Any brand of ink cartridge fit into the Kodak’s printer and that is really an interesting feature about Kodak. The ESP 5250 printer, priced $169 provides good quality output, can be bought in affordable price but its operation is slow. Even though it does not have automatic duplexer unit, faxing element, and a separate tray for photo paper, still it is good in offering wireless connection and automatic paper detector. All these features put together is the right choice for budget user who never bothers about extra features but only about the cost.The printer is all black and good looking with curved edges. In spite of being a light weight printer ESP 5250 does not shake while printing or scanning. This economy printer contains a single tray for taking in papers and giving out printouts. The tray of the paper is capable of holding only 100 papers.
This printer from Kodak can sense the size of the paper and make necessary adjustments for quality printout. This feature is surely a plus point for a budget machine. The wireless connection turns blue when given connection to internet. The ESP 5250 also contains a memory slot which provides multi media support. The printer contains only 2 ink cartridges one for black and the other for colour.
Above all, this model of Kodak is equipped with Home solution software which makes adjustment in the settings for enhanced output quality. Also its Perfect Touch element makes several alterations with your face thereby resulting in good photo image. Similarly the OCR mechanism of the printer is good for converting scanned document into word or any other format.
The LCD screen is smaller in size but clear and gives excellent view. The photos are not that much clear as the text images in the screen. It performs all the essential functions expected in a printer. In ESP 5250 eight buttons are found apart from ‘Power’ button and navigation button with four way switches. The external wire and USB port are found at the back side, slightly protruding enough to push the unit against wall for convenience.
If you follow the guidelines in manual the set up is just simple. The ink cartridges are sized for distinguishing them easily. The two cartridges are very cheap and the cost ratios for one page printout is lower than average.
The speed of the printer is invariably slow for Kodak budget printers. In some modes the speed improved for text document printout and in some other modes it stood in the middle level from other competitors. The printout for photos was also tested and found to be slow.
But you and I are always bothered about the quality. The ESP 5250 produced good quality printouts both in text document and photos. It is more than sufficient norms for a budget printer with added features to produce good quality printouts.
To conclude, the ESP 5250 from Kodak is reasonably a good printer with all essential elements, and is inexpensive and user friendly device.