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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