ESP 7250 PERFORMANCE
Setting up the ESP 7250
Kodak provides a Start Here quick guide for setting up the ESP 7250. The guide takes the user through unpacking, powering on, setting language and country, installing the printhead, installing the ink cartridges, loading paper, aligning the printhead, choosing the connection type and installing the software provided on the CD.
If you decide to set up the ESP 7250 over an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection, the Start Here guide will direct users to the Network Setup Guide BEFORE installing the software. I decided to set the ESP 7250 up over a wireless connection, so I chose that from a list of options on the 7250’s display. The printer will then search for any and all available networks.
Once you choose your network, users will need to provide the password, if applicable. The printer will then show a message confirming the connection and advise the user to install the software.
When I inserted the software CD, it just checked for updates since I reviewed the Kodak ESP Office 6150 recently. When I opened the Kodak AiO Home Center, I clicked on “Select” which brought up a menu of available Kodak printers and the option to install a new printer. I clicked install, selected the model number, the connection type and the setup wizard did the rest. Fairly simple.
For first time Kodak owners, see my ESP Office 6150 review for first time software set up.
Ease of use
I noticed almost immediately that the Kodak ESP 7250 has a front side USB (PictBridge Port) along with a built-in card reader. This was one of my big gripes about the Kodak ESP Office 6150 because I felt like an office machine should have a front side USB port. So even though the ESP 7250 is a photo printer, I was excited to see that.
The ESP 7250’s control panel is sort of a hybrid of the ESP 5250 and the ESP Office 6150; the panel is placed in the same area as the Office 6150 (on the front of the printer) but it functions more like the ESP 5250 with the 2.4-inch LCD, four directional arrow navigation and only seven quick keys plus the power button.
The main menu (home) offers nine selections including: two copy functions, photo print, scan, printable forms, maintenance, two settings options and help (troubleshooting). Selecting any one of the nine will bring up a sub menu with various options. For example, click on scan and it brings up four sub options: scan to, scan what, destination and save as defaults.
Overall, I thought the ESP 7250 was really quite easy to use from the control panel. The design was simple and easy to navigate.
Kodak also provides the AiO Home Center software for running the ESP 7250 from a computer. I was already familiar with this software because the ESP Office 6150 uses it. The AiO Home Center includes five main menus plus a home page link and troubleshooting link in the top right corner. At the bottom, users can switch between Kodak printers that share a network or install a new Kodak printer, as mentioned in the setup section.
The photo software is basic but I like that, it’s easier and faster to use. The first screen allows users to select photos from their computer or connected media. Once you have selected all the photos needed, hit the next button to edit your images. Users can pick from a slew of editing options to enhance or customize photo prints.
After you’ve perfected your images, select one of five finishing options. Most will choose the Print to Kodak printer option but users can also save to file, email, open in another program or upload images to the Kodak Gallery (must be a member).
I have to say that I enjoyed using the ESP 7250’s scanner and scan software. The AiO Home Center uses almost identical menus for the photo printing and scanning so it makes it a breeze to get through. Every time I put multiple photos on the scanner, the ESP 7250 sensed each individually and scanned them in as separate images.
Plus, users have the option to mesh multiple photos into a collage before scanning or bring multiple scanned pages into a single document after the initial scan. Not to mention each scan can be edited (crops, adjustments, color restoration, red eye removal or Kodak Perfect Touch Technology) and then be saved to a file, emailed, opened in another program (such as Photoshop), uploaded to the Kodak Gallery online (must have an account) or reprinted with the ESP 7250.
The AiO Home Center also gives users access to settings, maintenance, web content, special projects, updates and troubleshooting.
As always, users can adjust print settings using the print properties menu found in your browser or word processors print menu.