Kodak ESP Office 2170 review

Small business multifunction printer with Wi-Fi
Photo of Kodak ESP Office 2170
£120

The Kodak ESP Office 2170 is a compact multifunction printer aimed at small business and office users that manages to give you all the main functions you need – printing, scanning, copying and faxing – in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner.

Styled almost entirely in conventional black, but for a strip of silver across the control panel, this multifunction printer is aimed squarely at the home office and small business market. It fits handily on a small desk or cabinet (measuring 455×296×650mm) yet still feels sturdily built at 6.9 kg.

Basic design
At the rear of the device is a simple fold-back 150-sheet input tray, while on the top is an additional 25-page automatic document feeder. As this is an all-in-one printer geared towards producing good-quality photos as well as documents, it might have been helpful to have had a separate (bottom?) tray for photo paper – but if your print demands are relatively light, this won’t be much of an issue.

What is undeniably less user-friendly, though, is the front control panel. This is fixed at an angle below 30 degrees, and as the colour LCD is a mere 1.5in in width, you might have to do some uncomfortable bending to read the information. No complaints about the layout of the controls, though, which clearly present the four main functions (copy, print, scan and fax) alongside a large number pad and a couple of quick print buttons.

Low ink but slow speed
The printer connects either directly to your PC via a USB lead, or via Wi-Fi (the WPS wireless setup routine was especially swift and accurate), and there are inputs at the front for both flash cards and the most common memory card types. Unfortunately there’s no automatic duplex facility, which many multifunction competitors include as standard – but the machine does have an intelligent paper sensor which saves time on pre-programming the menu.

Kodak have, of course, been market leaders when it comes to low ink replacement costs and you won’t be disappointed here. Likewise, we were highly impressed with the faithfulness, clarity and colour saturation of both scanned and copied photos, as well as the solidity of normal black text documents.

Speed of delivery, on the other hand, is on the slow side, with normal colour documents rolling out in just 4ppm, black text documents 6ppm and even draft colour documents at no more than 13.5ppm. Standard quality A4 photos emerge in a more reasonable 2mins with the smaller 15x10cm prints in 35s.

There’s a fun extra included with this printer that will appeal to gadget lovers – a pair of 3D glasses of the old type (red and green lenses). Using the bundled Kodak AiO Home Centre software you can create and view your own 3D photos. Another neat extra is the downloadable Kodak Pic Flick app, which lets you print directly from your smart phone.

Company: Kodak

Website: http://www.kodak.com/

Contact: Kodak on 01442 261122

Positives
  • Low ink consumption and WPS Wi-Fi.
Negative
  • Slow print speeds; no auto duplex feature.

Verdict

The Kodak ESP Office 2170 multifunction printer has a solid set of features, good Wi-Fi connection, low ink consumption and above-average print quality, as well as a few fun and handy extras. However, slow print speeds and the lack of auto duplex might cause some to hesitate.