Kodak ESP 3.2 All-in-One Printer

The Good The Kodak ESP 3.2 manages decent output performance on both speed and image quality.

The Bad A fixed-angle display limits its usability in tight spaces.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 4.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Support 8.0
5.3 Overall

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Review

Kodak ESP 3.2 All-in-One Printer

The $100 ESP 3.2 is Kodak's beginner's multifunction device that can print, scan, fax, and copy, but a week of testing is all I need to give it a thumbs down. I'm especially disappointed that this entry-level device still suffers the same mechanical design issues of legacy models like the Kodak ESP 5. Despite its multiple connectivity options (including cloud printing), it's a tough sell against the Epson Stylus NX430 that offers more versatile features in a much sexier package.


Design and features
"Small-in-Ones" notwithstanding, the ESP 3.2 still has a compact footprint relative to other multifunction printers at 16.5 inch wide, 12.4 inches deep, and 7 inches tall. Its multifunction moniker means it prints, scans, and copies, but you don't get an auto-document feeder so you have to endure scanning large stacks of documents or snapshot photos on a sheet-by-sheet basis. The Epson NX430 doesn't have one either, but the $80 Canon Pixma MX372 does if that's a purchase priority for you.

The paper output tray sits flush within the unit and folds down with an extendable plastic arm that pulls out of the edge to corral sheets of paper as it completes each job. On the whole, the printer is made of a light plastic that reminds me of a Playskool toy and gives the device a flimsy and delicate feel.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Kodak
  • Type printer / copier / scanner
  • Type Multifunction printer
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Optical Resolution 1200 dpi
  • Compatibility PC, Mac
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