are renowned for being sold on the razor blade model, whereby the initial cost of the printer is low, but the price of ink cartridges is high. Kodak takes a different approach. Its printers cost a bit more upfront, but the running costs are lower than most of the competition. The Kodak ESP 7250 is a good example, as it can be picked up online for around £145, but print costs work out at around 2.4p per page for a black and white document.
Slick menu system
The ESP 7250 is a slightly boxier looking machine than most all-in-one printers we've seen recently, but with curved edges on the top and bottom, it's still a relatively good looking model. The front panel contains a 2.4-inch colour screen that sits next to a four-way control pad along with various other buttons for the copying and scanning functions.
To the lower right of the control panel there are two memory cards slots. The first covers off SD, xD and Memory Stick cards, while the second takes care of CompactFlash cards. There's also a PictBridge-compatible USB port located here. The large-ish screen makes it not just easy to navigate the printer's slick menu system, but also to select the photos from memory cards that you want to print.
Setting up the 7250 is quick and painless. The printer uses one black cartridge and one colour cartridge and these slot into a semi-permanent print head that then slots into the main print mechanism. The printer has a comprehensive range of connection options: USB, Ethernet port and integrated Wi-Fi.