Kodak Hero 9.1 review

Can this cheap-to-run touchscreen printer challenge its rivals on quality?

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Kodak hero 9 1 review

The Hero range replaces Kodak's entire premium multifunction inkjet line, and represents a step up in quality. The Kodak Hero 9.1 sits at the top of the range, and packs in features such as a 4.3-inch touchscreen, USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, Google Cloud Print, Kodak Email Printing and automatic Duplex.

With the Kodak Hero 9.1 connected to your home network, you can email documents to the printer from anything that can send an email with an attachment, from anywhere in the world. If your iOS or Android mobile device is on the same network as your printer, you can print from it directly, using Kodak's free Pic Flick application.

We liked

Photo printing quality is excellent, with vibrant colours and well realised detail. It's great that the Kodak Hero 9.1 automatically detects photo paper and adjusts the print quality too, so you don't have to change the settings.

Kodak is keen to point out that although the purchase cost of its printers is higher than its rivals, its running costs are lower because the printer isn't subsidised by overpricing the inks. It is indeed cheap to run, and at under £200, the printer itself isn't exactly overpriced either.

We disliked

Plain paper image printing on the Kodak Hero 9.1 is horrendous, coming out dull, washed out and speckly.

Build quality could be better too - the output 'tray' (or more accurately, extendible arm) is especially flimsy, and the paper tray isn't exactly robust. We've seen better looking printers too. It's also a pity that its 3D printing feature isn't available on the Mac.

Final verdict

If you're looking for a home printer that prints great photos and text pages, but won't break the bank every time you need a new set of inks, the Kodak Hero 9.1 is definitely worth considering. It's not without its problems, but overall, it's a definite step up in quality for Kodak printers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed28 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)5.5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)8.5
Product FamilyHERO
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameKodak
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, A2 Envelope, Envelope No. 10, Envelope No. 9, Index Card, Custom Size, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Index Card - 127 mm x 203 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 215.90 mm x 297.18 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution9600 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Height231 mm
Width445 mm
Depth432 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Photo Paper, Inkjet Paper, Premium Paper, Envelope, Transparency, Card Stock, Postcard, Label, Iron-on Transfer, Index Card
Colour Depth24-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product Model9.1
Product NameHERO 9.1 Multifunction Printer
Product LineHERO
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3954039
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

State-of-the-art technology meets versatility with the KODAK HERO 9.1 All-in-One Printer. It's from Kodak, so it brings you the ultimate in premium quality, affordably priced ink. But it also comes fully loaded with the latest in intelligent features. Like being Google Cloud Print and KODAK Email Print ready so you can print from any location and any mobile device-your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Smart Sensor technology that detects paper size and predicts supplies and time needed. A large, sleek, intuitive touchscreen that's as easy on the eyes as it is easy to use. Faxing directly from your PC in as fast as 3 seconds per page, plus copying and scanning. Double-sided printing to save time and paper. It even has an automatic document feeder and a separate tray for photo printing. The KODAK HERO 9.1 All-in-One Printer. It's advanced. It's efficient. It's versatile. It's everything you ever wanted a home printer to be.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • HERO 9.1 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Color Ink Cartridge
  • 3D Glasses
  • Power Supply and Adapter Cord
  • Setup Guide
  • User Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)8.50 kg