Kodak Office Hero 6.1 review

A printer designed to change Kodak's fortunes

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  • Good print results
  • Fast scanning and copying
  • Google Cloud print
  • Email printing service


  • Scan quality could be better
  • Some setup issues
  • Some quirks with email print service

The wheels haven't completely fallen off for Kodak - a recent loan of $950 million has been granted for the company to restructure itself and adjust its priorities. This has resulted in a cull of its digital camera business and a renewed focus on printers.

This is a risky move, so its new printer, the Kodak Office Hero 6.1, had better impress. This printer's headline features revolve around its connectivity and money-saving features.

Google Cloud Printing is great for printing documents from a tablet PC or smartphone, enabling you to print documents even if you're away from home. The Kodak Email Print Server lets you send emails to the printer and should print any attachments. It's handy, though the email address assigned to your printer is a string of random letters and numbers.

We hoped that clicking 'Change email' would let us choose something better, but it just gave us a new randomly generated address, making it a bit pointless. The email printing service itself works well though, and could prove incredibly useful.

As is often the case with printers, installation took a while, and our initial tests resulted in endless spooling documents with no actual printing. Unplugging the printer from the power, then restarting it and reconnecting to our network solved the problem.

Documents printed quickly over Wi-Fi, but that's not counting the time it took to reset the printer. Printing a full sized colour photograph took one minute six seconds and the results were good.

Scanning is quick and easy, though the detail wasn't amazing on the default settings. Copying was also fast, but with average results.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed28 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)5.5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)8.5
Product FamilyHERO
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameKodak
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Index Card, Envelope No. 10, Envelope No. 9, A2 Envelope, Letter, Legal, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Index Card - 127 mm x 203 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 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 Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Interpolated Resolution9600 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height260 mm
Width462 mm
Depth432 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Photo Paper, Envelope, Transparency, Card Stock, Postcard, Label, Iron-on Transfer, Index Card, Premium Paper
Colour Depth24-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product Model6.1
Product NameOffice HERO 6.1 Multifunction Printer
Product LineHERO
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3953668
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

It's time to simplify your workload and lower your ink costs with the KODAK OFFICE HERO 6.1 All-in-One Printer. With fairly priced ink and a full suite of productivity tools, it lets you spend more time on your business and less on printing. It multi-tasks as much as you do, letting you print wirelessly, copy, scan, and fax-even double-sided. No matter where business happens, being Google Cloud Print and KODAK Email Print ready means you can send emails and attachments back to your office from any mobile device-your smartphone, computer, or tablet, so your documents are waiting when you walk in the door. Smart Sensor technology predicts the supplies and time you'll need before you start that next big print run. And you can rely on KODAK Quality for crisp documents and brilliant images, from first print to last. It's the intelligent way to keep your budget in line and your business on the move.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • Office HERO 6.1 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Color Ink Cartridge
  • Power Supply and Adapter Cord
  • 3D Glasses
  • Setup Guide
  • User Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)9.60 kg