TODO alt text

Kodak Hero 7.1 review

All-in-one unit for wireless printing from a range of devices

Our Verdict

For

  • Large and responsive touchscreen
  • Good print quality
  • Range of connectivity options

Against

  • Slow start-up
  • No explanations for certain options provided
  • Some colour inaccuracies

One of four models in Kodak's new Hero line of all-in-one printers, the Hero 7.1 prints, scans and copies, and comes equipped with a range of options for wireless printing.

This varies from sending items to print over a Wi-Fi connection to compatibility with Google's Cloud Print and Kodak's Email Print Ready services, and printing directly from smartphones and tablets.

The printer also boasts a 2400dpi scanner that can copy images and documents in full colour before sending them to print.

There's a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen on the front of the unit, and, as with the Kodak Hero 5.1, Hero 6.1 and Hero 9.1, Kodak claims that the new unit is particularly ink efficient and that the inks themselves are priced below those of its competitors.

It takes around 45 seconds for the printer to fully ready itself upon power up, although shutting down only takes a couple of seconds.

The screen's responsiveness makes light work of selecting its various options, while its size enables all controls to be easily displayed and touched.

Scanning times average out at around 28 seconds for colour copies and just over 20 for black and white, while A4 prints typically emerge in around 90 seconds, or less for smaller sizes.

Print quality is very good with regards to detail, although the printer does have a tendency to lean towards a slightly yellowy-green cast, with neutral skin tones appearing a little yellow and blue skies printing with a cyan bias.

Verdict

Overall, then, while isn't the best choice for more critical photographic work, its decent print quality and range of connection options do still mean it's a convenient option for the home and small office.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed28 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)5.5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)8.5
Maximum Print Resolution9600 dpi
Brand NameKodak
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeLetter, Legal, A4, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution9600 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Height190.5 mm
Width444.5 mm
Depth431.8 mm
Media TypePhoto Paper, Plain Paper
Colour Depth24-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product ModelHERO 7.1
Product NameHERO 7.1 Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3953650
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

What would you call a printer that combines high intelligence with high-quality, low-cost ink? We call it the KODAK HERO 7.1 All-in-One Printer. It uses affordable ink, so you can print KODAK Quality Photos at home without worrying about the cost. Plus it's full of built-in smart features. It's Google Cloud Print and KODAK Email Print ready so you can print from anywhere in the world, from any mobile device your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Automatic two-sided printing lets you save paper and time. Smart Sensor technology predicts just how much time and supplies you'll need. And a sleek, responsive touchscreen makes the enhanced features easy to control. Add it all up and you get a printer with an impressively high IQ that makes printing as easy as 1-2-3.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • HERO 7.1 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • 3D Glasses
  • Power Supply and Adapter Cord
  • Setup Guide
  • User Guide
  • Software and driver CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)7.48 kg