The Kodak ESP 5250 is capable of very fast print and scan speeds.
Pros ---- - Easy Wireless Setup The wireless setup should be relatively painless and straightforward. I did encounter an issue with my firewall blocking access to a process required to detect my printer on the network. Fortunately, the Kodak site actually provides instructions (tailored for the most common firewalls, such as Commodo, ZoneAlarm, etc.) for how to unblock access to the required processes.
If you are using Windows XP, you will probably get the message "The software you are installing has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility with Windows XP. Continuing your installation of this software may impair or destabilize the correct operation of your system either immediately or in the future. Microsoft strongly recommends that you stop this installation now and contact the software vendor for software that has passed Windows Logo testing. Do you want to continue installing the software?" Don't be alarmed. You can safely disregard the message and click on Yes to proceed with the installation.
- Good Print Quality o Documents The Print Quality can be set to Draft, Normal, or Best. Normal is the default mode. In Normal mode, the print quality is quite good (almost good enough for a resume). Surprisingly, the quality of the printing in *Draft* mode is almost as good as it is in Normal mode. The only difference, as far as I can tell, is that the printing done in the Draft mode is a smidge fainter.
o Photos The color on photos are reportedly slightly off. However, I made some prints on pictures I took in Grand Canyon and they came out looking just fine to me.
- Impressive Print Speed o Documents In Normal mode, it takes about 10-15 seconds to print a full page of text. In Draft mode, it takes a blazing 5 seconds or so. If the Color Printing setting is changed from the default setting (Color) to B&W, the Draft mode is capable of printing a full page of text in 3-4 seconds. According to the specs, the printer is capable of print speeds up to 30 PPM (in B&W), but in practice, you should realistically expect typical print speeds to be around 10-20 PPM (20 PPM is really stretching it), depending on your print settings and the size and complexity of your documents.
o Photos Most photo printers take anywhere from 15-60 seconds to produce a 4x6 photo. The Kodak takes about 30 seconds. Not bad.
- Fast Scanner The scanner takes no time to warm up before it starts scanning. Scan speeds are very fast - it takes 11 seconds, for example, to scan a document at 150 dpi resolution. The quality of the scans are very good - better than the quality of scans on my Canon LIDE 500F dedicated scanner at the same resolution. Scanned text (even the fine print) are perfectly legible at 150 dpi.
- Upgradeable Printer Firmware The printer firmware is upgradeable through the software interface.
- Borderless Printing The printer supports borderless photo printing (that's probably a given given that all newer printers now support borderless printing, but I thought I'd mention it anyway).
Cons ---- - No Separate Tray For Photo Paper If you want to load, say, 4x6 photo paper, you have to take out any paper already loaded in the payer tray, readjust the paper guide to the appropriate width, and load the photo paper into the tray.
- No Separate Ink Tanks The color inks are in one ink cartridge (cyan, magenta, and yellow). So, if you run out of one color, you would have to discard the whole ink cartridge and replace it with a new one. What a waste of money! (And Kodak claims to save you money on ink!)
--- My main gripe with this printer is that it doesn't take separate color ink cartridges. In all other respects, such as print speeds and print quality, I'm very happy with it.
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