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.
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.
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.