Kodak ESP Office 6150 - Inkjet All-in-One - Kodak ESP Office 6150

By Simon Williams



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On a printer with wireless capabilities, we normally run tests with a wireless connection. The ESP Office 6150 was very hesitant, though, pausing after most passes of the print head and returning test times which were a lot slower than we expected. We reinstalled the machine with a USB connection and these glitches went away, but we’re left wondering if this is an isolated case of an early review sample, or not.

Even with a USB connection, the machine was inexplicably slower at the 5-page and 20-page text prints than the Kodak ESP 5250, tested a few months back. That machine returned speeds of 4.7ppm and 5.1ppm, while this one could only manage 3.3ppm and 3.6ppm, respectively. Since both printers use the same engines, this is quite surprising, more so since the 5-page black text and colour graphics test took 1:42 on both machines.

Start using the duplexer and the ESP Office 6150 slows further though, to Kodak’s credit, you can change the time it waits between page sides, depending on the media you’re using – a more absorbent paper won’t need as long to dry. Our 20-side, 10-page document took 6:40 to print, a speed of 3.0spm.

Copies are quite quick, with a single page, colour copy taking 30 seconds and a 5-page black text one taking 1:46. A 15 x 10cm photo from a PC took just over a minute, which is also fast.

Print quality is generally good. Black text shows a little fuzziness from ink spread into the fibres, but is quite readable and colour on plain paper is bright, if a little pale, by default. A colour photocopy does well, losing little of its colour in comparison with the original. Our test photo came through highly detailed, with smooth colour transitions though, as so often, there was some loss of shadow detail.

One oddity with the machine is that there’s a larger, unprintable top margin when printing duplex than when printing single-sided – we lost half a line of text from each page of our test document. It's no problem as long as you’re aware of it, of course, so you can lay out your pages accordingly.

Paper feed is quite noisy, peaking at 66dBA, and the ADF motor is also comparatively loud.

The two ink cartridges are available very inexpensively, but the cheapest source we could find offered them as cheaply bought singly as in a combo pack. This gave page costs of 2.6p for ISO black and 4.9p for ISO colour pages. These are considerable cheaper than from equivalent all-in-ones. For example, the £226 Canon PIXMA MP990 gives costs of 3.2p and 9.3p and the £190 Lexmark Interact S605 offers 4.7p and 11.8p.


Kodak’s claim to offer much cheaper printing holds a good deal of weight, as you can cut both black and colour print costs using its inexpensive inks. You don’t lose much in print quality, either. The only question mark is the speed you get from the machine, particularly if connecting it wirelessly. The ESP Office 6150 appears to be slower than its cheaper predecessors, which isn’t the way it should be.


March 15, 2010, 4:13 am

I noticed that you did not mention the manufactures stated print speed. In the US the Kodak data sheet states “Print documents up to 32/30 ppm in black/color”. Even given the product a 15% margin of error that would make it approximately 27 ppm black and 25ppm color. Your testing shows approximately 4 ppm black / color that becomes about 85% off the stated speed. I can see about 10 to 15 % off the rated speed but this is inexcusable.

Maybe we should all start holding the manufactures accountable by calling the manufactures and demanding truth in advertising.

I hate to be a pest but when it comes to the color cost per page for products with the Multi-Color Cartridges. It is really a guessing game because when you run out of one color the whole Cartridge has to be replaced. Because of this the accrual cost can be several times higher then the initial cost of the cartridge.

Martin Daler

March 15, 2010, 11:58 pm

cost per page is a metric where TR could add some genuine value to the reviews. I know what you guys will say - it can't be done, which will only make me ask why you print any figures in the first place.

So here goes anyway - can we please have actual measured real-world figures? I ask becasue I noticed on my Canon IP5200R that it can get through three colour cartridges even when all I am printing is black-and-white. Amazing, yes, and very costly too. It seems to give all cartridges a purge a before and after each print run, regardles of use.

The whole purge thing also has a massive effect on real ink use. Print out a run of 100 pages and there will be a purge before and after. But how often does your typical home user do that? Typical uasge is a few pages every now and then, and in so most of the ink never hits the page, it gets purged into the sponge before and after, which must be worth a fortune by now.

Ink is by far the biggest cost of having a printer - the purchase price is typically overtaken by ink cost with a few months of regular usage. I would really, really like to know the cost of owing a printer before I buy, and I look to a good review site like TR to inform me.


October 6, 2013, 6:22 am

This is not a quality printer. The company told me that needed a new printer head because i all of a sudden was getting blank prints. Today the printer head was delivered. No change in printer. Cannot get money back for new ink or printer head but am told that iI need to purchase a recertified printer for them along with a new printer head.

Annie get your Gun

January 7, 2014, 7:46 pm

I have exactly the same experience as Felicia - just installed fourth printhead on a this very little used machine (having exchanged the printer with Kodak just over a year ago - at our cost) to find NO improvement at all in printing experience! Seems a regular fault with this product which was NOT cheap!


October 8, 2014, 1:29 am

Do not buy this printer! It broke after a year and the company tech support was useless.

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