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Kodak ESP 3.2 All-in-One Printer (video)Despite its remote-printing capabilities, the Kodak ESP 3.2's design blunders and inconsistent performance are unacceptable in the face of competing multifunctions in the sub-$100 category.
I -- CNET editor Justin -- this your first look at the Kodak ESP 3.2 all in one project. So this -- 100 dollar multi function device can print scan and copy. But that's just not enough for today's average imaging devices this one also has multiple connectivity options including cloud printing. But it still doesn't earn my recommendation when there are other predators out there like the Epson Stylus and export thirty. That'll give you all the same features as this one plus separate ink cartridge -- and better imaging quality in a smaller overall package. But the ESP 3.2 does have a pretty small footprint. It's just mediocre in most other regards you don't get an audit document feeder on top here for the scanning and copying functions which may or may not deter shoppers. At the end of the day investing in a printer is an exercise in personal utility for example. The NX 430 by Epson is the best one you want if you have a tiny workspace whereas the Canon -- -- an X 3782. Can be had for eighty bucks which is cheaper than this one. And that give you an -- document feeder so be sure to measure up those specs on and make sure they're up to your personal -- requirements. The hardware is really my main issue with a three point -- however. Whereas competing printers do you feel sturdy and able to withstand bumps it do you use this -- cheap light plastic exit of flimsy and delicate -- And this -- arm keeping up the hood is old technology. That really Mars the overall design. Under the hood you'll find -- standard ink cartridge -- with separate cartridges for black and color. So expect the output quality to take a serious hit compared to an X 430. Which has three separate tanks for cyan magenta and yellow colors. Taking a quick tour around the device you find a small 2.4 inch LCD screen up top. And a couple virtual buttons on the side that. You'll -- convenient multi media card reader that you -- by the USB port for printing directly from the camera. One thing the 3.2 does have going for it -- you were connectivity options you can connected using a standard USB cord. But the built in wireless is really where you get the most functionality with remote printing and Kodak's new email print. That feature lets you send print jobs directly to the printer. From anywhere which email access and does a lot of free users from the shackles of that in -- print driver software. But despite its versatility under the hood you can get more features. Faster performance and better imaging quality out of competing systems like the -- 430 from Epson. That's actually twenty dollars cheaper. You can read more details on both printers on cnet.com. But that's gonna do -- for me I'm Justin Yu and you just took a first look at the Kodak ESP 3.2 all in one --