Kodak ESP 3.2 Review: Is Low Cost Better?

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Service & Support
      • 6
      • Print Quality
      • 5
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 6
      • Performance / Print Speed
      • 5
      • Features
      • 7
      • Operational Costs
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 6.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great software
    • Low initial cost
    • Mobile applications
  • Cons

    • Photo prints
    • Auto calibration

Quick Take

The ESP 3.2 tries hard to be more than your typical low end AIO, but in the end, fails.

The Kodak ESP 3.2 is an easy to set up all-in-one printer that offers some great creative printing options. This model features Kodak\’s Pick Flick HD app, which is Kodak\’s answer to mobile printing service. The printer features a 2.4-inch color touchscreen menu, web applications, scan and copy functionality, 3D printing capabilities, and a memory card reader compatible with multiple card formats. All of these features are offered at the time of review for a budget conscious price of $99.99 USD; making it an economical choice for anyone in need of an all-in-one printer.

\"KodakSetting up the Kodak ESP 3.2 is simple; reviewers at PrinterComparison said \”Between the hard copy guide and the prompts on the printer\’s touchscreen, you can\’t really go wrong\”. Kodak Home Center Software, the software included with the printer, is also easy to use and navigate as well and offers diverse print options. The ease of use, combined with the low price, make the Kodak ESP 3.2 a great choice for anyone interested in basic document and photo printing.

The Kodak ESP 3.2 is able to produce 3D prints using what Kodak calls \”picture pairs\”. The instructions state that you take a photo and then, within 20 seconds, you take another photo by moving the camera 3-inches to the right.  If you aren\’t sure that your photos will line up correctly, you don\’t need to worry since the printer will intuitively analyze the shots and to ensure they are suitable for 3D printing; saving you from wasting paper or ink.

Google Cloud Print is available on the Kodak ESP 3.2, which is a service that allows users to print remotely from their internet enabled devices. It allows users to send attachments to be printed using a specific email address of your choosing.

Kodak advertises an 8 ipm for printing in black and white and 5.5 ipm for color documents. Testers at PC found that the speeds were pretty accurate when printing in black and white, but when adding color to the document, print speeds dropped to about 4 ipm. When printing photographs, the tested speeds were average; PC recorded a 50 second print time for a 4×6 print. The quality of the photos would not be considered lab quality, but are about average for a low-cost printer.

The Kodak ESP 3.2 will not suit you needs if you plan on regularly printing photos since the quality is not up to par for photos. For those interested in an inexpensive printer to accomplish basic print jobs, scans, and copies; then the Kodak ESP 3.2 would be a good choice



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