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Kodak ESP 3.2 Review

The Kodak ESP 3.2 is a fairly mediocre entry-level printer.

June 04, 2012
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Science Introduction

This Kodak printer doesn't really hold up well to the competition, and here come the numbers.

Color Performance

Cannot reproduce most of the AdobeRGB color gamut.

Overall, the Kodak esp 3.2 did about an average job of maintaining color accuracy, but in this day and age, average is quite a bit better than it was 10 years ago. For an entry level printer, this is a fairly good and competitive result, but overall it's not going to make printers at a higher price point shiver.

Despite how accurately this printer reproduced color values, it does not have a very wide color gamut. We recorded that it was only able to reproduce 31.42% of the AdobeRGB color gamut, which is very low for a modern printer. While nobody buying this printer will mistake it for a pro-photo printer, be advised that the fewer color values a printer has available to use sometimes translates into artifacts in gradients or shadows that contain values the printer cannot reproduce.

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Print Speed

If you want a fast printer, look elsewhere.

Despite how slowly the printer normally operates, it at least does not dawdle long before starting your print job, which is a plus. That being said, it's very hard to ignore how slow the printer is, and the fractions of a second you gain by having a short initialization time are lost waiting for the print job to finish.

If you're looking for a printer that can churn out photos at a respectable speed at best quality, you're looking in the wrong place. Clocking in at 3.06 seconds per square inch of photo, the Kodak esp 3.2 has a poor print speed at best, and will keep you waiting for a long time if you want anything other than a single 4 x 6 print.

Similarly, the Kodak esp 3.2 is also extremely slow in printing documents at best quality as well. By printing documents at a glacial pace of 1.57 pages per minute, this is not a printer that will let you get your documents and get out the door in any sort of quick fashion.

Detail Performance

The ESP 3.2 has trouble reproducing sharp edges.

In our labs, we recorded a DMax (depth of blacks) measurement of 2.5, which is fairly decent despite many printers doing better in recent memory. This should provide an acceptably wide contrast ratio for most photos, as it's far deeper than what would be considered "mediocre."

Overall, the Kodak esp 3.2 handles detail in gradients fairly well. In addition, it maintains fine lines to an impressive degree, which is why it's so mystifying that it does not seem to be able to produce sharp edges. If you look at scans of high-detail pictures, you'll notice that the edges are blurry, and they seem to lose differentiation between two colors in several places. While this level of error isn't all that terrible, it's something not seen on professional photographs.

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