The Kodak ESP Office 2170 is an all-in-one printer designed for use in a home office. As well as letting you print photos and the like, it offers more business-like features, such as an automatic document feeder that allows you to photocopy several pages without having to manually feed each sheet into the scanner. The 2170 is available for around £125.
The 2170 has the usual boxy, angular look of a multi-function printer. Although its matte black, plastic chassis looks rather cheap, we reckon it's likely to stand up well to long-term use. A small stripe of Kodak's corporate yellow on the scanner lid brightens up the device's appearance.
On the front, there's a small, 1.5-inch colour screen. The screen is fine for tasks like setting up the number of photocopies to be made, but it seems very small when you're working with pictures.
Next to the screen there's a pretty busy control panel that has dedicated buttons for copying, scanning, faxing and printing photos. There's also a numerical keypad so you can enter fax numbers. Below this panel, on the left-hand side, there's both a multi-format card reader for printing photos and a USB PictBridge port so you can connect your camera directly to the printer.
On top of the scanner, the 2170 has an automatic document feeder that can accept up to 25 sheets. This allows you to sit a multi-page document in the feeder and have the individual sheets automatically copied or faxed one at a time -- that will prove handy for those who want to use the printer in a home office.
When printing, paper is fed in via a tray on the rear that holds up to 150 sheets. The output is spewed into a telescopic tray at the front.
Setting up the printer is very easy. You can either rely on the on-screen set-up wizard or use the one on the supplied software installation CD. The printer can be connected via USB or Wi-Fi. If you're using Wi-Fi, you don't need to connect the printer to your computer at all.
Yes, you scan
The 2170's scanner has an optical resolution of 1,200dpi. It's speedy, and the quality of its scans is impressive. When scanning photos, it does a good job of retaining sharpness on edges and also manages to capture subtle differences in colour hues at the darker end of the spectrum.
The copying speed is fast too, with the 2170 managing to copy our A4 black and white test sheet in just 20 seconds.