Ten budget inkjet printers
Bargain basement all-in-ones
Kodak ESP 3.2
There are only slight differences between this machine and the £10 cheaper ESP 1.2. The first is a true touchscreen, with a longer diagonal of 61mm, which makes control easier and shows bigger photo thumbnails. Although the printer also uses the same print engine, Kodak claims to have tweaked it to produce speeds of 8ppm and 5.5ppm.
Under test, though, I only saw small increases, and measured 8.6ppm and 3.7ppm for black and colour. Print quality is good on both plain and photo paper. Running costs are the same as from the cheaper machine, too, though these are very good on both.
Reg Rating 75%
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Lexmark Interpret S405
Looking slightly long in the tooth, Lexmark’s entry-level all-in-one is a big, pragmatic machine. Though it only has a two-line, mono LCD, it provides a PictBridge socket for cameras, as well as SD and MemoryStick and there’s a 35-sheet ADF, which works well with its fax support.
Rated at 17ppm and 11ppm printing black and colour, I only saw 6.8ppm and 4.1ppm, but the colour speed, in particular, is good. Print quality is OK on both plain and photo paper, but running costs are high, at 3.9p for black and 11.5p for colour. Despite what appears to be a high price for the printer, it can be had for around £50, online. ®
Reg Rating 70%
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