The Bottom Line
- Wireless networking
- Low-cost ink refills
- Good photo quality
- Duplex printing built in
- No automatic document feeder
- No fax, if that bothers you
- Color inkjet printer
- 2.4-inch color LCD
- Copier, scanner
- Print speeds up to 32 pages per minute
- Memory card capability includes SD, SDHC, MMC
- Two paper trays (one for photos)
- Windows Vista, XP Home, or 7; Mac 10.4.8 or higher
Guide Review - Kodak ESP 7250 All-in-One Printer
Like the ESP 5250, the ESP 7250's 2.4-inch color LCD screen tilts; and there are refreshingly few buttons on the dashboard, making it much simpler to navigate than some button-heavy printers. And a quick note on terminology: I'm calling this an all-in-one but there is no fax capability, in case you still need that kind of thing.
Like some other Kodak printers, print speeds were not all that exciting. 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 about 25 seconds to come out (still a lot faster than the ESP 5250), though the whole job completed in about 57 seconds, only about 15 seconds faster than the 5250. A large PDF took longer (though the printer needed some warm-up time as well), with first page out in 45 seconds and the whole four pages in 1:40. Fastest of all was the 4x6 photo printing, which took 42 seconds, about the same as the cheaper printer.
Like the ESP 5250, this printer did a very good job with photos. Results were clear and vivid, and small details were sharp. But unlike the 5250, the ESP 7250 did a much better job on document printing, with little ink bleed into the paper making for sharp fonts at very large and very small sizes. I did notice a bit of paper curl on a few pages. For home printing this would be fine, but I wouldn't recommend it as a small-business machine (especially without an automatic document feeder).
The printer's dedicated photo tray makes it easy to switch back and forth between photo and document printing, a welcome change from the lower-priced Kodak printers. I had no issues with paper jamming.