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Kodak hero 9.1 review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

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Pros

  • Large LCD touchscreen
  • Easy wireless connection
  • Straightforward controls

Cons

  • Duplex pages reduced in size
  • External power supply block
  • Little control over Google Cloud Prints

Key Features

  • Remote print with Google Cloud
  • Duplex print as standard
  • Card slots and PictBridge
  • 35-sheet ADF
  • Low running costs
  • Manufacturer: Kodak
  • Review Price: £171.00

As with previous ranges of Kodak all-in-ones, distinction between models is less performance-based and more feature-led. All the hero machines, including the hero 9.1 reviewed here, use the same print engine, but this machine, being the top of the range, has extras like an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and touchscreen control.

Kodak has gone for an angular look to its new range, decked out in black and silver and with a red pinline as a highlight to front and sides. The neat ADF is virtually horizontal and a depression in the top cover of the scanner lid, which takes scanned sheets, reduces the apparent height of the machine.

The control panel incorporates a 109mm LCD touchscreen and there are five dedicated touch buttons arranged to left and right, which illuminate when their functions are available. There's only one physical button, to turn the printer on and off.

Kodak hero 9.1 - Controls

Below the control panel is a 100-sheet paper tray, with an inset 40-sheet photo tray just above. Unlike the cheaper Kodak machines, this tray on the hero 9.1 powers into the printer when photo print is selected. Pages are output to the top cover of the paper trays, which has a two-stage telescopic support and a flip-up paper stop.

To the right of the paper trays are two slots, one for USB and MemoryStick cards and the other for USB drives and PictBridge cameras. Sockets at the back cater for USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections, but many people will link this machine to their wireless routers, which is very simple thanks to the hero’s support of WPS setup.

Kodak hero 9.1 - Card Slots

This printer uses Kodak’s No 10 cartridges, so there's a black one and one containing CMY inks, a photo black and a gloss enhancer. Hinge the scanner section up and they both snap into place in the replaceable head, once you've clicked that into place in its carrier.

Software includes Kodak's AIO Centre and provision for Google Cloud Print so, like its stablemates, you can print to it remotely, from virtually any device which can link to the Internet.

SLIVER

March 3, 2012, 3:54 am

Had a lot of problems with network connectivity spent to long trying to fix customer service is good put problem persists not recommended if you like WI-fi and have a Mac.

Jon

October 25, 2013, 4:07 pm

OK it looks great and works fine for a day or two but we have had endless problems - looses connectivity, prints unreadable blur. Cant overide 'stupid' default settings to name but a few. Maybe it needs to be used every day ? I would NOT recommend for ocaisional user over a number of months it's virtually useless. I am ready to give it away :-(

Charlie Moucho

March 20, 2014, 9:02 pm

Kodak hero 9.1. Please change the name to Kodak ZERO 9.1,S um it up in one word. JUNK!! Wow was it sweet day 1 ,2,3. Then turned into a night mare, Will not stay connect to wifi. Extremely slow to connect and only after 5 to 6 attempts will it connect manuely only. forget one button. that has not worked at all. Printer sits less then 8 ft from router and get a 60% signal. My Hp gets 90%. after returning the first one to the store, The second one has the same issues. As much as I dislike HP , its a much better WIFI printer. Keep in mind I don t like HP. But KODAK is complete junk. Oh just a add here the ink page for page is not 1 penny cheaper. I get more pages printer from my 22.00 HP ink. Then I get from the 18.00 Kodak ink.

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