Kodak's Office Hero 6.1 is a colour all-in-one inkjet printer aimed at those who work from home. Priced at around £170, it includes a number of useful features, such as automatic two-sided printing, built-in Wi-Fi, and support for cloud printing.
Like the other models in the new Hero range, this one has a pretty striking design. Its chassis is predominantly finished in matte black plastic, but glossy highlighting is used on the control panel, and an eye-catching red stripe runs across the handle on the lid of the scanner. It's definitely one of the better-looking printers we've come across recently.
The front panel has a 2.4-inch colour screen, which is a big help when you're trying to select pictures to print either via memory keys plugged into the front-mounted USB port, or the memory-card reader that's located next to it. The control panel also includes dedicated buttons for the copy, fax, scan and photo-printing features, as well as a full numeric keypad for dialling fax numbers.
This printer lacks the touchscreen controls of the, but the traditional direction pad makes it quick and easy to navigate around the clean and simple menus.
Paper is stored in a 200-sheet feeder at the bottom of the chassis, and the printed results are fed into a telescopic tray that sits just above. There isn't a separate photo-paper tray, so, unfortunately, you have to remove your A4 sheets when you want to print glossy snaps.
Setting up the printer is very straightforward. All you have to do is open up the belly of the machine, insert the black and colour cartridges, place the installation disc in your PC, and then follow the on-screen instructions. There's also a Wi-Fi set-up wizard that you can view on the printer's own screen. This lets you set up Wi-Fi printing without the need for a PC.
The Office Hero 6.1 also supports cloud printing, which basically means that you can send print jobs to it from any Internet-connected device, including laptops and smart phones, from anywhere you like. Kodak supports two cloud-printing options -- its own service and that of Google.
Scanning and copying
The 6.1's flatbed scanner has an optical resolution of 2,400dpi and includes an automatic document feeder. This lets you scan or copy multi-page documents of up to 35 pages in length, and will be a great time-saver for many home office users, especially as it automatically handles double-sided documents.