards and another for PictBridge and USB drive connection.

Kodak provides its AiO Home Centre software, which covers all the basics, as well as drivers for PC and Mac. The two ink cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, clip into the semi-permanent print head, which itself clips into the head carrier under the scanner section of the machine.

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Carlton Moore

November 5, 2013, 11:29 pm

This is the worst printer I have ever had. I am actually on the phone with their customer service department in India and they cannot do anything for me. I have gone through three printheads, the ink cartridges have never lasted even 10% of their advertised life, and Kodak will not do anything but tell me that because it is 1 1/2 years old it is out of warranty and there is nothing they can do to help me. This printer is a money pit and has never worked properly from the beginning. I should have returned it right away instead of giving them the benefit of the doubt. Now they have my $150, plus what I spent on numerous $30 cartridges, and I have nothing to show for it but a broken printer. I wlll never buy anything Kodak again!


January 18, 2014, 6:12 pm

Quite right a money pit . just had to replace color ink again despite using none in printing. Ink is used every time printer starts up. If you only print black it will still use the color ink , which i proved by deliberatly not using the color in my last cartridge, and which as i said i have just had to replace. And of course you have to replace because when color runs out you can't use the printer despite having black ink left! Kodak are one big con.

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