Save up to $90! Great Deals on Norton 360 antivirus starting at just A$79.99 Get comprehensive protection with Norton 360 including Antivirus, secure VPN, a Password Manager, PC Cloud Backup, and more. All backed by 60-day Money Back Guarantee and 100% Virus Protection Promise.
Kodak ESP 5 All-In-One
A decent family multifunction
- Decent print quality, great scan quality, very efficient with consumables
- Some software issues, vertical banding apparent in photos
Although there are cheaper home inkjet multifunctions, the Kodak EasyShare ESP 5 provides a decent all-round experience for its price. Its focus on print and scan quality allows for good results, particularly with photos.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
Kodak's latest addition to its EasyShare range of home multifunctions is the ESP 5. With a clear focus on families, the unit combines ease of use with adequate print quality for its mid-range price point.
Both the ESP 3 and ESP 5 depart from Kodak's usual white chassis as found in its top-end EasyShare 5500 All-In-One, opting instead for an understated black fascia resembling an Epson unit. Build quality is adequate for a mid-range multifunction, with no real chance of breaking hinges or trays. Kodak's clever dual-purpose input/output paper tray on the front is quite functional. It eliminates the need for a rear paper tray, minimising the overall space needed for the ESP 5.
This multifunction features a colour LCD screen for photo printing and navigating menus, as well as a PictBridge port for direct printing and a multi-card reader that supports MemoryStick, xD, SD and CompactFlash. Connection is via USB, although an optional Bluetooth adapter can be added.
The ESP 5 uses a two-cartridge system. Rather than using four inks over two cartridges, the ESP 5 uses six — a single black cartridge and a five-ink colour cartridge. Apart from the usual cyan, magenta, and yellow, the colour cartridge adds an additional black ink well and a clear ink well to print a protective layer over photos. Expect the multifunction to run at a cost of around 11.1c per page during regular colour use; a remarkable effort given that most competitors cost close to 20c.
Although the provided AiO Home Centre software package works well on Windows Vista, we encountered several problems running the software under Windows XP, with its photo-editing component crashing several times.
Printing speeds aren't fantastic. However, given it is a home multifunction, speed isn't a high priority. Our tests showed that both mono and colour A4 pages will print at an average 13.3 pages per minute in draft quality, slowing to 3ppm at normal quality. 4x6in photos will print in 38sec, and A4 photos will average 2min 12sec. These aren't the fastest speeds we've seen for this price point, but the ESP 5 is adequate for printing small photos for everyday family use.
We were somewhat surprised at the ESP 5's printing quality. Although better photo quality can be attained from the slightly pricier Canon PIXMA MP610, the ESP 5 manages to do a commendable job. Text doesn't have the laser-like quality that can be found in business-focused inkjets, but it's clear and readable. Colour is consistent and largely accurate in graphical elements, creating decent pictures and colours on standard plain paper for school work and business documents.
Unfortunately, there are some flaws with the quality of photos. 4x6in photos reveal a quite a bit of vertical banding — particularly in dark-to-light gradients. This is much less noticeable in A4 photos, but it is still evident. Most colours are accurate, although reds and blacks aren't as defined as they could be.
The ESP 5's scan quality is quite surprising. Our test scans showed an even better balance of colours than HP's top-end Photosmart C7280, with even contrast and colours across the image. For photo scanning, the ESP 5 is one of the best multifunctions we've seen, with good reproduction of images for reprinting and digital use.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 ASUS TUF FX505 (Ryzen 7) review: Tolerable trade-offs
- 2 Google Pixel 4 XL review (2019): Full Resolution
- 3 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 4 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 5 Xiro Drone Xplorer V by Rapoo review
Latest News Articles
- Brother pitch themselves at SMBs with new 'Inkvestment' options
- Canon unveils its latest range of Pixma Inkjet printers and CanoScan scanner series
- Epson Launches First Double-Sided A3+ 4-In-1 Inkjet EcoTank Printer
- Epson launches new Expression Premium Photo Range
- Epson Australia Unveils New Expression Home Range of Printers
PCW Evaluation Team
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
- Oppo Reno2 Z review
- HP Spectre x360 13: Full, in-depth review
- Here's how much the Motorola Razr will cost in Australia
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies