Print Speed and Quality Tests
The Office HERO 6.1 is advertised as offering print speeds up to 8.5 ipm in black and 5.5 ipm in color. During our first test, the 40-page black and white text document, the Office HERO 6.1 averaged 8 ppm with a first page out in about 15 seconds. When we mixed in color, we saw average print speeds around 3 ppm unless the color was minimal, then it was closer to print speeds of 4 ppm.
So while the black and white speeds were on target and a vast improvement over past generations, the color prints were still a bit slower than advertised.
The Office HERO 6.1 offers both draft prints and automatic duplexing. I saw increased print speeds when printing in draft mode averaging 15 ppm with a first page out in about 12 seconds, but the quality obviously declines. The black is only slightly lighter, but the text isn't as solid and accurate as it is when printing in normal mode.
The Office HERO 6.1's print speeds decrease dramatically when printing double-sided documents. When printing in normal mode double-sided, the average print speed is about 2 ppm, with a first page out in about 44 seconds.
I've already mentioned how the Office HERO 6.1 is unique in that it actually offers quality photo software. Well, consider it even more special because the photo quality is as good as what we saw from the HERO 9.1. The colors were bold, the details sharp, and like I've said before, the HERO AIOs print the best images on the Kodak Ultra paper. Definitely as good as you'll see from most labs when you combine the two.
Below, we have our scanned in balloon image. The print out lost some of its color accuracy when it was scanned and saved, it was much closer the digital image in real life.
The photo print speeds are decent, but not the fastest we've seen. The Office HERO 6.1 prints a 4x6 color photo in about 40 seconds, but we saw print speeds as fast as 38 seconds. The 8.5 x 11 images were a bit more competitive, averaging a print speed of two minutes. When printing specialty photos such as 3D images or video stills, we saw no discernable time difference.
Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges; exhaustion meaning the printer will not print another "quality" document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.
The Kodak Office HERO 6.1 includes two ink cartridges from Kodak: the Kodak 10 black and the Kodak 10c color. Kodak also offers a high capacity black ink cartridge (Kodak 10XL) in addition to the standard capacity, but since they weren't included in the original packaging, we didn't perform the exhaust test on them.
more than 100 focused websites providing quick access to a deep store of
news, advice and analysis about the technologies, products and processes crucial
to the jobs of IT pros.
All Rights Reserved, Copyright 2000 - 2014, TechTarget | Read our Privacy Statement