The scanner is also called into play for the photocopier function, which produces copies at a fairly speedy pace. For example, our single-page black and white test document took 21 seconds to emerge from the device.
Copy quality is pretty good. Even trickier areas of copies, such as photo detail, are well preserved.
Print speed and quality
When it comes to actual printing, the 7.1 is far from the fastest model around. It took 2 minutes and 50 seconds to produce our ten-page black and white text document, which is around a minute slower than many of its rivals. It was also sluggish when it came to printing ten copies of our colour graphics test, taking 4 minutes and 2 seconds, while our ten-page colour presentation took 3 minutes and 40 seconds to emerge. It was rather speedier when it came to photo printing, delivering a 4- by 6-inch snap in 48 seconds, which is roughly in line with its competitors.
Print quality is generally quite impressive. Text is well formed, with none of the feathering around the edges that you sometimes see with inkjet models. Colours in graphics documents also look rich and bold, and big areas of colour fill are pretty much completely devoid of banding. Photo prints are first-rate too, with rich colour hues and good levels of detail in darker areas of the picture.
The printer uses a semi-permanent print head into which you slot a combined colour cartridge and a black cartridge. Combined colour cartridges aren't brilliant, as, if you run down one ink, you have to replace the whole thing.
Nevertheless, this printer is very economical to run in the long term. A black and white page works out at 2.25p, including 0.7p for paper costs, while colour pages will set you back around 3.8p each.
The Kodak Hero 7.1 isn't without its faults, but it still manages to stand out from the crowd, thanks to its gorgeous design, great touchscreen, excellent print quality and low running costs. We think it's an excellent choice if you're seeking a family printer.
Edited by Charles Kloet