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Rating 2.8 out of 5 stars with 196 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SHIZAM! - I Had ESP When I Bought The ESP7!!!

    Posted
    HazyDavy

    Just got it and absolutely love it so far - and I'm real picky. I read all the reviews and frankly don't understand the negative ones as my experience is totally different. BOUGHT - On Web and despite being told it might be 14 days to delivery, it was here in 6 with a weekend and New Years Day in the middle. I also bought the 4 x 6 pic paper package. I already have Kodak 8 x 11 paper. I DID NOT buy the USB 2.0 cable as I already had ones and they worked fine so you don't need the one they sell if you have one - or at least I didn't. SETUP - This was easy and well illustrated. It does take a while but it happens. I set it up for USB on a Windows Vista and XP PC and it went smoothly. Right now, I have to switch USB plugs to use the other PC but I'll add a switch later. Can't find the User Manual in the software so far but I downloaded the PDF of it from this website so I got it anyway. PRINT QUALITY - Absolutely don't understand some complaints. I challenged mine immediately and printed some toughies direct from Corel onto 8 x 11s and they were more than fine. Black as deep black and the colors were vibrant and distinct. Printed several 4 x6s and the same thing but these were done through Kodak's software. Based on my tests, and some were of some old pics I had recently paid a lot of money to have done at a major retail camera store's lab, this turned out better pics and of course, the price is unbeatable. Being able to tweak the pics before printing and seeing the results so I'd know if I wanted them is huge. As is that they printed as they looked on the screen. So, I wasted my money at the camera store - but no more! I couldn't be more pleased. TASKBAR MONITOR - Love this. Just click it and it tells you how much paper is in each tray and what the ink levels are, plus, I think you can click "Order" and go right to Kodak's site to order more if you need it. Kodak's prices are low too but so are Best Buys. KOADK EDITING SOFTWARE - This has great tools and is so easy to use and it shows the effect right away so you can quickly play around with making pics look better. I haven't tried using the screen on the machine so I can't say how well that works nor pluggin in cards and printing directly from them. I will probably work it mostly through the PC. THE NOISE ISSUE - Yes, it does make noise and maybe a little more than my former HP inkjet but it's not a big deal. It makes a lot less noise than a microwave, so at least I know it's working! Besides, I usually have a TV on or the stereo on so, it could make a lot more noise before it would be a problem for me. All my printers make noise (color laser and regular laser) so I don't expect less and this one doesn't exceed those. Frankly, if it made no noise, I kinda wouldn't trust it, you know. For me, it's not a problem but I thought I'd address it since others did. SEPARATE OUTPUT TRAY - It would be nice if it had one but this is easy to work around with the feedback monitor so you keep the paper trays filled before printing and printing doesn't take long anyway. To add a separate tray would only make the machine bigger and to me, the trade off isn't worth it. All machines and software, no matter how well desgined, involve work-arounds of some kind and this one is no big deal. THOSE INK PRICES - Too soon to tell if it will deliver as promised but since it's sold on that basis, it has too deliver. But it sounds like, since I just got it, it will be quite some time and a whole lot of pics before I'll need to experience buying more ink at lower prices and I can't wait till I get to enjoy that reality! CONCLUSION - You can't do better for the price than this ESP7 - Hands down a winner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I have had this for 6 months - Here is my review.

    Posted
    JMonarch

    I read so many of the printer reviews on this unit. Its a shame you will NOT find anything positive on this printer line from national websites or from competitors. Many of the 1 star reviews are fictitious so consider it for yourself and make up your own mind. Visit a Bestbuy to see it in action. you will be impressed. I based the purchase of mine on the private reviewers website and end user reviews and my now own personal review after purchasing and using it for 6 months. It is quite revolutionary the methods they used in making this printer and using DYE vs. ink. Dye is archival (100+ years), less is needed for brilliancy of colors. The other manufactures are simply out matched as far as I am concerned. I use to have HP photo printers and upgraded to the Cannon 9000 photo. which is still fantastic. BUT the cost of ink was killing me ($80 each round). Kodaks dye is $22 for a complete pack. Setting it up: Running XP with SP3 it took about 15 minutes to install. The kodak software (which allows you to create scrapbooks and cute frames) didn't work but all I wanted to do was print a doc and some pics. What takes the software a long time to load is the .NET software from microsoft. So if you have that installed it should go quickly - if not it will auto install it for you. On my other PC I ran the install from the website software and again it installed .NET and it took about 20 minutes. don't for get to reboot too. I had the printer set up on wireless. It found it no probs. Printing seemed much faster to me than others. The colors were great. After printing the first pic, i put it on it's flatbed scanner and printed again to a 4x6 photo paper. you could hardly tell (in fact you wouldn't tell unless you compared it to the original). Printing to 8x10 paper (as a regular printer) was really fast and accurate. I scanned a document and it went right to my computer. No hassle or configurations. I would say the speed of a color photo is about 45 secs and the standard printer was about 5-7 seconds. Due to the cost and efficiency for the ink. I let me 5 year old daughter print her "fun pages" from nick jr.. I also let my nanny print a box of photos (80 cnt). I bought it for Christmas and now it's mid june. I am about to buy my third Black cartridge and I just installed my third color cartridge. I love the wireless, the cost of the ink, the scanner, the front display and the controls, the speed of printing, the card readers (all formats including compact flash!!!!!), the auto trays (pre load both paper and photo - no switching) and the price of the unit. MY ONLY complaints are it's kind of mechanically loud when the it starts up. But we do leave it on all the time (it sleeps after an hour). Its a good size printer kind of awkward. The tray design - if your not careful the paper can get pushed too far in - It's jammed on me once in the past 6 months. The recommended photo paper seems thinner but it is much less expensive. When it's in an album or frame it looks perfect. The big money maker sites and reviewers out there don't like this product. To me it was hands down a winner (at least for me - Joe Consumer). I have recommended this to friends and they all love it too. I would buy this again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EXCEEDED my expectations!

    Posted
    tuffstuff504

    I use this printer in my office, (I print a LOT of documents!) And I loved this printer so much, I ended up buying an EXTRA one-- FOR HOME! Setup was a breeze! In both my home and work office, I have wireless 802.11N installed, and this printer prints without hesitation! Insert the CD, install the printhead, the inks, and paper, and in about 15 minutes, I was ready to print!! This product is REALLY simple, and EASY to use. It's so easy, my 7year old newphew knows "how to make copies"! I was really hesitant upon initial purchase, because of the other reviews, but I've experienced the absolute opposite. Although it's loud, it's nothing that you wouldn't expect for a printer. I mean, what is it supposed to do, print in complete silence? This isn't a printer monk! Ink so SOO cheap, I'm not even tempted to "refill" or buy "re-manufactured" inks. The quality of my prints come out so crisp, and photos are absolutely vivid and as sharp as can be. My clients don't even know that these photos are done right in my office! The printer is GREAT at printing on BOTH sides of paper with the included duplex printing accessory and it's speedy print speeds definitely can keep up with my 6 computer print needs and office! (We all just wish it had a bigger plain paper tray!) We almost went color laser, but with the low cost of consumables, we stuck with Kodak, and we're glad we did! At home the kids can print as many things as they like and I don't hesitate to offer them more ink and paper since it's so cheap! Copying, scanning, and even printing is a breeze and the fact that I can scan to a USB drive RIGHT FROM THE PRINTER is a plus! WE CAN ACTUALLY DO IT RIGHT FROM THE NETWORK WIRELESSLY!! Another thing I love is that this is the ONLY printer I've ever used with a built in paper level sensor! It ACTUALLY TELLS ME WHEN I'M LOW or OUT OF PAPER BEFORE THE PRINTJOB! Each computer gets the little "inkjet monitor" and with the click of a mouse, I can check the levels of the ink AND paper right from the computer! And dont worry!! I don't need to remind the printer that I'm using photo paper! It automatically KNOWS what type of paper it is whether it be photo vs. regular paper! AND IT HOLDS 5x7 and 4x6 paper in the top tray!! So I don't have to take ALL the regular paper OUT!! One thing though is that I wish it had a larger paper tray. At my OFFICE, I set the printer in draft mode, and truthfully, almost printed a WHOLE REAM of paper before the black cartridge went out in DRAFT MODE! The color cartridge is no exception! It's great as well! I could just go on and on. In fact, another thing is that the printer tells you on the main screen the signal quality of the wireless router signal as well. I could just go on and on, but overall, I'm glad I stuck to my intuitions and bought this product DESPITE the negative reviews I read. It's a winner in my HOUSE and my OFFICE! THANK YOU BEST BUY and KODAK!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost All in Oner

    Posted
    AvgEd
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I recently purchased the Kodak ESP7 "All-in-One" Printer. I quess I should have stopped to ponder what functions an "all-in-one printer" provides. I was in a rush to replace my ink guzzling (and very tempermental) Lexmark X125 Printer "All-in-One" printer, so I didn't spend as much time vetting replacement printers as I should have. All I had in mind when I went shopping for a replacement printer was that I wanted an "upgrade" to my old Lexmark printer, whose ink cartridges would dry up and clog too quickly after a period of non-use and whose paper tray would not feed well. Toward the end, it got so bad, I had too feed it one sheet of paper at a time. So I went out and looked for a printer with all the lastest features: wireless, "low cost of ownership" and "all-in one printing". Price was a concern, so I did not want to spend more then a $150. The only printer that fit my needs was the Kodak ESP7. It seemed to be exactly what I was looking for... sleek, stylish, low price, low cost inks, and "all-in one" features. I borught it home and hooked it up (cabled to my desktop and wireless for my laptop). Hook-up and software set-up was relatively straight forward. I was up and running in about an hour. After printing out a few documents, I found myself in need of faxing a document. To my surprise (and disappointment) there was no way of faxing my document. Kodak failed to mention that that feature was not included in their "all-in-one" printer. The box never advertised this feature, I guess I just presumed that "fax" was one of those features all "all-in-one" printers have. My crummy Lexmark X125 had it, I assumed my new Kodak printer would have it too. I wound up having to dig out my old Lexmark printer and using the fax function on it to finish the job. Now I have two printers in my office to perform all the work I need to do. All-in-all, I like the Kodak ESP7 but I'm not in love with it. It is sleek and stylish, yet a bit loud and clunky sounding. To date, I have only had 2 or 3 print failures due to paper misfeeds. That's okay I quess but I would expect a brand new machine to run flawlessly for the first several months. I was kind of looking forward to running out to the field and having a smash-n-bash party with my old Lexmark printer (reminescent of the Office Party scene) but I guess that won't be happening, as I have to hang on to it for those ocasional fax needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Correct Review of great printer/scanner

    Posted
    NcGnuRider
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    As a CIS (info systems) Major with years of working for a computer manufacturer (not Kodak), I have quite a bit of experience with many different printers/scanners. First the cons: there is no fax on this model. If you still need a fax, then this is not for you (I don't). The pros: the wireless was easy to setup. The print quality is excellent, and if it is not great out of the box there are tools to adjust and fine-tune the printer. The scanner and the printer are easy to use from both a computer on the network, or from the printer itself. The printer has a small color screen, but it is large enough to make adjustments without cutting the computer on, if printing from a flash drive or memory card. There are many options, such as a USB port and card reader, which allows for flexibility in getting images to the printer. You can also connect a laptop directly to the printer via USB without changing setup options, which is very handy. Also, there are two trays so you can keep photo stock and regular paper loaded. The best feature, however, is the cartridge replacement cost. You can replace all of the ink for under $30, compared to an HP Photosmart which can run close to $90. Also, it is pigment-based, not ink, so prints will not fade over time. According to Kodak, they will last for over 100 years; obviously I can't speak first hand about this. It is true the first set of cartridges will not last long, as they are starter cartridges, but this is common practice for every major printer company. I put much research into this purchase (bought at Best Buy), and after having this for over a year, I am very happy. I really wanted to write this review to clear up issues written about by other posters; I believe their lack of computer ability is far more of a problem than the product, which is great (putting it kindly). So to sum up- Cons: no fax, the included editing software could be better (I don't use it as there are great free programs out there). Pros: good speed, very easy to setup and use, very flexible in all aspects of use, excellent operating costs, advantages of pigment vs ink cartridges, overall great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Multifunction Printer

    Posted
    Jonato

    I purchased this printer to replace a Canon Multifunction printer, as I wanted the benefit of wifi printing and the cost savings of Kodak ink. The print quality on this printer is great, the scan quality is ok compared to the Canon. Scanning a photo on both machines, the Canon is a bit more bright and the quality a bit better, but just a minimal amount, and deferentially not a deal breaker. Using the Wifi, you can not only print but also scan your photo's, no wired needed. This feature is left off the product details, and is a step above many of the other wifi printers available. It has a power saver mode, so you can leave it on and it will go to sleep (you set the amount of time before it enters this mode), but comes back to full function the second you send a signal to the printer. The printer holds both regular paper and 4x6 photo paper at the same time, so it is always ready to print what ever you are printing. Also to note, you can set it to automatically print on both sides of the paper, and this feature works great (called duplexer). I think this is a great step up for kodak, and you can't beat the ink cost. I do wish the scan quality was lab quality, as the print quality is. If you are wanting a scanner that will produce 100% original quality photos, you will probably want to pass on this multifunction, but in general, you will probably want to skip on any multifunction and go with a stand alone printer and stand alone scanner. If you are looking for a all in one machine that works as it is marketed, this is a the printer for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    UNNEEDED HEADACHE

    Posted
    mreason150

    I purchased the Kodak ESP 7 printer. I first want to add that I am tech savy. I'm not out of touch with technology. I'm 28 and very dissatisfied. I was very excited about this purchase. I took it home and unpacked it, went through getting it set up, and the problems began. I tried to solve the problem myself by dealing with the situation as well as going online and doing some computer changes. I tried downloading the things I was told to. After about 3 hours of dealing with this, I called customer service. My wait time was 45 min. That started me off on a bad foot, but I also understand that sometimes that may happen. Once I did get onto the phone with someone, she kept putting me on hold, then coming back with an answer. When I asked another question, she would put me on hold and then come back after some time. One time specifically, she put me on hold for 5 min. She told me at one point that I needed to download another program. I did that and it worked. Then I tried printing and it printed poor quality pictures. I thought that it might be the ink so I printed a couple more. Same problem. So I let it set for a little bit and tried again. This time... I had the same problen that I had a the beginning. After being on the phone with her for 1 hr 30 min. I got off of the phone, packed up the printer, took it back to the store, purchased the other brand and computer I was looking at, had no problems getting this product to work and have had no problems with it what-so-ever. This experiance has pushed me to inform others of my horrible experience and to write a review with Best Buy. I do not feel that if you have a product that does not work corretly and you much download other products to get your service to run, include that in your instructions or online service. I had to get bonjour and it didn't tell me that online or in the manual/instructions. Kodak should do more testing with its products before sending it to market. I will never purchase a Kodak product again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    And AiO Printer that comes with headaches

    Posted
    Ultramilkwai

    I owned this type of printer for almost a year (got it Oct. 21st, 2008) I had to call Kodak and replace it twice. And I would have to say avoid this printer. Although the print quality is very good (I don't print too many pictures, but the pictures usually are excellent quality when I do), there are a lot of downsides to this printer. I believe saying this printer is an invitation to many headaches is the best way to put it. First of all, it takes forever to print! Don't be deceived by being able to print up to 32 ppm like I did. Maybe if you try to print out about 500 pages at once, it might hit that number. This printer takes FAR too long to set up before printing. When I hit print, the printer takes a good minute to set up before it actually prints and even when it starts prints a regular black document, it'll take about 4 seconds per pieces of paper on average. Secondly, this printer is INCREDIBLY loud. Let's just say the family living on the floor below us were not too pleased when I have this printer printing at 11 at night. Thirdly, this printer have paper jams like there is no tomorrow. No joke, and once the problem was so severe that I had to call Kodak and have them send me another printer. Yes, the paper literally jammed and could not be removed even when following the steps on their website on how to remove the paper jam. I don't know how it happened, it just did. As stated above, this is my 3rd Kodak ESP7. The first one broke down after 7 months of use because of the severe paper jam. The second one simply broke down and would not function properly anymore. It would "try" to print. And I ended up with half of a document or a blank sheet of paper (yes I replaced the printhead too). I recommend you to stay away from this printer. It's just a headache unless you like speaking with Kodak technicians. They're very friendly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I WOULD NOT "EVER" RECOMMEND THIS PRINTER

    Posted
    flameboy1042

    II WOULD NOT "EVER" RECOMMEND THIS PRINTER TO A STUDENT OR ANYONE WHO DOESN"T USE THEIR PRINTER ALMOST EVERYDAY! I purchased this product from BB in CA about 2 months ago. I have had to call Kodak at least 4 times w/o any resolution over the WiFi connectivity issues; however I troublshooted it myself and found that if your printer IP address is static set for a lower integer than your computer's IP then everything will be fine; otherwise it's a never ending Troubleshoot of off/on procedures until you accidently make that happen. The ink is "special" because according to a Kodak representative it is made out of a pigment that "requires" regular use or it will dry out. In my experience I have already had to buy replacement ink and I have barely printed out 50 or so pages due to this "drying out". Some value, huh? Also, apparently , due to irregular use, the printhead itself has this pigment "dry" on it and cause printing isues. I am currently awaiting a printhead replacement in order to resovle this issue. Not only that but because of numerous "print troubleshoots" my ink levels on my second cartridges are already at 30/25%. Kodak has adopted a new policy "no matter what they will not give out printer ink to customers reguarding mechanical issues", but the representative was happy to offer me some color photo paper for my trouble. Remember I have only had this printer for 2 months. If you are a print happy photo loving fool, then this is the printer for you, otherwise I'd suggest anything from the HP PSC family as that is going to be my fallback printer. I have had the PSC1600 for a couple YEARS now and the only thing wrong with it is my daughter broke the print catch tray off of it. It doesn't have Wifi so I'll be back to cables, but at least I can take a vacation w/o having to buy more ink.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Wireless Printer--Easy

    Posted
    okiefarmer

    I opened the box and saw,Start Here, in bold type. If you do that all will be well. I unpacked the printer and followed the picture instructions easily. If you can read and match pictures(like remove orange tape here) you will have an easy time. Once I had the print head and ink cartridges installed I pugged it in and followed on screen instructions. The only bobble was that I had to remember my wireless network password. I am using a US Robotics router and 2 laptops,one gateway with XP Pro and a Dell with XP home. After printing a test page,before installing on computers I thought the hard part was over. I spent about 5 minutes on each laptop trying to get them to open the installation cd. I got an error message saying that it was not a 32 bit file. I checked the website and found where I could download the drivers and started that going. I called the 800 number and after listening to the options pressed #4 for other problems with ESP 7 and 9's. Shandra answered after about 15 seconds and walked me through the downloading and set-up. After starting the system installer it took about 30-40 minutes on each laptop to download. After it finished downloading it automatically detected the printer and I have printed both pictures and documents with both laptops with no problems. I also used the card reader option to print several pictures just playing with settings. The ESP 7 is the best picture quality printer I have used since buying my first printer in 1995. In summary, read the directions and it should work. Be prepared to download drivers if using XP. Make sure your computer has the minimum requirements met or you will have problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the upgrade

    Posted
    colander
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I try not to be harsh of fellow peer reviews but seriously...are people that technologically impaired? I'll be a geek here and quote "Assimilate or die." Seriously, though, the ease of setup on this machine has been the best to date. Guess it also helped I was upgrading from my ESP-3. My Kodak software was already on the computer so all I had to do was update the driver software for the ESP-7, plug in my printer, connect it to my network and boom! Wireless printing in less than five minutes. This makes things so much easier for me, and trading in an old Epson printer of mine helped me get another $50 off the $150 sale price. Wireless all-in-one with automatic double-sided printing and some of the cheapest ink cost around for $100? One of the best deals ever! Hopefully this doesn't have the same issue as my ESP-3 with the printhead, as I had to replace it twice in one year. The process to replace it was painless and quick (five minute online questionnaire), but being without a printer for 3-5 days is a bit of a nuisance. Luckily the replacement is free and quick, so if it does happen I'm not too worried. My suggestion? Report a bad printhead anyway and have a backup just in case. My only qualm with this printer is the noise, as others have stated. It has a loud startup and maintenance routine -- big freakin' deal. I'm not doing printing in the middle of the night and even if I was, my printer is nowhere near a point of inconvenience. I'm glad I upgraded. Oh, and did I mention the photo prints on this beast? Amazing! Just as good as the ones you can get from Kiosks, and cheaper too. These Kodak machines have made things much easier for me professionally, personally, and academically. I'd recommend this to anyone! You'd be a fool to ignore it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this printer

    Posted
    Edwin8

    I purchased this printer from Best Buy a few weeks ago after researching several models. I was looking for a printer that would also scan documents and print good quality photos. I chose this model based on a number of positive reviews regarding ease of use, print quality, and the low cost of ink. The installation instructions were easy to follow and I was making my first prints within about 30 minutes. ( I should note that I am using a USB connection and have not tried the wifi). Printing basic documents takes a little more time than our older HP 722, but I like that it can print two-sided documents. I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the photographic prints. I see very little difference between prints from the ESP7 and commercial prints. The color reproduction is not perfect, although this is less noticeable in natural light (metamerism). I did the initial calibration with the 8.5x11 paper sample that came with the printer, but I suspect that better quality paper would result in a better calibration. The software that comes with the printer is easy to use and has a simple and intuitive user interface. The image processing included in the software is very basic, which is fine for me, but higher level users will likely want to use Photoshop or something similar. My only complaint is that the software has crashed several times. After using this printer for nearly a month, I am very happy with how well it works and the quality of the photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it

    Posted
    Wheezie

    We were pretty disappointed with this printer, right from go. Installing from the CD is pretty much a waste of time - if you do buy this printer, choose the option to install from Kodak's website (with the "newest" updates or whatever). If you're running it wireless, you will still need a USB connector to get "updates", which are needed to make the printer work properly (and you have to buy the USB cable separately, so be forewarned). The biggest problem we had with it was when trying to print 5.5 x 8.5 - it would print a few just fine, then suddenly trigger a Wrong Paper SIze error. After several attempts to troubleshoot the problem ourselves (using Kodak's guide), we spent over 2 hours online with tech support (since they don't give you a phone number at all). They basically cut and pasted from the troubleshooting guide (so that was useless) and instructed us to practically dis-assemble the whole printer to "clean the rollers" - this after only having used the printer for 20 to 30 documents and it being less than a month old. We were told to keep the printer free of dust, debris, heat, sun, basically the thing needs to be in a hermetically sealed case for it to function properly. After cleaning the rollers, we got about 5 more pages printed and the problem started again. We returned it and exchanged for the less expensive HP C4795. After printing a few of our smaller sized pages on the HP, we can tell that the color on the Kodak was sub-par. Shocking, since you'd think the print quality, at the very least, would be superior. Thumbs down on this one - it's not worth the supposed savings in ink. Not by a long shot.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    What a pain!

    Posted
    camperstamperbarb

    After reading mostly positive reviews,I bought this printer in January 2009. Had to search several weeks, every BB in the greater PHX area, to find one. Live full time in a 5th wheel RV so wanted to eliminate separate scanner and printer. The first problem was the owner's manual was only in French. The last print job of my old printer was to print out the owner's manual in English from the Kodak web site. Installation took all afternoon, but was fianlly accomplished using a USB cord. The WIFI set up was too complicated. Initially, the print quality and use of cartridges was excellent. Now, however, I am constantly running the maintenance features just to get it to print. Even after printing several pages in a day, it will suddenly put out blank pages and then hours and ink are wasted trying to get it to print again. I print nearly every day, but still have this all too prevelant problem. Also, when printing test pages after trying all the other maintenance functions, it will quit before completing the page. Sometimes lifting the top of the unit will make it start up and eject the paper. Sometimes, I have to pull the power plug to get it to reset. It is a big pain overall. I am on my 4th set of cartridges already. I used to go 6 months or more on my old HP with the same volume of printing. I don't usually print 4x6 photos, but because it is easy on this printer with the 2 trays, and I got a good deal on Kodak 4x6 paper, I have printed a lot of these photos and they do come out well. Don't buy this printer unless you have a high tolerance for frustration and a lot of time to mess around with it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Big Disappointment

    Posted
    TMD95

    I was very excited about purchasing this printer for several reasons. The wireless capability, ink saving feature and low replacement ink costs. I should have known trouble was on the horizon when I took the printer out of the box and only had instructions in FRENCH. Luckily, I have installed a few printers before so this didn't concern me so much. The install and set up went fairly smoothly. The first thing that surprised me was how loud the printer was. I've had HP's and a Dell printer and they were never this loud. Again, I could get past this since printers generally make noise anyway. So I proceeded to print my first document. Imagine my surprise when the paper came out blank. I then decided since it was a first use to clean the printhead. I reprinted and everything appeared fine. I was satisfied with the quality. I had only printed a couple pages on the first day I had the printer. On the second day, I went back to do some additional document printing. Imagine my surprise again when the printer would not print. Blank pages again. This is basically the theme. Everytime the printer sits idle I have to clean the print head. I have spent more time calling Kodak only to be told to clean the printhead, take the ink cartridges out or the printhead out and put them back in. At this point I am almost out of ink because I have mostly printed calibration pages or test pages after performing all these steps. Talk about a total disapointment. I had high hopes for the printer. I will be returning the printer to the store....it's more trouble than it's worth. I am going back to HP!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Printer is OK, not the greatest.

    Posted
    Shane2499

    After reading some reviews I thought I would like this printer and I also had a recommendation from a guy I work with to get this one. I had some issues getting it setup. I set it up wirelessly with my desktop and laptop, it took a whole 5 or 10 minutes or so with no problems what so ever. But when trying to setup my laptop the software could not find the printer, so I coudlnt get it to finish the setup. I spent about 3 or so hours in an online chat with Kodak trying to finish the setup with no success. The last guy said I needed to do advance troubleshooting and to call tech support. So I did that and of course you couldnt barely understand the person because they barely speak English so I jsut hung up. I ended up going through the add printer wizard and got it setup on my own. Other than that I havent had any problems. I've printer a number of pictures and the quality is excellent. I do recommend to use at least the premium photo paper for big pictures. I use the Ultra since the paper is thicker and it holds the amount of ink better for photos. It's kinda noisy and slow but I think thats just because its a inkjet printer and not a laser printer. I dont think its any louder than a typical inkjet pritner so its not that big of a deal for me. Between the good quality and the cheaper cartridge replacements I can deal with the minor cons I listed. But if I had to do it over again I would probably find a laser printer with the same benefits, so for that reason I'm going to say that I dont recommend this pritner.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Printer, a bit loud though

    Posted
    Dave0317

    I Just bought the ESP7 today, and set up was a breeze, even the WiFi capabilities. As long as you know your WiFi network security password, you shouldn't have any problems getting this up and running on your wireless network. This printer has some great features for it's price point. Wireless capability, quality scanning, and a built in duplexer! I didn't even see on the product description that this had double sided printing capabilities which is odd. That's kind of a big deal, and a great "green" feature. Setting up the printer to automatically print on both sides of the paper is a piece of cake in the printing preferences. I've installed the software on both of my laptop's and my desktop PC. There hasn't been any issues printing wirelessly. Gotta love that. The only thing I've noticed so far that disappoints me is how LOUD the printer is. Holy cow...thanks to the wifi, I can at least set it up in the laundry room or something. If you're looking for something really quiet, this won't be the printer for you. The print quality may be a shade under some of the HP models out there too, but I haven't printed any actual photo's yet. Even so, and with the less than desirable decibel level (it actually woke my wife up from a cat nap), I'd give the printer an overall 4 rating (for now - I just set it up a few hours ago). The features, including inexpensive ink, wireless capability, built in duplex printing, and superb scanning, make this printer a great deal for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality printer - multiple problems.

    Posted
    Aaron64

    Add me to the long list of reviewers who experienced multiple problems with this printer. 1) While it did connect to my wireless network easily, the printer would go into an idle state and not wake up when a print job was submitted, so I would have to power off/on every time I wanted to print. A firmware upgrade may have resolved this, but other problems occurred before I could get the upgrade. 2) After not printing for about a day, it did not print anything except a few orange splotches. Had to re-calibrate in order to get it to print. 3) Then, the infamous Paper Jam. No paper was in the printer, but it went into an eternal Paper Jam state. After spending time talking to a Kodak help-line employee from India about the firmware, I did not want to spend more time on the phone to resolve a phantom Paper Jam. I returned the printer 8 days after purchase and exchanged for an HP. The returns associate had seen many of these returned before for the Paper Jam problem. In my opinion, this printer is an embarassment to Kodak. I trusted their brand and was bamboozled by their low-cost ink marketing. I recommend no one purchase this printer. In addition to the problems listed above, the paper tray assembly is very flimsy and prone to breakage, and the paper capacity is very low. Print quality was OK but not as good as my older HP PhotoSmart. The best part of this experience was the quick, pain free exchange by my local Best Buy. Kudos to their return/exchange policy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Know Why You Had Problems

    Posted
    ZLOCO1

    I have wanted the ESP 7 for a while and when I saw the sale price I jumped at the opportunity. I have an HP Photosmart 8250 which I have always been completely pleased with but wanted the ESP 7 for wireless capabilities and to reduce my cost of color picture printing which I have no doubt it will do. I purchased the unit and hooked it up. It took no time at all to hook the printer up and install the software that came with the unit, install the print head and cartridges and get the printer connected to two separate desktop computers and two separate laptop computers. Each computer and laptop found the WIFI printer in seconds and printed the test page as I requested it to do so immediately. Of course it is noisy but a little less noisy than my Photosmart. It is an inkjet printer and these printers are usually noisy. I am also very impressed with the LCD on the printer. Very bright and easy to read and the function panel is not overloaded with buttons making it easier to use and understand. One problem I had at times with my HP was that it seemed it sometimes had a problem finding the 4x6 photo paper in the tray. This printer did so without any problems which I truly was happy about. I am looking forward to a long and happy relationship (lol) with my new printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great AIO Printer - Do Not know why all the bad re

    Posted
    mfraserorl

    I read all the reviews on this site and others and it was either really good or really bad. I had to try this printer for myself. Bought printer form store rather that having it shipped. Printer came packaged extremely well. All paper trays, scanner lids, ink cartridge carriage were are strapped with tape to insure damage free delivery. Setup from opeing box to configuring on first Desktop PC was about 20 minutes. Used wireless connectivity to install printer. No problem attaching to our home network using 128-bit encr. with HEX security code entered into front control panel of printer. Installation of drivers was a snap directly from CD included with printer. Printed first picture within 20 minutes of opening box. I do not consider that to be too much. I am an IT professional who has worked with all printer technologies from the last 25 years. This printer does not require a lot of knowledge to setup. I am not sure what everyone is complaining about. Install pack looked for updated drivers and installed what it needed. Printer is a little noisier than most, but is the claims of Kodak that this printer will significantly same you on ink costs, I can pt up with a little noise. The Black/Color combo sells for $22. Compare that to the $56 I was spending on a combo for my Lexmark X1180. I think that this will be a fine printer for home. I would even consider it for a desk printer or small workgroup printer in an office. Nice job Kodak.

    I would recommend this to a friend