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Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-In-One & 3D printing

- September 11th, 2011

KodakESP2170

There is no shortage of multifunction all-in-one (AIO) printers on the market, but every once and a while one comes along that offers something just a little bit different. The Kodak ESP Office 2170 is one of those. It gives you the ability to output stereoscopic 3D images – of course, you will need wear those goofy 3D spectacles if you want to stand any chance of seeing your photos pop off the page. If 3D doesn’t wow you, read on, as I have inkling, (pardon the pun) that there are some other features that may tickle your fancy.

Like most AIOs it can print scan copy and fax. It has a nice compact design, measuring 17.9” W x 25.6”D x 11.7”H and weighs just over 15lbs. It has a rear feed paper tray that can hold up to 150 sheets of standard paper or 40 sheets of photo paper. The unit is also configured with a smart sensor that detects the kind and size of paper being used, which eliminates a lot of the guessing. This is especially handy when you are creating non-standard docs like photos, envelopes and greeting cards.

Kodak2170FrontPanel

Looking at the Control Panel at the front, you’ll see that everything is intuitive, clearly and cleanly marked. It has card slots so you can print directly from the most popular card types including high-capacity SDHC and Memory Stick PRO. There is also a built-in 1.5” navigation display, which given other printers on the market, could have been maybe a little larger.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

You can connect to your computer via its built-in USB 2.0 port or via Wi-Fi wireless connection (802.11b/g or n), which was a breeze to set up. There is no Ethernet port on the printer.

KODAKPICFlickApp

Mobile Printing

Wi-Fi connectivity on this unit opens the doors to wireless printing, from your smartphone or mobile device.  To do so, simply download Kodak’s Pic Flick, a free app for your Mac iOS, Blackberry or Android device. The latest version of the app adds the capability to select multiple pics for printing at one time as well as the ability to pan, zoom, crop & rotate your images.

Home Centre Software

Kodak’s Home Centre Software adds a lot of functionality to the printer. For example, you can scan not only to an image or an email, you can also scan to network folders, and memory cards or USB flash drives without a computer. And with the unit’s document feeder, you can drop in up to 25 11″x14″ pages and take an early coffee break. Kodak’s Perfect Page Technology optimizes your scanning and improves the quality of your scans while saving time in the process. Some of the benefits its offers is blank space detection, white balance adjustments, border correction and automatic cropping to name a few.

You can also edit your images right within the software and send your photos to your favourite social sites including FaceBook, Picassa, Flickr, Photobucket as well as Kodak’s Gallery.

Kodak3DPic

3D and Video Print

A couple of neat features that sets this unit apart are 3D and video print. To print a 3D picture, you simply take a photo, then within 20 seconds, move the camera 3” without changing the angle, then take another. Upload them to your PC and the Home Centre software will overlay the two and output it in 3D, which you can see with your supplied 3D glasses.  This works best when objects are totally still.

Video print allows you to print a still from a .mov, .mp4 and .avi file types.

KOdak2170TwoCarts

Low Cost Printing

One of the thorns in many people’s sides is the cost of printing. Kodak’s model is to use ink cartridges where the actual cartridge is separate from the print heads, so you’re not tossing heads out each time you change your ink. Furthermore the unit uses two separate cartridges – one black and the other tri-colour, again saving you money. Kodak’s standard black cartridge for the 2170 sells for only $9.99 and is expected to yield 335 pages; the colour cartridge sells for $17.99 and delivers 275 pages. Most impressive. Of course your results may vary.

Now although the cartridges are inexpensive, Kodak didn’t cheap out on them. They use pigment based-inks that are water and fade resistant and dry fairly quickly.  With that said, although the printer is certainly not the quickest inkjet printer I’ve come across, the unit did yield some decent looking pics and basic documents with graphics were quite acceptable. Also, there’s no automatic duplexing, so if you want to print on both sides of your page, you’ll need to do it manually.

Cloud Printing

Added note:  While this printer has been available for a few months, the driver software for both PC/Mac has been upgraded to allow Google cloud printing, which now allows you to print from your computer, wireless or mobile device from just about anywhere.

Little Mac Support

If you are a Mac user, I have bad news. The Kodak software provides very little added functionality other than scanning and printer setup. Features like Perfect Page, 3D printing, print from video and image editing are sadly not available for the Mac.

kodak3dglasses

Bottom Line

Overall, it’s a nice little printer.  And while it is called an “office” product, it’s certainly great for home, dorm or small business, as long as you don’t do high volume printing.  The 3D printing may be a novelty that might wear off after a while, but it is an added bonus to help add some creativity for school projects. Perfect Page, print from video and image editing are also a nice touch – of course except not for a Mac.

Pros:

Low cost replacement cartridges

Easy to setup Wi-Fi connectivity

Excellent Home Centre Software & 3D (PC only)

Video & Mobile printing (via free app)

Cons:

Small 1.5” LCD Display

No automatic duplexing

Poor Mac support

Kodak ESP Office 2170 retails for MSRP $149.99 CDN, although until Mon, Sep 12th, you can get $30 off, while quantities last at Kodak.ca. (Although, I’m sure if you find one at a comparable price if you shop around.)

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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1 comment

  1. Petra Smith | January 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Nice printer but has a major flaw!! Yes, the ink is cheap to buy but after buying 2 black cartridges already we only get about 50 pages out of them and that’s using the draft setting. Very disappointed! Spend your money on a different brand, this one will cost you in the long run.

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