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Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Printer

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Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Printer

Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Printer

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The Bottom Line

For the price (over $150), the Kodak ESP 5250 didn't perform as well as I hoped. In that price range it competes with some excellent Epson all-in-ones (including the WorkForce 610 and the cheaper NX 515) and even some entry-level Brother printers like the 255 CW. Photo quality is very good, print quality decent, but it's slow, takes a while to warm up, and had a number of photo-paper-related paper jams. Wireless was a nice option to have, but otherwise I liked the cheaper Kodak 3250 more.
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Pros

  • Wireless networking
  • Low-cost ink refills
  • Decent photo quality

Cons

  • Single paper source
  • Dull colors on document graphics
  • Some paper-jam issues

Description

  • Color inkjet printer
  • 1.5-inch color LCD
  • Copier, scanner
  • Manual duplexer
  • Print speeds up to 30 pages per minute
  • Memory card capability includes SD, SDHC, MMC
  • 2.4-inch color LCD (tiltable)

Guide Review - Kodak ESP 5250 All-in-One Printer

The Kodak ESP 5250 all-in-one printerwould need to really exceed expectations to compete with some excellent all-in-ones in the $150 range, but it didn't acquit itself all that well in my tests.

So first the good news. The Kodak ESP 5250 comes with built-in WiFi networking that is easy to configure. The 2.4-inch color LCD screen tilts, making it a lot more handy than the 3250's smaller, stationary LCD. And Kodak is really finding a niche for itself with cheap replacement ink cartridges (there are two, one for colors and one for black), with a new pair of cartridges costing only $24.99 from Kodak.

But print speeds for document printing were not that good, roughly the same as the cheaper 3250's. When the printer wasn't warmed up, the first page of a three-page Word document took nearly a minute to come out, with the whole job complete in 1:12. Once warmed up it moved faster, first-page out in about 23 seconds. Average print speeds were about 25-28 seconds per page. Fastest of all was the 4x6 photo printing, which took 38 seconds.

Like the ESP 3250, the ESP 5250 did a very good job printing photos; colors were true and even the smallest details were crisp. Document were less impressive looking. While fonts looked good as small as six points and as large as 72, there was some bleed into the paper and some of the colors were dull and flat, which I thought strange considering how good the photos looked. It's not a printer I'd rely on if I needed some business-quality documents printed.

The printer supports a range of memory cards but there is still no automatic duplexer or dedicated photo tray. Rather, the printer has a single paper feed (output pages drop on top of the paper feed, a set-up that isn't optimal, since you need to switch papers if you move back and forth between photo and document printing. There were a number of paper jams when feeding 4x6 photo paper into the printer--not sure if they were getting pushed in too far, but it took a few tries to find the printer's sweet spot to avoid jams.

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