Kodak now has a range of all-in-ones, all of which use the same print engine and cartridges. The latest, the ESP Office 6150, is intended for the SOHO (small office, home office) market and includes features like an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and a duplexer, which should boost productivity and save paper.
The ESP Office 6150 is discreet for an all-in-one, in its all-black case with Kodak-yellow highlights. The ADF doesn’t add a lot to its height, but can still feed up to 30 sheets at a time. To lift the scanner lid, you have to squeeze your fingers into the gap between the top of the control panel and the underside of the lid, which is awkward, but it feels solid and well made when you do lift it.
The control panel itself isn’t particularly special. There’s no touch screen or wide-screen LCD, just a fairly modest 61mm colour LCD at the far left, with navigation control, a numeric pad and start and stop buttons as you move right. The buttons are small, but quite positive to the touch.
The name says this is an office all-in-one, so perhaps you wouldn’t expect memory card sockets. The original EasyShare 5500, another ‘office’ machine, had them, though and a front panel PictBridge socket, too, all for a similar price. This machine has neither, leaving it looking a bit under-specified, though it makes up for this in part with Wi-Fi, including the ability to print from Blackberry, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Paper feeds from a generous 200-sheet paper tray at the front, onto an extending support above. At the back are sockets for USB, Ethernet and fax/phone ports, but many people will go for the wireless connection.
This is easy to set up from the control panel and is compatible with most of the common security protocols. Ink tank installation is equally simple; there are just the two tanks to plug into position in the head carrier. One is black and the other has cyan, magenta and yellow, plus a photo black and a clear overlay ink, to protect photo prints.
Kodak provides its own scanning and file management software and a second disk containing OfficeReady, which installs an extra toolbar into Word, offering document templates and colour schemes.