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Kodak Hero 9.1 review

Can this cheap-to-run touchscreen printer challenge its rivals on quality?

Our Verdict

For

  • Low running costs
  • Feature-rich
  • Excellent photo printing
  • Great scanner
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen

Against

  • Mediocre build quality
  • Poor plain paper image printing
  • 3D printing is Windows-only
  • Not very aesthetically pleasing
  • No disc on-body printing

The Kodak Hero 9.1 is Google Cloud Print ready, can print from emails and also output directly from mobile devices using a free app. It offers Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB connectivity and has a 4.3-inch touchscreen.

Kodak claims that although its printers cost a little more than its rivals, low ink prices make them cost effective over time. This top-of-the-range Hero 9.1 all-in-one printer is packed with features and priced at £200 in the UK, or $250 in the US.

But with costs falling across the board, can it match the print quality of rivals such as the Canon Pixma MG5250, Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD, HP Photosmart 7510 and other multifunction devices in our Best inkjet printers list?

Kodak hero 9.1 review

The Kodak Hero 9.1 is at the high end of Kodak's new Hero range of home and small office multifunction inkjet printers. The entry-level model, the Hero 5.1 (full price £99), offers wireless printing and scanning, a 2.4-inch display and automatic Duplex.

The more office-orientated Kodak Hero 6.1 (which has an RRP of £169) adds fax facilities, a 35-page automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning and photocopying and a larger 200-sheet paper tray that also holds 70 pages of photo paper.

The Hero 7.1 (which also costs £169) drops the ADF and fax facilities, and capacity is down to a 100-page paper tray with a separate 40-sheet photo feeder, but it adds a 3.5-inch colour touchscreen display.

Kodak hero 9.1 review

This top-of-the-range Kodak Hero 9.1 is similar to the Hero 7.1 but has an ADF, fax facilities and a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen.

Kodak is keen to stress that its printers are more expensive to buy than its comparable rivals, but this is because it doesn't subsidise printer costs by raising the price of its ink cartridges. The company claims its printers are 30-40% dearer than rival manufacturers', which seems a little harsh considering this top-end model can be bought for around £180, or $200 in the US - not wildly pricier than others.

The inks can be bought for around £15 online for a complete set. Based on their RRP and stated yields, a black-only page costs around 1.25p and a colour page 2.15p (ink costs only), which is definitely cheap. The Kodak Hero range of printers is certainly worth considering if you want to keep your running costs down.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed28 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)5.5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)8.5
Product FamilyHERO
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameKodak
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, A2 Envelope, Envelope No. 10, Envelope No. 9, Index Card, Custom Size, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Index Card - 127 mm x 203 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 215.90 mm x 297.18 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
EthernetYes
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution9600 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Height231 mm
Width445 mm
Depth432 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Photo Paper, Inkjet Paper, Premium Paper, Envelope, Transparency, Card Stock, Postcard, Label, Iron-on Transfer, Index Card
Colour Depth24-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product Model9.1
Product NameHERO 9.1 Multifunction Printer
Product LineHERO
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number3954039
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

State-of-the-art technology meets versatility with the KODAK HERO 9.1 All-in-One Printer. It's from Kodak, so it brings you the ultimate in premium quality, affordably priced ink. But it also comes fully loaded with the latest in intelligent features. Like being Google Cloud Print and KODAK Email Print ready so you can print from any location and any mobile device-your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Smart Sensor technology that detects paper size and predicts supplies and time needed. A large, sleek, intuitive touchscreen that's as easy on the eyes as it is easy to use. Faxing directly from your PC in as fast as 3 seconds per page, plus copying and scanning. Double-sided printing to save time and paper. It even has an automatic document feeder and a separate tray for photo printing. The KODAK HERO 9.1 All-in-One Printer. It's advanced. It's efficient. It's versatile. It's everything you ever wanted a home printer to be.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • HERO 9.1 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Color Ink Cartridge
  • 3D Glasses
  • Power Supply and Adapter Cord
  • Setup Guide
  • User Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)8.50 kg