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Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer

Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer

For home or office use, most people look for key things when choosing a home or office printer. First there is the cost of the printer, print quality, and ink cost. We have been hands-down Kodak-printer-people {yes, I used that term} ever since we had the opportunity to review the Kodak ESP7250 Wi-Fi All-In-One Printer. It suited us perfectly in our home, for both personal and business use {we actually run two businesses out of our home}. Yet, this Kodak printer lacked one feature that we needed – Fax. Quite honestly though, we liked the printer so much that we kept using it and resorted finding other methods to fax, aside from the comforts of our own home. Really!

So, when I was offered the chance to review the KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer, which has the Fax feature – I immediately jumped on board. Yet before I unplugged old faithful, I carefully studied them side-by-side, just for size and placement comparison.

DESIGN

As you can see, there’s not much of a size difference between the two – and sometimes people are quick to think that ‘office’ printers are gigantic. Not so. Unlike the Kodak ESP7250 printer, the Kodak Office 2170 model has the paper feeder and the back of the machine {where you load your paper for printing}. I have to say, I like the paper storage at the back better, since there was a couple of occasions when little hands stole my paper sine it was so easy to reach. As well, the Kodak Office 2170 rear feed paper tray holds 150 sheets of document paper or 40 sheets of photo paper {compared to 100 sheets for the ESP7250 model}.

It has that handy exterior control panel for scanning, printing, faxing, and copying. Plus it has a 1.5″ LCD display and a place to stick in your memory card for image and document upload. You can download the Free Kodak Pic Flick App for iPhone or BlackBerry, and print photos off of your phone right to the 2170. This wasn’t a feature I was heavily into before, yet have gotten into the habit of doing it more often now. It’s a nice reminder to update those photo frames around the house and make prints for family and friends, more often.

SETUP

The setup with Kodak printers always makes me smile, it’s always so easy I almost can’t believe it. If you are like me and prefer Wifi, just find your wireless network on the LCD panel and type in your password. Then,to install the software, just pop in the disk. It really only takes a matter of a few minutes and is stress-free.

Yet, if you do get stuck or need help, the Kodak website and call center is so helpful. I have only had to call once, when switching my network from my PC to the Mac and wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything along the way. Kodak support was patient, supportive, helpful and kind. I had actually chose the worst time to make the support call, so I was especially grateful that assistance was was so very quick too.

PERFORMANCE

The ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer doesn’t have the speediest printing time, when comparing specs from the Kodak site. Yet I’m no techie and I certainly won’t pass over a printer over, for just a few seconds of print time. And, the quality of the prints, whether it be a document or a photo are fantastic. Actually, the first photo I printed from the ESP Office 2170 was one for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. It printed so beautifully that no one even considered that it wasn’t store-developed quality. The colors were brilliant and the image crisp and clear – what more could you ask for?

COST

At $149.99, the KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer certainly doesn’t break the bank. All things considered, it has to be Kodak’s AMAZING low cost ink cartridges that seal the deal for me {$9.99 for black ink and $17.99 for color}.

Ink cartridge prices for some other brands are almost insane, and no one knows this more than my husband whom also stores a printer in his truck, for work purposes. One day last month he came in the door and threw ink cartridges on the counter {ones that cost $34.99 each}. He must go through at least 2 sets of cartridges every 7-10 days, so paying this price always makes me a little grumpy. When I told my husband that I was reviewing a new Kodak printer {with fax!} for the home office, he was thrilled, “OMG, can I have the other one that’s downstairs them!?!” he basically screamed. Was he ever happy to get rid of the ink-guzzler he was using before! So yes, the friendly-on-the-wallet feature of the Kodak printers, is a very attractive feature indeed.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer review

 

 

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

 

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14 Comments

  1. oooh thanks… we’ve been looking for a wifi printer that won’t break the bank for a while now. Love the cost of the ink carts too!

  2. i didn’t know they had office ones at such a great price! i need to take a closer look, i think this’ll be perfect for our home office.
    and, i hear you – the cost of ink is incredible with some!

  3. We need a new printer yet once again, we bought a wireless cannon and it’s been 1 year and it’s packing it in and no phone support, so you sold me on our next one, thanks!

  4. I am going to have to get a new printer shortly. I need an all-in-one. I never considered a Kodak before because I didn’t know anything about them. This sounds great! Thanks for the review!

    ~ Raylene @ It’s OK to be WEIRD!

  5. I love Kodak printers! They totally have saved me money. I do the monthly newsletter and all the church printing from our Kodak printer at home. My old machine {HP}… sucked the life out of my piggy bank!

  6. Thank you for such a great review! My family and I are actually looking for a decent all in one printer for our household {we just recently got into couponing LOL}.

    You gave us a good contender 🙂

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  8. Is there a way to tell when the ink cartridge is low and how much ink remains in the cartridge. My old Epson has that feature and I love it.
    Right now I need to put ink in my new Kodak ESP 2170 and I have no idea which cartridge to replace – black or color.
    Please answer ASP
    Pat Vanderwater

  9. I bought this printer on July 12, 2011. Since that time, I’ve had to purchase two black in cartridges and 1 color cartridge (even though it’s extremely rare that I ever print anything with color.) While it’s true that the price per cartridge is less than I was paying for my old printer (HP) the alarming frequency that I’m having to replace them means that in the long run I will be paying more than double per year for ink than I was before! I’ve searched the Kodak site to no avail and am hoping that you have answers. Is there a way that I can change the settings so that it uses less ink when printing? I haven’t found a way to set resolution for anything on this printer yet.

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  11. I love my printer but am having a proble scanning. My WiFi is connected but whan I hit the scan button I get a message saying, “no USB connection detected. Connect and retry. I rechecked my WiFi connection, it is OK. How do I get the printer to recognize the WiFi verses the USB?

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