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Kodak 7250 3-in-1 printer, copier, scanner

By Dale Reagan | August 5, 2010

Kodak ESP 7250 – Purchase: 45 minutes (drive to Staples, purchase and return home)

Unpack & test print: ~15 minutes (many pieces of tape to remove – nicely color coded; print-head and ink easy and quick to install)

Network setup: ~5 minutes (wired connection; custom router setup)

Install software: ~25 minutes (cable Internet connection; latest software download via the Internet) – there is an option to ‘watch a video’ while the software is installed (not sure what I missed…)  I picked up the numbers below while watching the screen update.

A quick review of software menu options does not provide any surprises.  A new icon for printer status/maintenance appears on the task bar.  To review any setup options or access the printer for scanning you  need to run the ‘Home Center’ software (I really liked using the browser in the HP L7590.)  As best I can tell, there is no ‘page counter’ display (but there is an ink and paper status display.)

[Update] – someone pointed out that there is a counter, however, to access it you must use the printer console and print a ‘test page’ – a test page from your PC will not provide the information – you get what your OS considers to be a ‘test page’…  The resulting printout is really excellent (access to this information should have been included with the software! AND it should have been documented ‘better’, i.e. it’s great info with ~38 data points.)  The bad news – you ‘waste’ ink printing this info out since it includes three ‘color stripes’.  This is the detail level of information I would expect from the software interface/tools… What’s included in the 38 data points?

Hmm – there are some secondary applications for Blackberry and iPhone users (print from your phone via a wireless connection…)

HCS description

Registration request with each start (unless you disable.)  In Windows 7 I keep getting prompted about ‘do you want to allow this program to make changes…” – this indicates (to me) that the software may not be as current as it should be; after I select ‘yes’ and the program opens then the request is made yet another time…  (This is Windows 7 UAC – user access control – which is a bit of an annoyance since your only options appear to be to turn UAC off or re-install your software in some special manner – not a directly a Kodak software issue but the Kodak install should ‘take care of it’ or provide you with options during the install – at least, IMO.

  1. Print & edit pictures (while photo-printing was not my main reason for this purchase I will explore the options/results)
    • browse your disk(s) and select photos
    • zoom allows better (but not great) review of photos
    • Perfect Touch option seems to lighten mid-tones
    • there are Adjustment options, limited facial retouch and crop options along with one-button edits
  2. Tools & Docs
    • Tools:  maintenance, AIO printer settings, Scan settings, HCS settings, setup utility (perhaps you add  yet another Kodak printer)
    • Web links:  order supplies, contact Kodak, check for updates
    • General links: troubleshooting, user guide, about
  3. Scan Docs & Pictures
    • there are several setup options for image/document quality in the tools section
    • you can adjust the DPI before a scan (150-9600)
    • you select either picture or document
    • select color or B&W
    • you also have a ‘collage’ option
    • document scanning also offers grayscale and ‘Perfect Picture’ options
  4. Tips (web access)
  5. Order supplies (web access)

There is at least one printer option not shown in HCS – you access them from the front panel:  ‘Printable Forms’ (at least 8 ‘blank’ forms including sheet music staves…  I printed a copy of the ‘reminder list’ and taped it to the top of the printer – I will track pages/photos printed until ink need replacing.

At this point counters for pages printed/photos printed would be a welcome addition.

Printer Configuration (from Windows 7)

There are some features here that would only be of interest to a photo-quality nut (again, I did not purchase the printer intending to print photos) like choosing sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces, ‘Advanced dot placement’???, photo quality paper choices (i.e. KODAK Premium Photo Paper – Gloss, etc.), custom ‘ink drying’ time; more generic options include two-sided printing, save configuration and print preview options.

Some test Print jobs

Overall – pleased at this point. Kinda miss the auto-double-sided copy feature from my last printer.  Definitely miss the page counter (but based on the print tests I think I have a reasonable idea about ink usage…) Curious note – the ink cartridge packaging does not indicate any volume of ink.

Feedback/comments, Problem & Resolution list

  1. powered down the printer and the Windows 7 PC could no longer ‘find the printer’; changed from fixed IP (in printer) to DCHP – IP successfully renewed, could ‘ping’ the printer but the PC still did not ‘see it’…  Re-booted the PC – printer now present & working…  This could be a Windows 7 networking problem but, more likely, it is a problem with the Kodak 7250 network printer driver not properly updating it’s status…
  2. the printer status monitor should (IMO) contain links to:  preferences, maintenance, etc.  You have to visit one of several Windows 7 options to reach/modify the printer setup.
  3. printing from Adobe Lightroom – where do I find profiles that can be used with Adobe products?  After a fruitless search I sent a query to Kodak via their support web site – waiting for response (within ~48 hours is what the web page tells me…)   I did get a courteous response which says that there is no direct support for Lightroom but a link was provided to ICC printer profiles (which I had already found);  the problem with the ICC profile page is that it does NOT provide profiles (or identify them as such) for Kodak printers???
  4. I tried a test print of a target image from www.inkjetart.com/custom (bottom of page, PhotoDisc Target image).  Using KHC result was fine; using KHC with ‘Perfect Print’ brought out the shadows; printing from Lightroom with color management set to ‘managed by printer’ was NOT good… Print now has a color cast (and the print preview window also had one…)  I also tried using an Epson Glossy PK profile – which resulted in an excessive magenta cast on the print.  I guess the solution would be a three step printing process (when using Lightroom): 1) edit image, 2) print ‘to a file’, a 3) use KHC to send the file to the printer…
  5. sRGB & Adobe RGB settings – are not accessible within  KHC while printing image – you have to return to the Windows 7 printer setup tools to access/change the ‘preferences’ (and don’t forget to ‘reset’ to sRGB if you only need Adobe RGB on a limited basis…)
  6. you can create custom printer ‘preferences’ but there is no way (at least I have not found one) to choose it when using KHC for printing.  Why does this matter?  It does not unless you change your paper type (i.e. gloss, matte, etc.)  Even if you do create a custom printer preference you have no way of knowing that it is being used (within KHC) so you would have to (I guess) a) change the preferences from Windows 7 and b) then start KHC for each preference setting and then c) compare the print results for any differences.
  7. Each time you access the preferences it simply displays ‘my current preference’ – if you are using a custom setup then you have to review each to see which one is in effect.  Make sure to click on ‘apply’ if you change the setup…
  8. Based on what I am seeing, the ‘print preview’ provides a realistic presentation of the final print but it does not seem to work when you choose multiple copies (from Microsoft Works, at least…)
  9. If you a) set a custom printer preference and then b) use print preview you can see that the custom settings seem to be in effect (i.e. set printer to 2 pages per sheet) – the KHC software should provide a means to reach all of the printer settings otherwise you could wind up ‘double setting’ your output.
  10. It would be nice if KHC printing had a ‘black border’ or ‘crop marks’ option for printing smaller sizes on larger paper… (there is an option within ‘Printer Preferences’ when you select multiple pages per sheet of paper.)
  11. Linux printing – my Fedora system (FC 13) was able to locate the printer on the network.  I tried four (4) different drivers but was not able to print a test page.  I was able to install the driver for Windows XP running as a virtual machine under Linux – printing seems to work just fine (so I suppose I do have a three step printing solution under Linux, i.e. install the driver on the XP VM, share the printer and then connect from Linux – not tested!  Simplest solution (using the VM) is to place desired print files in location that the VM has access to and then print…
  12. The drivers/tools appear to be using the Bonjour network service.

Scanning

  1. Scanning – the menu-driven printer panel for scanning only seems to work is you a have USB-connected printer;  auto-separate (when scanning multiple prints) seems to work well. My test scan is from the prints made of my color-test prints (made using KHC and Adobe Lightroom.) After scanning you have edit options – I skipped them.  BTW – make sure to place scanned object in alignment with the scanner bed – there is no  auto-crop-fix…  Scanned images do seem to lose ‘edges’ – you have to ‘preview scan  and then ‘fix [the] scan’ to capture the entire image if a white border is present…  (I tried covering scans with colored paper to ‘help’ the scanner locate any white edges – seems the scan ‘auto-crops’ when it locates ‘white edges’…)  When you save scans the default JPEG quality is ‘medium’; after reviewing the scans I changed the default to Maximum JPEG quality (file sizes jumped from ~250 KB to ~1.5MB – quality OK for web use but scan very ‘grainy’.
  2. During my testing I found that setting the scan ‘defaults’ did not translate into use (i.e. I specified a default folder and naming convention but when I scan and select ‘save’ I see options from my last scan for image naming and location…)  Also, it would be nice to have an ‘open folder’ for scans once you complete them.linux
  3. Scanning – 600 DPI (default is 300) – each scan requires a ‘reset’ of the ‘crop fix’; file sizes double but still getting grainy results
  4. Scanning – 1200 DPI – I get a warning about long scan time and large files… (same three files selected); now I get another warning that I can proceed but ‘image processing will be disabled’; also, the message states that I do not have enough memory (~3GB RAM, AMD 2x 2.80GHz, 64 bit Windows 7…) Scan takes about 10 minutes and includes combines all images…  It takes about 15 seconds to ‘save’ the JPEG file at Maximum quality.  The file size:  ~110MB!  Scan still too grainy (for me…)  It seems that the ‘image processing’ refers to the auto-extract-multiple images – which did not occur for this scan.
  5. Scanning at 2400 DPI – at this point the software informs me that I have too many images – I change to a single image:  ~24MB – still too grainy…
  6. Scanning at 4800 DPI: ~24 MB – still too grainy…
  7. Scanning at 9600 DPI – single image scan: ~24MB – still grainy…

Note that the higher resolution scans result in JPEG files that are all about the same size?  When I open the scanned files in Photoshop it reports the scans as being:

At this point I decide that the quality of the original image is where the graininess is coming from (4×6 photo printed with this printer – I don’t recall the ‘quality’ settings of the print so most likely it was not ‘maximum quality’ (GIGO!)  I will also guess that scanning beyond 1200 DPI will not provide much benefit.

Error 2106 while scanning

The Kodak support site lists a number or related pages (search for ‘error code 2106) – I simply rebooted to resolve the problem.  My guess is that are ‘network issues’ with the Kodak software (it does not seem to handle ‘change’ very well…

More details on networking

A device scan reveals that the printer is responding to network requests on several ports (without the wireless features enabled.)  I blocked access to the printer in my firewall (the printer will not be able to directly ‘phone home’ or connect to any system not on my internal network – I have not seen any network connection attempts, so far…)

  1. Discovered open port 139/tcp on Printer_IP_ADDRESS
  2. Discovered open port 80/tcp on Printer_IP_ADDRESS
  3. Discovered open port 9101/tcp on Printer_IP_ADDRESS
  4. Discovered open port 7000/tcp on Printer_IP_ADDRESS
  5. Discovered open port 9100/tcp on Printer_IP_ADDRESS

 


Update: 8/2010 – not happy with this printer

 

I get a message box with a List of items to check:

  1. make sure printer is ON (duh & yes it is and I confirmed the network settings and printed from another PC)
  2. make sure connected to same network (I can ‘ping’ the printer from the PC having the print problem…)
  3. MAKE SURE THE PRINT QUEUE IS ONLINE. – What the heck?  you mean Kodak is not using the Windows Print Queue?  I need to check on yet-another-piece of software????  How do I check this?

At this  point I am ready to toss this printer based on list of problems/concerns already noted in this post.  IMO it is NOT a network (standalone) printer – seems (to me) that too many software pieces are required on your PC.  It does not provide the level of printer access/control that I am accustomed to (might be fine for less-demanding folks…)  Too many intermittent (seemingly network related) problems requiring reboots/software updates or perhaps even complete un-install/re-install.  [Based on readers searching for it, ‘error 2106’ seems to be quite common – another indicator that the networking pieces used in this printer are simply lacking…]

And yes, I have heard about this wonderful thing called the Internet where I can SPEND HOURS trying to find solutions to problems THAT I SHOULD NOT BE HAVING…  No thanks.  This printer gets tossed when the ink is gone.

I did resolve the problem (un-install printer, reboot PC and add it back – test…)

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