Testing Reveals Kodak ESP 5250 Image-Quality Flaws; No 1 Cent CPP For Lexmark Impact S305
Wirth Consulting recently concluded its hands-on testing of two recently introduced color ink-jet All-in-Ones, Kodak’s ESP 5250 and Lexmark’s Impact S305. Following is a run-down on some of our findings.
Kodak ESP 5250
The ESP 5250 lists at $149.99 and is a “three-in-one” with wireless print and scan, and copy (no fax). There’s also no automatic document feeder. We believe the $149.99 pricing is a bit inflated, as, for instance, some contemporary All-in-Ones feature an automatic document feeder and fax, but are lower priced. For instance, we just performed hands-on testing of Hewlett-Packard’s new Officejet 4500 which lists at $99.00 (wired Ethernet version) and $129.00 (wireless version) both of which include an automatic document feeder and fax. Without an automatic document feeder, copying or scanning a multi-page document is much more time-consuming (you must place each original on the flatbed scanner, remove it, place the next original, etc.). And, because the flatbed is limited to only scanning pages up to 8.5”x11.7”, you’ll have a problem if you need to copy or scan legal-size or longer originals.
Lexmark Impact S305
Lexmark International’s Impact S305 is a compact, entry-level color All-in-One/MFP that performed very capably in Wirth Consulting’s extensive evaluation. As with its bigger cousin, the more expensive Platinum Pro905 that incorporates a Web-enabled touch screen and Lexmark’s SmartSolutions applications, the system produced good image quality, while print and copier productivity were acceptable. The Impact S305 also incorporates the same Printer Home solution that the Platinum Pro905 is equipped with. All-in-all, this is straightforward, easy-to-use software for scanning, and for maintenance and troubleshooting. The Printer Home solution provides enough options to satisfy more advanced scanning users, but is also easy to use.
While overall, the Platinum Pro905 is most suitable for SMB users, the Impact S305 is more suitable for small- and home-office (SOHO) users. For instance, since it lacks an automatic document feeder, making copying and scanning multi-page documents is more time-consuming, and paper capacity is more limited at 100 sheets. But this is typical for this very affordable segment, and isn’t a knock on the system.