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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

The is impressive, but the quality of the photos isn’t. While our two colour 10x8in photos looked good, our black and white image had a distinct magenta cast and lacked detail in dark areas. Things weren’t much better on our postcard-sized prints which, despite sharp detailing in the mid-tones, had lacklustre colours and an unconvincing gloss finish that imparted a magenta note to reflections. Also, the ESP 9250 couldn’t recognise the photos on the SD card we used for testing, despite virtually every other recent MFP having no such problem.

Kodak ESP 9250 Memory card slots

While black text looked dark and very crisp, we were surprised that Kodak’s pigmented colour inks didn’t make more of an impression on plain paper. The outline of colour text remained crisp and the detail of graphics was high, but the colours themselves remained drab and looked slightly washed out.

We were happier with results from the scanner, which was fairly quick even at high resolutions and produced sharply-focused results. Detail was well preserved in very light areas, with only the very darkest two shades on our Q-60 target being hard to distinguish. Colour fidelity wasn’t its strong point, but while images ended up with slightly richer colours than the originals, the effect was subtle rather than ruinous.

With underwhelming photos, the Kodak’s balance of features and extremely low running costs suggest it’s best left in the office. Aside from imperfect colour photocopies, it does everything a small business needs.

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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