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Kodak ESP 3250 review

£66.94 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Kodak

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One colour inkjet multifunction printer is very inexpensive, and it prints superior images on photo paper. Otherwise, it is an average-quality, rather slow machine, appropriate for light-duty school or home use.

The Kodak ESP 3250 All-in-One colour inkjet multifunction printer is very inexpensive, and it prints superior images on photo paper. Otherwise, it is an average-quality, rather slow machine, appropriate for light-duty school or home use.

The Kodak ESP 3250's configuration is modest. The 1.5in LCD screen on the top panel is small but legible. Its menus and control buttons are intuitive, as is Kodak's Home Center printing/copying/scanning software. The single, 100-sheet front input tray also catches printed output, up to 50 sheets (per Kodak); this design, common among low-cost printers, is tolerable but messy. The single media slot takes MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, and SD Card.

We noticed just a few oddities. First, duplexing is manual on the PC, with help from the driver and the front-panel display - but on the Mac, you get zero help aside from Kodak's support site, where an awkward workaround is documented in detail. Second, setting the scan area when the borders were close to the Kodak ESP 3250 unit's maximum 11.5-by-8.5in area was a bit tricky and required a lot of zooming and scrolling.

The Kodak ESP 3250 is decently constructed. A roller insert in the back of the machine eases the clearing of paper jams (we suffered none). Ink-cartridge manipulation is a breeze. The prop arm for the scanner unit wiggled at the joint when we tugged at it, though. And since the scanner lid hinges have only one pivot point, they cannot rise to accommodate books or other thicker items.

In our performance tests, the Kodak ESP 3250 performed slowly for the most part, outputting just 4.4 pages per minute printing text, and 2.5 ppm printing graphics. Samples we printed on plain paper were adequate: Text came out charcoal rather than black, and images sometimes seemed grainy. Once we switched to Kodak's own photo paper, however, the same images looked amazing - on a par with or better than the output of the Canon Pixma MP560 and the HP Photosmart Plus, depending on the test. Scan and copy performance were good overall, as well.

The Kodak ESP 3250's ink costs are the lowest in the industry. Included in the box are standard-size supplies: a 442-page black cartridge and a 219-page, unified, five-colour cartridge. In the colour cartridge are cyan, magenta, yellow, and photo-black inks, as well as a clear protective coating. Unfortunately, the need to buy special paper to get the best results offsets those low ink costs somewhat.

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Kodak ESP 3250 Expert Verdict »

Kodak ESP-3250 Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 412 reviews
Printer/copier/scanner
inkjet colour photo printer
1.5in display
Print from memory card
422x300x175mm
6.4kg
supports Memory Stick, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, miniSD, Memory Stick PRO, SDHC Memory Card
Copying
Max Document Enlargement: 400%, Max Document Reduction: 20%
Maximum Copies: 99
BorderFree copying
6-ink printing
CIS Scan Element
Optical Resolution: 1200dpi
Standard Media Capacity: 100 sheets
USB
EPA Energy Star Compliant
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Kodak ESP 3250 will work nicely for anyone who averages perhaps 10 to 25 text pages a day and values photo quality over other printing tasks. Its ink costs can't be beat, but other printers do a better job on a wider variety of media.

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