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Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer review

Simon Handby
22 Jun 2011
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

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Specifications

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.