Kodak ESP 7250 conclusion

August 5, 2010 by Sarah Meyer Reads (18,507)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy tests
The Kodak ESP 7250 uses around 6 W in ready mode.  Kodak does offer a low power mode but the ESP 7250 will only switch to this mode after an hour of non-use.  It is adjustable but one hour is the minimum amount of time. The main difference between the two modes is the LCD goes black, dropping power usage by 1W.

When in printing mode, the ESP 7250 uses a different amount of energy for different functions.  When printing documents in draft mode, the Kodak ESP 7250 used between 19 W and 24 W of power at any given time.  When printing in normal mode, the ESP 7250 used between 12 W and 16 W of power.  When scanning, the ESP 7250 used about 8 W of power.

PROS

  • Easy to use software
  • Good print quality
  • Good mix of features

CONS

  • Slower print speeds than advertised
  • Out of paper error (with paper in cassette)

CONCLUSION
Kodak does a good job providing a mix of easy to use features along with good overall print quality and low cost ink for the ESP 7250.  And with the suggested price of $199.99, it’s still in the affordable range, especially when you add in the long run costs (ink, paper).

Plus, the issues I have with the ESP 7250 are somewhat minor.  The advertised speeds were very inflated compared to what we saw during testing but the ESP 7250 was still within the range of its peer’s actual print speeds.  The Kodak color ink cartridge expired faster than some of the competitor’s cartridges but its priced low enough that it’s still probably the better deal over the long run.   And both of the ESP models I’ve reviewed recently had the same quirk where the printer didn’t sense paper in the tray and threw up an out of paper error in the middle of a print job. It was simple enough to fix but it could cause some annoyance to a customer.

My overall take on the Kodak ESP 7250 is a positive one and I do feel it could make a good home printer, especially with a total ink replacement of $27.98.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Kodak ESP 7250 All-in-One printer is available now through Kodak.com for the suggested retail price of $199.99.

Accessories and supplies are also available through Kodak.com.  A combo pack of standard capacity ink (CMYK) will set users back $27.98, the cheapest total ink replacement (all cartridges) offered by an inkjet manufacturer as of this writing.

Kodak offers a 1-year warranty on the Kodak ESP 7250 All-in-One printer.


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