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Kodak ESP 9250 review

What price Kodak's top-of-the-range printer? At least running costs might be cheaper than you think

Our Verdict

For

  • Business-class features
  • Better value than Kodak's ESP 7250
  • Good range of connectivity built in
  • Only two different cartridges to keep in stock
  • Separate postcard-sized photo cassette

Against

  • Expensive to buy
  • Combined colour cartridge can be expensive if you print a lot of one colour
  • Loud
  • Can't print onto CDs or DVDs
  • Photo quality is pretty poor

At the time of posting this review, Kodak was asking a whopping £300 for the ESP 9250 at its online store. Back in the real world, it's commonly available for £185 which, while still expensive, makes it just £35 more than Kodak's comparatively minimalist ESP 7250 printer.

The posher ESP 9250 still boasts identically low running costs of as little as 1.6p per mono page, 4.4p for mixed text and graphics, and about 20p for a 6x4-inch colour photo complete with shiny Kodak Ultra Premium glossy photo paper.

Other similarities include USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, a colour LCD menu/preview screen and Compact Flash, SD, Memory Stick and xD card slots, as well a PictBridge port.

Whereas the Kodak ESP 7250 is fairly well kitted out for home use, the ESP 9250 has a much more businessy approach.

There are lots more knobs and buttons to make you feel more important, and to enable full use of additional features such as the built-in fax machine, which comes complete with 30-sheet ADF (Auto Document Feeder). Naturally, the ADF is equally advantageous for photocopying multi-page documents, while you get on with other office duties.

Despite being more business-minded, the ESP 9250 isn't all hard work and makes light of domestic chores, with built-in templates for creating shopping lists as well as serving up designs for noughts and crosses games, graph paper and even sheet music.

Like its cheaper sibling, the ESP 9250 also includes an auto duplex facility for double-sided printing, which can cut paper costs down for both business and domestic printing.

The big advertising hype surrounding this and other new Kodak inkjets is that lower ink costs can save you up to £75 per year (see our ESP 7250 review for full details). The inks themselves are split between two cartridges, the first being a pigment-based black cartridge for mono text printing.

The second is a five-tank cartridge that contains pigment-based photo-black, cyan, magenta and yellow inks, plus a glossy overcoat for helping to give that shiny look on glossy papers. It all sounds good in theory, but in practice, colour ink costs can rapidly escalate if you print a lot of one particular colour, because you'll inevitably end up throwing away lots of unused ink in all the other chambers.

It's always been the downside of having a combined colour cartridge instead of individually replaceable cartridges for each colour.

Document print quality is pretty average, with reasonably sharp but not overly crisp text. Solid blocks of colour often took on a slightly mottled appearance in our tests, which was disappointing.

Surprisingly for Kodak, photo quality is the real Achilles heel of the printer, with lacklustre contrast and insipid colour rendition. Printers such as the Canon MG5150, MG6150 and Epson PX720WD give much more convincing photo output by comparison.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed29 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)32
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)30
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)27
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)26
Maximum Print Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameKodak
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
EthernetYes
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution9600 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Height425.5 mm
Width444.5 mm
Depth238.3 mm
Media TypePhoto Paper, Premium Paper, Plain Paper, Glossy Paper
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product ModelESP 9250
Product NameESP 9250 Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3952884
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

If you want the latest features to print, copy, scan, and fax at home, the KODAK ESP 9250 All-in-One Printer is an easy choice. With the lowest total ink replacement cost in the industry, you'll save on average $110 a year on ink, based on as few as 4 pages a day. You'll also save time with features like an auto document feeder and two-sided printing. Top it all off with its amazingly simple Wi-Fi setup and intuitive control panel, and affordable lab-quality home printing is as easy as touch, print, share.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • ESP 9250 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Color Ink Cartridge
  • Paper Sample Pack
  • Power Supply
  • Adapter Cord
  • Fax Cord
  • Startup Guide
  • User Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)9 kg