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  • 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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good printer for the money

    Posted
    notaredneckfromthesouth
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    What I like- The price is fair and the picture quality is very good. The ink dries quickly and the Kodak TruColor feature is also nice. When using the WiFi, it saves on the cost of purchasing a USB cable. The updates can be done wirelessly. The printer status is also monitored wirelessly and gives a status report each time it is turned on. What I don't like- Sometimes the wireless connection is lost but this has only happened once or twice and isn't really a major issue. When one turns the printer on it is noisy, almost to the point it sounds like it is self-destructing. The printing process is a little slow but again, not a major issue. The printing quality is good so that compensates for the speed. The color ink does use up quickly, but not as fast as most of these reviews would lead one to believe. Overall- Don't believe the negative hype. This is a good printer for the money. From past experience, most users don't know what they are doing with new technology and most issues come from user error rather than from the equipment. When one purchases this product, be sure to update the firmware. One would think this goes without saying, but it is a safe bet many consumer's problems are due to not reading the instructions and doing the 5 min update. As for the printer head, the manual states explicitly to not touch the metal part on the head. This is a safe purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product...so far

    Posted
    Patrick1701
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased this printer when I was in Best Buy yesterday. I was looking for a replacement for my HP which had given me years of service but now was becoming a nuisance with constant paper jams. I was amazed that only two manufacturers had front feed and eject zones for the paper. They were the HP and this Kodak. Since I have limited space for a printer and it must go on a pull out tray, I am somewhat limited as to what can be purchased. This unit was within the confines of that space, large enough for all purposes and small enough for this space. While I was looking at this product with a Best Buy rep the Kodak rep came over and stated that there was a $50 discount for bringing in my old printer. Calling my wife I immediately said "why not". I purchased it and brought it home and set it up. It was easy to set up for my Mac Pro and it went right to work. It is a nice, functional, sleek looking unit with easy to read displays and lights. A side note that the rep stated that this unit had earlier problems with the print head but that had been corrected. She gave me an extra one just in case. Overall I am pleased with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    Posted
    Kpr93

    I searched online and found this printer. I was trying to replace my older Kodak Easyshare 5100 due to its quality loss when printing. When I first tried to start up the printer, it mentioned that there was a print head error. However, I correctly installed the print header. But, I took the print head out and reinstalled it, which definitely did the trick. It was extremely easy configuring the printer to the home network. I love the fact that I can print wirelessly!!! However, it is indeed loud, but definitely not a thing that should deter you away from this printer. The annoying thing with scanning is that you cant scan books with the cover on. The printer looks pretty stylish too. You should definitely buy this printer if you don't mind the loud noise, and you like cheap ink. The quality of pictures it churns out is pretty good. Text quality is great as well. The duplexer included with the printer is another reason to buy it. Overall, it has been a great printer so far, and I have had it for about a month.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good printer

    Posted
    jalex

    Purchased for wife for Xmas, after opening printer was d.o.a. Stores were out of stock so after contacting Kodak customer service, a replacement was sent out and arrived within 4 days. Set up was very quick and easy working with a Mac running OS-X 10.5.5 and air port base station. The dual tray is nice so as to not have to switch paper stock when one wants to print a picture. When printing a picture on photo paper, printer defaults to best output. Prints dry very fast. Scanner is quick, although cover does not hinge up for larger items. Screen is nice and navigation of the menu is easy. Build quality seems a bit cheap, and the printer is rather noisy. But fell the print quality and convenience of an all in one at a great price. Picked up for under $149. Ink is very cheap (black $9, color $15), although print head is not part of the ink cartridge like other brands (hp, dell) so we will see how unit does for quality prints in the long run.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good printer for the money

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I have had this printer for several months and it does a good job. The set up can be tricky. My first go was disappointing. The picture quality was terrible and even after cleaning the print head it still did not improve. Just for kicks I took out the ink and the print head and they seemed OK. I then reinsalled them and found everything was fine. Evidently you must take extreme care in installing the print head and ink. You can make an error in the installation of these devices and it will still work and you think it is the printer. For its cost and the cost of ink it does a very commenable job. I find the photo production is best when you use the Kodak automatic adjustment of the picture. It is not the quality that I used to get from my Canon I960 but it is certainly good in making 4X6 photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kodak ESP 7

    Posted
    Kim590
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Read some bad reviews after I purchased online so I was really worried, but I am fairly pleased with the product. Maybe a little loud, but my printer before was louder (HP printer) and didn't do anything but print. Didn't use wireless set up and it was a breeze to set up. Picture quality ok. If you don't use any enhancements, it (unfortunately) looks just like the original--my old photos were not 4x6 so it left edging around them. Haven't really used the photo touch-up options for restoration yet, but it seems like it might be a little complicated. I am old fashioned and like to have a book to refer to and you don't get one. All in all, I am pleased with the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Got a really good deal.

    Posted
    t6orsha

    I had been thinking about getting a new all-in-one printer with wireless network features, and this one happened to be on sale at a great price. However, I had problems right away with the color printing. the "red" was coming out "pink". So i called Kodak tech support, and they sent me a new printhead. After it was installed, the problem cleared up. My niece got the same printer, and had the same problem. They are sending her a new printer as the replacement printhead she received did NOT clear up the problem. Hopefully my problem will not return. I am a little bit nervous about this possibility. Otherwise, I am happy with this printer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great MFC Printer

    Posted
    MattPCGuy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am not sure why all the bad reviews.... $199 list price, - $50 Trade-In, - $75 off (on sale)= $75 total, then I added on 1 black refill, & 1 color refill, all for $100; The ink refill alone on my old HP 1100 MFC was $57... So, for an added $43, I have a new printer with 2 trays, 5X7/4X6 photo tray, Auto-Duplexing, Wireless or wired network connection, 7in1 media card reader, a USB port on the front, and 2 extra ink refills!!!! 4X6 Photos take about 20 to 30 seconds, about 10X faster than my old HP MFC. Printed 30 4X6 photos, and there is still ink left in the ink carts that came with the unit (tose are 1/8 the ink of an actual refill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't ask for much more

    Posted
    skapp
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Over all this is a great printer. A bit over $20 for both a black and color cartridge in a 2 pack can't be beat either! Had some issues with the WiFi of the printer finding my network which is unsecured. I had to manually configure that portion and it still had connection issues. It finnaly connected after several attempts. The printers auto discover feature for WiFi networks didn't initially or several times later work either. This could be bad for a standard end user. I however have an IT background so it was just an annoyance for me. To have a networkable printer/scanner for under $200, this can't be beat!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nat Bad for the Price

    Posted
    FotoPro

    As I professional photographer that prints only Kodak paper, I purchsed this little gem about two weeks ago. It is great for proofing for clients. The colors are good to excellent with no tweaking for color balance, etc. However, as this is a Kodak printer be prepared to use Kodak paper. Plain paper for business purposes is ok. Any other manuafacturer's photo paper does not get it, especially gloss. Had a lot of banding on gloss paper by another manufacturer. If you want low cost and are willing to stick with Kodak paper, this printer is actually quite good -so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love it!

    Posted
    one800denise

    I read all the reviews before purchasing this printer and I figured I would take a shot because it was wi-fi and the price was good. I'm GLAD I did. It is a little noisy, but who cares? I had no problem setting this printer up. There are two options, use the CD or use the internet. When the CD didn't work, I opted for the internet and I was done. It has memory card slots and a place to plug in your camera and print directly. It's great and it prints great photos. Take a chance. The ink lasts and if you do a lot of printing, the replacement cartriges are so cheap!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    penny48656
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought this because I love kodak easyshare and everything with my pictures can be done by inserting my card in the printer. No PC needed. Wireless was important because I have a laptop as well as my PC and when the grandchildren visit they can use their laptops and print to my printer. It was soooo easy to install. Unpacking took longer than the installation. I absolutely am thrilled with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kodak printers are great

    Posted
    Anonymous

    The printer is a pleasent surprise with good quality waterproof smudge proof pictures. The overall quality is so much better than the HP printers I have had through the years. The ink cartridges are not a rip off as the were from HP, and very inexpensive.Over all I am very pleased with the total experience as well as the customer service from Kodak. Thank you and goodbye HP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer but lacks envelope printing capabily

    Posted
    Puddinpal
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It is compact, quick and easy to use. It does not cost and arm and a leg for ink cartridges. The quality is great and the pages are dry when exiting the printer. It does not support the envelope printing feature in MS Word. I got real used to using that feature in my previous cheapy printer and really miss it. Other than envelopes it is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    Posted
    Jake303
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So far i am happy with this printer. Took me less than five minutes to connect to my network. Print quality on photo paper is excellent. The most recent models have a new printer head so there is no cleaning problem. It is a little loud but not a big bother. Price just went up to 199.99, i paid 74.99. Sale price 124.99 minus 50.00 rebate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what I need it to do

    Posted
    geekmonkey81
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had this printer about a month now (Jan '10). So far, I have only done printing of documents and such, but it has worked well every time. The software was outdated when I got the printer, but it was easy to find an update and download it. I also enjoy the wireless connectivity, especially since this is my first wireless printer :)

    I would recommend this to a friend