Kodak Office Hero 6.1
The only all-in-one in the group to sport a duplex ADF, which means you can copy a duplex document as one task. A duplex scan takes three passes, though, so isn’t particularly quick. The control panel boasts a 63mm LCD and well laid out controls and there’s a single, 200-sheet paper tray with no special media feed. USB, Ethernet and wireless connections are standard and Kodak offers remote printing using Google Cloud. Print speeds are uninspired at 5.4ppm for black and 3.1ppm for colour and, strangely, duplex prints and copies come through around 10 per cent smaller than single-sided ones. Print quality is good in both black and colour and page costs, at 1.5p and 4.3p, are attractively low.
Reg Rating 75%
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A recent makeover in Lexmark’s range of all-in-ones, this machine offers the Vizix 2 ink system, giving better quality print on plain and photo papers than its predecessor. The case has had a face-lift too and is now very square-cut. A single, 150-sheet paper tray is the only paper source and the machine connects through USB, Ethernet or wireless, with the wireless connection supporting both Android devices and AirPrint. Print speeds of 7.6ppm and 3.9ppm for black and colour are fair, though the duplex speed of 3.3 sides per inch is a little sluggish. Print costs, with the extra-cheap black cartridge, are 1.6p (low) and 7.0p (about average). ®
Reg Rating 70%
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Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers
So... can these devices print the entire surface of a sheet of paper (i.e. without non-printing margins)? The (photoshopped) imagery for most of them appears to imply that they can.
For something like this, remember, it's spread over 5 pages.
Would it be so much to have a little data table at the end, where we can see the facts again, but in a format that allows comparison?
Also, the cost average, is that average for this batch of 10, for all printers, or just printers of this rough class-range?
Would have liked a "does it scan without ink cartridges" option
As I had a HP which was PURELY purchased just for ADF and sure enough, one cartridge went "dry", the printer failed to do anything demanding I purchase another cartridge (rinse and repeat).
@Audrey S. Thackeray. Re: Disappointing review
I think that with a 10 product round-up it is fairly clear that unless the author were to write a humungous review (after spending a couple of months trialling all of them) it was always going to be 3 - 4 paragraphs or so per product. Surely the use of such "portmanteau" reviews is to enable the reader to pick out one or two products for consideration followed by a bit of googling to see if there are any more extensive reviews of the individual product available out there?
I can't imagine using this review in any purchasing decision, there's just not enough info - it would be good as a minimum to include the dimensions of the device and some samples of the printing / scanning. Also would want to know if the print cost figures have been calculated from actual use or (as I suspect) quoted from manufacturer's specs.
I quite like this quick round-up style for reviews of toys and gadgets but it needs more depth for things like this.