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.
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.
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.