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Kodak ESP 9250 review: Kodak ESP 9250

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The Good Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity; good line-up of features; duplex printing; low running costs.

The Bad Not the fastest printer on the block; combined colour cartridge.

The Bottom Line The Kodak ESP 9250 is very cheap to run and produces decent results. If you're looking for a printer to use in a busy home office, we think it's a good-long term bet.

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The Kodak ESP 9250 inkjet all-in-one printer is the big brother of the ESP 7250. It adds an automatic document feeder and fax support, so it's more suitable for use in a home office. As with most of Kodak's printers, it's more expensive initially than equivalent rival machines, costing around £180, but it's cheaper to run than most of the competition.

Déjà vu design

Visually, the 9250 is very similar to the 7250. Essentially, it looks like a large box that has curved sides and a large mouth in the middle where the printed sheets are feed out onto a telescopic tray. Above the mouth sits the flip-out control panel that houses a 2.4-inch screen, along with dedicated buttons for the various printing, scanning, copying and faxing functions. There's also a numerical keypad for dialling fax numbers.

The front is home to two memory-card slots. The first takes care of xD, SD and Memory Stick cards, while the second accommodates CompactFlash cards. Beneath these, there's a PictBridge-compatible USB port that lets you use the printer to grab photos directly from compatible cameras or USB drives.

Kodak has added an automatic document feeder to the top of the flatbed scanner. It accepts documents of up to 30 sheets, and allows you to automatically copy or fax multi-page documents, without having to manually place each sheet on the scanner's glass surface -- a great time-saver when you're using the 9250 in a home office.

The main paper tray at the bottom holds up to 100 sheets of paper, which isn't a huge amount for a home-office model. But it does also house a separate photo-paper section, so you don't have to remove the normal A4 sheets of paper when you want to print photos, as you do with some other models.

The 9250's large control panel and abundance of buttons make it straightforward to use.

The 9250 can be used over USB, Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The latter two options make it easy to share the printer with other computers on your network, and both are pretty straightforward to set up.

Installing the cartridges is also easy. There are just two cartridges, as Kodak combines all the colour inks into a single cartridge. That's not the best idea in our book, as, if you run down just one colour, you have to replace the whole cartridge. The two cartridges slot into a semi-permanent print head, which then slots into the main print mechanism. Once the 9250 has completed printing an alignment page and you've loaded the drivers on your computer, you're good to go.

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