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Kodak ESP 9250 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £187
inc VAT

Despite many photo features, this is an unconvincing photo MFP. It makes much more sense to be used in the office.


32ppm print speed, USB, PictBridge, 10 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, 445×426,239

Kodak’s ESP 9250 is an office-orientated device. It’s rare in that it has a fax modem which, together with a 30-sheet automatic document feeder, means you can send multi-page communications to places where the internet is yet to arrive. It’s made of silver-grey plastics rather than trendy black ones, but the formal-looking result is rather handsome. Build quality is high, too, with the exception of the lead from the external power adaptor, which wobbles a bit in its socket. We’d avoid pushing the printer fully back against a wall for this reason, although the protruding duplexer should stop it coming to any harm.

Kodak ESP 9250

Aside from the fax modem and ADF, this MFP is quite well specified with photo printing features such as card slots and a colour display, although at just 6.1cm this is one of the smallest here. Kodak’s installer offers to download the latest software and firmware from the web. It’s a chatty program; giving you updates on everything it’s downloading and installing while all the time running a video to remind you how great the MFP you just bought is.

Kodak ESP 9250 Display

Kodak uses a different arrangement of inks to other manufacturers. A large black tank of pigment ink is partnered with a single colour tank containing black, cyan, magenta and yellow inks – also pigmented. Unlike the dye-based inks in most inkjets, the pigment particles in Kodak’s colour inks can’t pass through the protective top layer of photo paper, which would normally result in prints without a uniform glossy finish. To address this, there’s a fifth chamber in the colour cartridge that contains a clear gloss coating. The upside of pigment inks is that they should produce stronger colours on plain paper, and be far more resistant to fade. Indeed, Willhelm Research suggests Kodak’s photo prints will last 259 years.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Maximum native print resolution 9,600×2,400dpi
Max optical resolution 2,400dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 32ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 30ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 3m 52s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 4m 8s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, PictBridge, 10 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces Bluetooth
Size 445×426,239
Weight 9.0kg

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 140
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 140
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.8+
Other inkjet features 6.1cm colour screen, automatic print head alignment, replaceable print head
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £187
Consumable parts and prices £12
Price per colour A4 page 2.9p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 425 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 420 photo black, cyan, magenta, yellow, gloss pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one-year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 6
Number of ink cartridges 2
Maximum number of ink colours 6
Maximum number of cartridges 2
Quoted photo durability 259 years
Quoted photo durability source Wilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 11s
A4 document at 150dpi 9s
A4 document at 300dpi 20s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 17s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 15s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 22s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 32s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 3m 50s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards USB flash, CF, SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution 300x300dpi