Kodak rates the ESP Office 2170 at 6ppm for black print and 4ppm for colour, the same as the C110, which is hardly surprising, given that both printers use the same print engine. It’s also hardly surprising that our tests revealed the same real-world print speeds as for the cheaper machine.
Our five-page black text test returned a speed of 3.4ppm and this only rose slightly, to 3.7ppm, on the 20-page test. In draft mode, the printer managed 8.3ppm. These speeds are pretty unspectacular and don’t compare well with all-in-ones from Kodak’s main rivals in this price bracket.
The printer completed our five-page black text and colour graphics document at 3.0ppm, so it doesn’t take much of a hit when printing colour and a single-page colour copy finished in a reasonable 26s. A 15 x 10 cm photo print at best quality took 1:14, with 39s of that devoted to pre-processing.
The print quality is pretty good, with only a little fuzziness detracting from a generally clean print. Draft print is also usable, though it’s less consistently smooth and is most suitable for internal documents.
Colour graphics are bright and solid, though text registration over colour isn’t wonderful, with some haloing. A colour copy was particularly accurate to the original from which it was made. Photo prints don’t suffer much from the lack of a photo black ink or a cover coat and give realistic colours and plenty of detail.
We weren’t able to find the print cartridges as cheaply as when we tested the ESP C110, but we still calculate a black page at 2.3p and a colour one at 5.1p, both including 0.7p for paper. While these are higher costs than from Kodak machines using the 10 and 10XL cartridges, they’re still lower than from most of their rivals, by over 1p per page.
Most of the key selling points for Kodak all-in-ones over the competition are still present in the ESP Office 2170. Print quality is good, though not the best, and running costs are low. While print speeds are not as good as from the previous range, the feature set is strong, with support for both business and photo functions. Certainly one to consider.
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