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1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor printer., July 2, 2009
This review is from: Kodak ESP 7 All-in-One Printer (Office Product)
I do many kinds of printing, from photos to brochures to design forms. When my Canon 5000 finally wore out, I took a chance on this Kodak printer - Kodak is a large, experienced company and should be making a top-notch color printer, right? Wrong! This is a 4th class printer being sold as 1st class equipment.

Some problems: there is a plastic "tongue" that slides out of the front of the printer and is a "paper catcher." It is poorly made and very fragile for its function. On the second day I had it, I brushed against it and part of it snapped off. I did a quick repair... imagine, a brand new printer with a duct tape repair! The plastic body LOOKS solid, but is actually pretty poorly made and unstable.

Paper feed is very iffy. Frequently, when printing multiple copies, it will misfeed and skip paper in the input tray and give you a blank page; this means you have to check EVERY page you print to make sure there are no blank pages in the series. This is a real problem if you are doing two-sided printing. Please note that this happens on ALL paper from 24 to 32 lb paper and up to 48 lb card stock. It will NOT print Avery postcards if they have been separated into individual cards - it will only print them 4 at a time on one sheet. This is a REAL problem if you design graphics -you'll have to replicate the graphics four times on one 8.5x11 form of four cards. Also, if the forms or paper you are using are not standard sizes - you are not going to print them on this printer. There is little versatility on that count.

Plain old black and white document printing is only fair. Again, printing multiple pages will cause them to bleed onto each other much like the old laser printers of 15 years ago used to do when they heated up. Frequently the paper will come out almost soaking wet - and take over 10 minutes to dry.

Photo printing is so-so. You'd think Kodak would at least give you this much, but they dont. Inks are not bright enough and printing multiple copies can cause them to bleed onto each other. Drying time can take 15 minutes or more. This is atrocious for a company that specializes in photo work!

The copy function has all the problems of the print functions listed above, so I won't elaborate on them.

I am very sorry I bought this printer. It does not meet my simple needs for graphic work and is a poor b&w document printer.

The only saving grace I had was that the retailer I bought it from allowed me a $50 trade-in on my old Canon printer so I didn't have to pay full retail for this piece of junk. I wonder if they still have the trade-in promo; if they do, I'm bringing this sucker back and getting a GOOD printer!
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