Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kodak MY HERO!!!

Technology hasn't quite been my friend this year, shortly after my laptop died, my printer died too. Like many people do, I vented via Social Media to my dead printer manufacturer, sadly to no avail. So I reached out to a few other printer manufacturers and the first to answer my plea for help was Kodak! We are a three generation loyal Kodak Camera family but had never tried out their printers before. I have actually used only 2 printer manufacturers, one at work and a different brand at home, but we are talking over 10 years using those 2 brands exclusively.

This year has been thrusting me head first into change of all kinds, some I was ready for, others not so much, but this time around I will say it's been a phenomenal change!

Kodak was kind enough to send Ascending Butterfly their KODAK HERO 7.1 All-in-One Printer!

KODAK HERO 7.1 All-in-One Printer in retail packaging!

ABOUT THE KODAK HERO 7.1 All-in-One Printer:

Print specifications
Print speed
  • photos: borderless KODAK Lab-Quality 4 × 6 in. photos in as little as 28 seconds
  • documents: 8.5 ipm in black / 5.5 ipm in color
  • automatic two-sided printing
Print resolution9600 optimized DPI for high-resolution color photo printing / 1200 × 1200 DPI for highest monochrome text resolution (default)
Paper size
  • borderless photos from 4 × 6 in. up to 8.5 × 11 in.
  • documents from 4 × 6 in. up to 8.5 × 14 in.
Paper capacity
100-sheet paper tray (20 lb) and separate 40-sheet photo paper tray
Mobile printing
Copy specifications

Copy speed
first copy output time (FCOT): 25 seconds[8]
Copy features
  • copy up to 99 copies at a time on a 20–500% scaling or fit to page range
  • adjustable brightness and quality
Document size
copy up to 8.5 × 11.7 in. or to 8.5 × 14 in.

Scan specifications

2400 DPI optical scanner (CIS), 24-bit 9600 interpolated DPI
Scan features
  • scan multiple photos simultaneously and get separate files automatically
  • scan and edit documents with optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Perfect Page scanning technology[9]corrects your scanned images so they look better than the original
  • scan to PC, Google Docs, email, memory cards, USB flash drive, network folders
Document size
scan up to 8.5 × 11.7 in. or to 8.5 × 14 in.

General specifications
  • built-in Wi-Fi, 802.11 b/g/n
  • Google Cloud Print ready[10]
  • KODAK Email Print Service ready[11]
  • iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BLACKBERRY, or ANDROID device with the KODAK Pic Flick App[12]
  • USB 2.0 High Speed
  • DPOF / USB / PictBridge port
Supported memory card formats
print without a computer using memory card slots—SECURE DIGITAL (SD)/SECURE DIGITAL HIGH CAPACITY (SDHC), MULTIMEDIA CARD (MMC), MEMORY STICK (MS)/MEMORY STICK PRO (PRO), and with adapter: MS Duo, miniSD, microSD/SDHC
3.5 in. color LCD touchscreen
Power consumption
ENERGY STAR qualified
[W × D × H]: 17.5 × 17.0 × 7.5 in.
16.5 lb (includes power supply, ink, paper)

Package Contents

  • KODAK HERO 7.1 All-in-One Printer
  • KODAK Black Ink Cartridge, 10B
  • KODAK Color Ink Cartridge, 10C
  • KODAK 3D Glasses
  • Power supply and adapter cord
  • Setup Guide
  • User Guide
  • KODAK All-in-One Printer Software CD
  • NOTE: USB 2.0 cable sold separately and required for non-Wi-Fi PC/MAC printing


Product one year from purchase (with proof of purchase)

System Requirements


  • MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7, VISTA Home Basic, or XP-Home (SP2 or above)
  • INTERNET EXPLORER 7 or higher
  • INTEL CELERON 1.2 GHz or compatible processor
  • 512 MB memory
  • 500 MB available hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB port


  • MACINTOSH OS 10.5 or higher
  • POWERPC G4, G5, or INTEL-based MAC
  • 1.2 GHz clock speed
  • 512 MB memory
  • 200 MB available hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB port
KODAK HERO 7.1 All-in-One Printer - Lid up to show scanner in use!

My Take:

I took the time to really put this printer through it's paces and it has not let me down in any way. I love that I am no longer tied down to a computer to print, I can print from literally anywhere, including Google Cloud, which is pretty awesome for me, because a lot of my contracts and NDA Agreements come to me via Google Docs or DropBox, I can scan my emails while on the bus or train and set anything that needs to be signed to print, and they are all waiting for me when I get back, which is super convenient. I don't even need my computer on to print from a device or memory card, how SWEET is that?

Another reason I love this printer is the crisp Kodak Print Pictures. And here is a tip for you: If you find yourself at an event or traveling and your device runs out of memory but you need to keep snapping away, don't worry, send the existing pictures to your printer! You can scan them later to make yourself a digital copy, but still keep your memory card clear to take more pictures and not miss a special moment because you are out of memory. This printer has certainly saved me at a few events, I was able to send photos to my printer and then keep shooting!

And because I'm in a tiny NYC apartment that is cramped for space, I love being able to eliminate another cord/wire!

I also love that it keeps track of supplies for me, it let me know that I am currently running low on paper, and that was my last ream, so it's off to the office supply store for me!

It comes with a great trial version of ArcSoft Scrapbook, here is a page I created for the #windowstyle contest during #BlogHer

I have also used it to restore old photos, and I've been impressed with how much better the pictures look when I scan them in with my new Kodak HERO 7.1! To show you a specific example, check out this post from July 13th - Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride! Is it because I avoid the bouquet toss? <-The photos used in this post were scanned in with this printer, and they were in pretty bad shape in terms of being  bent when I removed them from the photo album with a small bit of yellowing on one of the photos also. The scan brought back details I honestly can't see in the original picture! And this has been the case with older photos I have scanned in to both restore and preserve them in a digital format.

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FTC Disclosure: While Kodak did provide me with a Kodak HERO 7.1 All-in-One-Printer, no monetary compensation has been received in exchange for this review and all opinions are 100% my own!

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