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Kodak ESP Office 2170 - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams


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Review Price £120.00

Kodak rates the ESP Office 2170 at 6ppm for black print and 4ppm for colour, the same as the C110, which is hardly surprising, given that both printers use the same print engine. It's also hardly surprising that our tests revealed the same real-world print speeds as for the cheaper machine.

Our five-page black text test returned a speed of 3.4ppm and this only rose slightly, to 3.7ppm, on the 20-page test. In draft mode, the printer managed 8.3ppm. These speeds are pretty unspectacular and don't compare well with all-in-ones from Kodak's main rivals in this price bracket.

The printer completed our five-page black text and colour graphics document at 3.0ppm, so it doesn't take much of a hit when printing colour and a single-page colour copy finished in a reasonable 26s. A 15 x 10 cm photo print at best quality took 1:14, with 39s of that devoted to pre-processing.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 - Open

The print quality is pretty good, with only a little fuzziness detracting from a generally clean print. Draft print is also usable, though it's less consistently smooth and is most suitable for internal documents.

Colour graphics are bright and solid, though text registration over colour isn’t wonderful, with some haloing. A colour copy was particularly accurate to the original from which it was made. Photo prints don't suffer much from the lack of a photo black ink or a cover coat and give realistic colours and plenty of detail.

We weren't able to find the print cartridges as cheaply as when we tested the ESP C110, but we still calculate a black page at 2.3p and a colour one at 5.1p, both including 0.7p for paper. While these are higher costs than from Kodak machines using the 10 and 10XL cartridges, they're still lower than from most of their rivals, by over 1p per page.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 - Cartridges


Most of the key selling points for Kodak all-in-ones over the competition are still present in the ESP Office 2170. Print quality is good, though not the best, and running costs are low. While print speeds are not as good as from the previous range, the feature set is strong, with support for both business and photo functions. Certainly one to consider.

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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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