• Review of the Kodak ScanMate i1150WN at PCMagPROS

    Robust, easy-to-deploy software. Excellent OCR accuracy. Includes PDF creation and editing and document management software. Supports numerous network and other connectivity modes.

  • CONS

    Somewhat pricy. Slow at saving to searchable PDF.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Kodak ScanMate i1150WN is a bit slow for the price, but this scanner comes with numerous network and other connectivity options and terrific software, and OCR accuracy is above average.

The Kodak ScanMate i1150WN ($650) from Kodak Alaris is similar in many ways to its previous iteration, the Kodak ScanMate i1150, except that it supports both wired and wireless networking. It’s not, however, as fast as some network-ready scanners we have reviewed, including the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W and Epson’s significantly less expensive WorkForce ES-500W Wireless Duplex Document Scanner. Even though the i1150WN is not lickety-split, it’s plenty fast enough for many micro office and workgroup environments, and it comes with slick and easy-to-use software, making it a good choice for low-to-moderate network document scanning, especially for use at the front desk in medical and dental offices.Read entire review at PCMag


 

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Kodak ESP 3.2 ReviewSure, you can buy all-in-one (AIO) printers in the $100 range that have stronger feature sets than Kodak’s entry-level ESP machines. But you’d be hard pressed to find models that turn out better print quality for the money—especially at one of the lowest per-page operational costs, or costs per page (CPPs), in this class. Like the discontinued Kodak ESP 3 and the more recent ESP C310 (which we reviewed in March 2011), Kodak’s new-for-2012 ESP 3.2 delivers reliably good-looking output, and it does so without mercilessly flogging your wallet each time you replace the ink cartridges.

When you spend less than $100 for an inkjet AIO printer, you can’t expect a speed demon with a bunch of high-end ease-of-use features. In this price range, you’ll need to settle on a model with strengths that meet your specific needs. As a baseline, any entry-level AIO you’re short-listing at should at least print, copy, and scan at a quality level that meets your needs. Beyond that most crucial consideration, you’ll have to weigh and balance the rest of its features.

For example, several models in this price range come with automatic document feeders (ADF) for scanning, copying, and (on those AIOs that support it) faxing multipage documents. Canon’s $99.99 Pixma MX432, as well as Brother’s $99.99 MFC-J430w, for instance, both have ADFs, and they can fax. Like the ESP C310 before it, the ESP 3.2 has neither feature. But then again, you’ll pay more per-page—which, depending on how much you print, adds up quickly—with both the Canon and Brother models (especially the Canon).

Our primary complaint about the ESP C310 wKodak ESP 3.2 Reviewas its slower-than-average print times on our business-document benchmark tests, especially in Normal mode, the setting at which most users print most documents. This new ESP printed our test pages significantly faster overall than the ESP C310, and, on most documents, it churned them out quicker than some other recent models in this price range. Not that we’d call the ESP 3.2 fast—hardly. But, for the most part, it meets or exceeds the print times of most comparably priced competitors.

Because it lacks an ADF, this model is less than ideal for small-business environments. It’s much better suited to home use. We always give a printer high marks for low CPPs, though, especially when most everything else—document print quality, photo print quality, ease of use, reliability, and so on—is equal to or better than competing models. The ESP 3.2 delivers in these areas, and it does so at a relatively low daily operational cost.

We are seldom enthusiastic enough about low-cost AIOs to award them our Editors’ Choice nod, but, like the ESP C310, this one is an exception. We have no qualms recommending it as a low-volume consumer-grade machine. If you do use it to print a lot of documents and photos, though, it will do so less expensively than nearly every other multifunction device in this price range.

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Kodak Hero 9.1

Kodak Hero 9.1, like Kodak's ESP line, unexciting but very practical.

Maybe we’ve been watching too much Food Network, or we’re just working too hard, but this latest printer review kept reminding us to go to lunch. (It’s the name.)

In mid-2011, Kodak replaced its well-established ESP line of inkjet printers with its new “Hero” brand of single-function and multifunction models. Feature for feature, we haven’t seen a huge difference between the Heroes and the printers they’ve replaced. What we have seen, though, from our review of the $199.99 Office Hero 6.1 and this look at the Hero 9.1: These printers are not gourmet models. Instead, these Heroes would be Subway’s practical, do-the-job $5 foot-longs.

The Heroes provide a nice array of convenience and productivity features that most small businesses look for in an all-in-one (AIO) printer. Still, as with last year’s ESP models, we noted nothing ground-breaking in the Hero 9.1. But for small offices looking for “reliable” over “remarkable,” this printer is a contender.

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Kodak Office Hero 6.1

Kodak Office Hero 6.1 - a little slow, but dependable and easy on the pocket book.

Among inkjet printers you can buy today, it’s easy to typecast Kodak’s ESP line of single-function and all-in-one (AIO) models as the no-frills, supermarket brand. But like with some supermarket brands, if you choose right, you can save a bundle.

While not particularly stylish or fancy, the ESP machines generally deliver excellent output quality and value. In addition, the company has made great strides in providing some of the lowest operational costs on the market. Hence, we weren’t surprised with the strong feature set and good print quality found in the company’s Hero line of printers, new in late 2011. This all-new printer lineup consists of five models: the Hero 3.1, Hero 5.1, Hero 7.1, and Hero 9.1, as well as the Office Hero 6.1 (the model we reviewed here). The Hero printers range from entry-level, simple single-function machines to feature-rich multifunction AIO devices.

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A great little printer with an excellent cost per page (CPP)

Once again Kodak releases an economical small office printer that offers great print, copy and scan quality and excellent cost per page (CPP) at a terrific price. Read the review of this Editor’s Choice at ComputerShopper.com

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A great little printer at a great price.

A great little printer at a great price.

Checkout this exceptional little entry-level printer. Great output quality for 100 bucks. See my review at Computer Shopper

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