- Separate, powered photo tray
- Low running costs
- Touchscreen controls
- Reduced size of duplex page images
- Occasional paper misfeeds
- Poor colour match on copies
Review Price £140.00
Kodak’s range of hero all-in-ones was one of the first to incorporate remote printing, via Google Cloud. There are four machines in the range, from the entry-level hero 5.1
to the high-end hero 9.1, with the officehero 6.1 in between for SOHO customers. This machine sits where the numbers suggest, between 6.1 and 9.1.
The slightly flared black and silver case of the hero 7.1 makes it look very solid and smooth, with a Kodak red keyline under the lid of the flatbed scanner. Directly below the lid is a sheer control panel. Made up of an 89mm LCD touchscreen with dedicated touch buttons down either side, the only physical button is for power.
Below the control panel, projecting from the front, are twin paper trays. At the bottom is a 100-sheet A4 tray and above this is another for up to 20 sheets of photo paper of up to 13 x 18cm. This tray is powered, so when the machine is asked to print photos, it automatically rolls the tray into position. A two-stage, telescopic paper support pulls out from the front edge of the tray cover, to provide an output tray.
In between the control panel and paper trays, to the right, are sockets for SD card and MemoryStick and for USB drive and PictBridge camera. At the back are USB and 10/100 Ethernet sockets, but the wireless connection is probably favourite. WPS setup is very straightforward, involving only a couple of taps of the touchscreen.
This printer uses the same engine as in most of the earlier Kodak machines, with a single black cartridge and a second colour one with five colours, including photo black and a gloss enhancer.
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