Kodak has two new all-in-one printers, the EasyShare 7 (“ESP7″) and the EasyShare 9 (“ESP9″). The ESP7 and ESP9 showcase Kodak’s promise of the lowest ink replacement cost in the industry. MSRP on black ink is $9.99 and color ink is $14.99. Those prices are pretty reasonable. Other goals for these printers are lab-quality prints and easy to use.
This printer, scanner, copier boasts two 4×6” photo prints per minute, 30 color pages and 32 black only pages per minute. With a 3” color LCD display, 2-sided print options, Wi-Fi and Ethernet printing and a paper tray system that automatically adjusts to paper size, the home user might feel spoiled. The ES7 is priced at $199.99.
The ESP9 is the ESP7 on steroids intended for the home office. This multifunction machine contains a printer, scanner, copier and fax capabilities. The ESP9 has the same page per minute print speed, the same secure Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, intelligent paper tray system and the same double-sided printing as the ESP7.
Here’s the so much more: an automatic document feeder and an industry first 10” one touch control panel LCD screen that lets the user view, edit and print without a computer. Just insert a memory card into the appropriate slot. Those extra features tack on another $100 to the price, making the ESP9 $299.
Other goals for these printers are lab-quality prints and easy to use.
I have yet to see a print made from these two machines to compare to my photo lab’s prints, but I have not seen any complaints about the print quality yet. Kodak relies on their Kodacolor Technology to produce the prints: a combination of their ink, papers, color and image technology and special print head.
Easy to Use
Visit Kodak’s href=”http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=13658/7269&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=8046″ title=”Knowledge Center”>Knowledge Center section on the product pages of the ESP7 or ESP9 and you will see that things have not been easy for everyone. Page upon page is filled with people sharing their headaches over the machines.
I am a firm believer that if it is a machine, someone is going to have trouble with it sometime. You can not have technology and innovations without some speed bumps. And the headache comes from an inanimate object not working the way we expect. Sometimes that is not the machine’s fault.
If these printers look good to you, just wait. It gets better. From now til the end of the year, Kodak is offering a promotion on any all in one: get $50 off an all in one when you buy any digital camera. Happy holidays anyone?
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