KODAK ESP 9 All-in-One Printer

Introduction:
Specialist in photography Kodak offers a master from one end to another
of the digital channels through a catalog of products consistent. Thus,
the brand develops and offered in the market for digital cameras,
camcorders, digital picture frames, printers and consumables. In
addition, Kodak also offers many services dedicated to the images.

This is the category of printers with multifunctional support, especially now the
interest is in the test model of high-end Kodak ESP9. This multifunctional printer can print, scan, copy and send fax. Fax features
offers speeds of 14.4 Kbps. It is a 4 in 1 printer. With Ethernet connectivity,
Wi-Fi and a USB jack it can be integrated with both professional and individual devices.

Package:
The device is particularly well protected. It comes with accessories
including a briefcase to perform duplex printing. Note the presence of
a USB cable which is quite rare. The kit also comprises of a Driver CD. The multipurpose ESP9 Kodak is entirely black in color. Only a yellow line just
breaks the monotony. The surface of the device is matte to avoid
fingerprints and attracts less dust.

Design:
The scanner is located on the upper part. Up front, there is a
control panel with a screen of 7.6 cm. It is the correct size. We can
directly see the pictures without having to go through a computer using
a USB or a memory card.

A little less than a year after submission of the first printers to
multifunctional inkjet, Kodak will expand the collection of models
omitting the white ones and focusing on series ESP (four in all,
including the ESP-3) based on black and a more classic look. The
printer is an awesome solution to play at home or small to medium office, supported by
different possibilities of connection and a console that is for the first
time at home Kodak. This leaves the keys classics to go to touch screen
technology. A solution that can give pleasure, but that remains to individual
taste many people believe that the physical buttons to press are more
comfortable than the touchscreen. The console of the
ESP-9 is still well-made back-lit in blue and mail in support of a
screen by 3 inches diagonally is adequate to navigation menu or to
display images loaded directly from the camera through the ‘interface
PictBridge port front USB, or using the player’s universal memory cards
at the front seat.


The panel tilts. It is more practical to use the buttons. The buttons
on the control panel are sensitive. They are backlit illuminated in
blue. Their brightness is very high. Too in our view. The light that
emanates from the titles of cache functions written in white on a black
background.

On the right, front, there is a memory card reader. It supports cards
like CompactFlash (CF) I, II and Microdrive, Secure Digital (SD),
Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Multimedia Card (MMC), XD-Picture
Card (xD), Memory Stick (MS) and Memory Stick Pro (MS Pro). A USB jack
allows you to directly connect a digital camera to print. That is
PictBridge, a classic.

Network, connection:
The installation is easy without problem. It takes about 10 minutes to
use the printer for the first time. The multipurpose ESP9 Kodak is compatible with
operating systems Windows and Mac OS 10.4.9 or higher. It has a Wi-Fi
module installation is not very complicated and can easily be done by
inexperienced people. The connection by Ethernet cable can also share
the device between multiple computers on a network. It’s convenient.
Kodak offers an optional Bluetooth using a USB stick to buy separately.

The multipurpose ESP9 Kodak has two independent bins leaves closed. One
is used to store sheets in A4 format and the other is used to insert
the photo paper in 10 × 15. This is very convenient and avoids dust. Depending on the format selected from the Print
Manager, the ESP9 automatically performs the task. User can add up to 100 sheets on a A4 Tray. The photo paper tray holds up to 40 sheets. When launching
a print, a small window opens showing the progress of work and the
amount of leaves remaining in each tray. It’s convenient and very
visual. We appreciate it. The window also allows the amount of ink
remaining in the cartridges.

Power consumption and Performance:
We were able to measure the power consumption during printing, which
is 23 Watts and 16 Watts in standby. Standby consumption is quite
high. The multipurpose ESP9 Kodak comes with Kodak EasyShare software to
organize image files. There is also the Kodak AiO Home Center which is the
print manager. It is from this that we can scan, copy, print, and
configure the device. You can also go through this program to get
advice and order supplies (paper and ink).

According to Kodak the ESP9 multifunction can print up to 32 pages per
minute in black and 30 pages per minute in color. This is applicable in draft mode.
This mode is sufficient to read the texts and used to save ink. As standard we could observe a monochrome print speed of 3
pages per minute (ppm) while it is 4.3 ppm for the Canon MP630
Multifunction and 2.6 ppm for Multifunction HP Photosmart C3090
Premium.
With standard quality and color we could get a print speed of 1.6 ppm.
For the Canon MP630 we have obtained a speed of 2.7 ppm and 2.18 ppm
for the HP Photosmart C3090 Premium. For color Kodak ESP9 is a bit
behind among these two models.To print a borderless photo in high quality, it
takes about 42 seconds (as with the MP630, the MP980 and HP C3090).

The quality is very good. The grain is controlled and the colors
relatively faithful. It took about 42 seconds to copy a document in
color. The Kodak ESP9 cannot be copied in black and white which could
be interesting for documents that you keep for yourself instead of
using the ink color. Where for Draft-quality color, we could obtain a
copy in 25 seconds.

The door of the scanner extends a few millimeters in order to scan a book.
We printed a picture that we then scanned with a resolution of 300 dpi
in order to compare to the original. We tried Kodak Enhanced mode which
would normally improve rendering. In fact the contrast is increased.
The colors are bright but the faults appear to a greater extent than in
standard mode.


In practice, the multifunction ESP9 Kodak is pleasant. It has however a
lot of noise when it turns on and when off. That’s hardly discreet. It
uses two cartridges, the first contains black ink and the other one contains the color ink.

Specifications:

  • Type: Multifunction (printer, scanner, copy, fax)
  • Technology: InkJet
  • Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet (Bluetooth optional)
  • Memory card reader: Yes
  • USB PictBridge: Yes
  • Optical Resolution: up 2400ppp
  • Number of cartridges: 2
  • Tray: A4 up to 100 sheets, up to 40 sheets of photo
  • LightScribe Printing: No
  • Dimensions: 446 × 432 × 254 mm
  • Weight: 9.9 Kg

Conclusion:
With congestion control multifunction ESP9 Kodak is also serving
individuals and small businesses. Connectivity enables sharing. The
print speeds are not among the best but it is average for quality. One
appreciates the quality of printing photos but much less the quality of
the copies that leave important features in place of colors.

Pros

  • Design
  • The control keys
  • Bins and independent A4 photo
  • USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • The function duplex
  • Specify the software quantity of paper trays

Cons

  • The quality of copies
  • Noise at startup
  • The noise in the extinction
  • The backlight of the keys too powerful


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