Kodak continues to extend its range of inkjet all-in-ones. The ESP 9250 is the current top-of-the-range, so has all the goodies Kodak can think of to add. It’s still not a big machine and its black and silver livery looks unassuming, but smart.
The 30-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) doesn’t add a lot to the machine’s height and the control panel is clear and well laid out. It includes a 61mm colour LCD display, a solid, metal-faced navigation ring, a number pad for fax number and pass code entry and buttons to start and stop scan and copy jobs.
Below the control panel is a 100-sheet plain paper tray and an integrated photo tray which can take up to 20 photo sheets. The machine pulls this tray in when you elect to print photos. Paper feeds out over the top of the tray cover and onto an extending paper stop, which increases the footprint of the machine quite a bit.
To the right of the paper trays are two memory card slots, for all the common types of card, and a USB socket, which doubles as a PictBridge connection. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, but the machine also supports Wi-Fi connection, which is easily setup from the printer’s front panel.
Kodak’s speed claims are, as usual, outlandish, at 32ppm for black and 30ppm for colour. Even in draft mode, we only saw just over 8.5ppm and in normal print mode it was between 4.5ppm and 5.0ppm. The ESP 9250 is supplied with a duplexer, which clips on at the back and produced a speed of around 4.0 sides per minute.
Print quality is reasonable on plain paper, with no signs of ink spread and good strong colours in business graphs and charts. Black and colour registration is also good, though copies lose some of their original colour and come out pale. The scanner, a 2,400ppi CIS device, is the main reason for this but, in other respects, it produces reasonable scans. Photo prints, thanks to the photo black ink and transparent cover coat, are better than most from machines in this class, though perhaps bettered by some from Canon and HP.
Kodak continues to price the two ink cartridges all its machines use at prices which make its printers cheaper to run than any others in the UK. This is Kodak’s main selling point and one we can’t argue with.
So what doesn’t the ESP 9250 have? There’s no direct CD printing and no way of upgrading with extra trays or memory. It doesn’t have the speed of an equivalent Epson or HP and plain paper print quality isn’t quite up to Canon’s.
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