Printing from the cloud is perhaps the most convenient feature of the Hero 6.1, and you get two simple ways to print from any computer with an Internet connection. Google Cloud Print is a free utility that lets multiple users share your printer over the Web with a simple username registration and a compatible device running Google. Google stores your device information on its servers to keep your computer clutter-free and simplifies the process even further by keeping drivers and firmware up-to-date.
The other side of the Hero 6.1's cloud printing is Kodak Email Print. It's designed to release users from the shackles of the print driver by assigning a unique e-mail address to every connected printer, which you can use to send jobs directly from any connected device. When you send an e-mail to the printer, you can choose to either attach a compatible file (Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, PDF, text files, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF) for formatted documents or just paste a body of text in plain or HTML form into the body of the e-mail. Kodak provides the e-mail address for your particular device during the wireless setup process, and the virtual instructions walk you through it step by step.
The Office Hero 6.1 performed at a noticeably slower rate than the average printer in the $200 price bracket. The disparity is usually negligible unless you're printing long documents, but the Kodak's speeds dropped down to a rate that may bottleneck fast-paced offices. For comparison, the Epson WorkForce 520 printed a 10-page plain black-text Word document at 12.51 pages per minute (ppm), more than seven times faster than the Office Hero 6.1's disappointing 4.94ppm.
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Once the printer eventually spits out your job, you'll be impressed with the resolution quality. Graphic documents and everyday text prints came out looking the best out of all the results from the printers I compared, with acceptable saturation levels that I wouldn't hesitate to use as presentation materials for an office meeting. Scan quality is satisfactory as well thanks to the Hero 6.1's new 2,400dpi scanning bay, and the upgrade resolves the dark compression issues we've seen in previous Kodak models.
Service and support
Kodak supports the Office Hero 6.1 with a one-year warranty for toll-free phone and online-chat tech support available every day. The Kodak Web site provides access to manuals, driver downloads, troubleshooting tips, graphic tutorials, and a list of frequently asked questions.
The Office Hero 6.1 is a smart performer for offices that need universal printing access from stationary computers and mobile devices. With an attractive design that shows improvement over previous models and innovative features like an automatic paper sensor as well as the Kodak Pic Flick app, the Kodak Office Hero 6.1 is worth your dollar.
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