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Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £119.99
inc VAT

This compact MFP isn't perfect, but it has everything a micro business needs – including very low running costs


print speed, USB, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, 296x650x455mm

Kodak’s ESP Office 2170 is a compact inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) aimed at home workers and micro businesses. It’s not as smart looking as some of the competition, notably devices from Epson and Canon, but it’s not bad either; its textured black plastics, livened up with a silver backplate around the controls and a flash of Kodak yellow at the front of the scanner lid, are easy on the eye.

The 2170 includes most of the features that a small business might need, including the basics of print, scan, copy and fax. The latter two take advantage of a 25-page automatic document feeder (ADF), enabling unattended multi-page copies or transmissions. There’s also support for wireless networking, although not wired Ethernet. Like most MFPs we test, the 2170 supports direct photo printing via PictBridge USB and various camera memory cards, but we doubt this is high in the list of priorities for most start-ups. The only notable omission is automatic duplex (double-sided) printing.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer controls

This is a simple product to use, with print and scanner drivers that are straightforward. The printer’s own control buttons are similarly clear and simple, though they bleep irritatingly with each press until you find how to turn it off. The small screen is clear from most angles; important given that neither it nor the control panel in which it’s mounted will pivot.

The 2170 is based on the same print engine as the Kodak ESP C310 we reviewed last month. As such, it’s no surprise to find that its performance was nearly identical in our tests. Although it’s quite fast when printing draft text, it’s less competitive at its standard quality settings, with 25 copies of our formal letter taking nearly six and a half minutes. At 2.9 pages per minute (ppm), the rate of graphics-rich colour printing was adequate, while postcard-sized photo prints were reasonably fast, each taking a minute.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Maximum native print resolution 4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 3m 29s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 6m 4s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 802.11 b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 296x650x455mm
Weight 6.9kg

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 200gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 150
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 150
Duplex (code, cost if option) No


Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
Other inkjet features 3.8cm colour screen
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £120
Consumable parts and prices £11
Price per colour A4 page 2.7p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 335 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 390 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one-year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 2
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 2
Quoted photo durability 259 years
Quoted photo durability source Wilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 7s
A4 document at 150dpi 7s
A4 document at 300dpi 20s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 29s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 24s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 22s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 26s
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 SD, MMC, Memory Stick (Pro)
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Max mono copy resolution 1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution 1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution 300x300dpi
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) 100