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Kodak ESP 7250 review

Can Kodak's new ESP 7250 really drive down the cost of inkjet printing?

There's no denying that the Kodak ESP 7250 has one of the lowest ink costs of any inkjet on the market, but it's much more expensive to buy than some competing models. With average printing quantities, it could be a whole year before you break even.

We liked

Cheap ink prices are a good thing and Kodak has pulled off a neat trick here by combining a dual cartridge system with semi-permanent print heads that are fitted separately into the printer. Print speed is a little slow for mono text, but average for colour documents and the ESP 7250 is pretty fast for photo printing.

Another clever function is that you can print direct from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, using the Kodak Pic Flick app.

We disliked

For a machine with a Kodak logo, photo quality is quite disappointing, with prints looking a bit wishy-washy compared to the latest Canon and Epson models, as well as the five-ink HP Photosmart Premium. It's quite a noisy printer, too, and even the menu buttons make an annoying beep, although at least you can switch this feature off.

Verdict

On balance, we'd rather go for a cheaper printer, such as the non-Wi-Fi Canon MG5150 or the Wi-Fi enabled Lexmark Interact S605, and pay the difference in higher ink costs over the following year or two. Ultimately, the Kodak's print quality simply isn't good enough to justify its price tag.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed29 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)32
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)30
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)27
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)26
Maximum Print Resolution9600 dpi
Brand NameKodak
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
EthernetYes
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution9600 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Height188 mm
Width444.5 mm
Depth431.8 mm
Media TypePremium Paper, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Plain Paper
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product ModelESP 7250
Product NameESP 7250 Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3951472
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

Imagine owning a printer that seamlessly connects to your favorite mobile devices, and saves you a ton of money on ink. The KODAK ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer can receive pictures from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and print them in an instant helping you keep up, without ever slowing down. And with the lowest ink replacement cost in the industry, you'll get high-quality photos and documents at a fraction of the price. With its amazingly simple Wi-Fi setup and intuitive control panel, you're ready to share your life at a moment's notice. Bring affordable printing into your daily routine with the KODAK ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • ESP 7250 Multifunction Printer
  • Black Ink Cartridge
  • Color Ink Cartridge
  • Paper Sample Pack
  • Power Supply Adapter Cord
  • Startup Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.48 kg