Kodak Verité 65 Plus

It’s good to see Kodak back in the printer market, now that Funai has resurrected the brand. This modest machine isn’t likely to make an enormous impact, but it does represent excellent value for money for a business on a budget.

The initial outlay is small – the printer costs just £99 (around $130, AU$170) – which usually means the ink is expensive, but that’s not the case here, because the XL-sized Verité cartridges sell for a relatively reasonable £27 (around $35, AU$45) and last for up to 1,500 pages in Eco mode. 

With cutting-edge NFC connectivity for easily connecting an Android phone alongside a remarkably compact foldaway design, Kodak has created a potentially invaluable printing tool for an office that’s tight on space and budget.

Design and build

The Verité 65 Plus is both compact and light, folding away into a neat unit that could slide onto a shelf. You could even stack papers on top of its completely flat surface. It’s made of fairly lightweight plastic, but nothing so flimsy that it will snap. An extending rear paper tray will take up to 100 sheets, 25 cards or 10 envelopes. Your printed paper is ejected onto another extending tray at the front.

Lift the lid and you’ll find the A4-sized scanner bed, with the controls running down the right-hand side. The ink cartridges are underneath this hinged control panel.

Features

Aside from its two main functions – printing and scanning – the Verité 65 Plus has some useful features not always found at this low price point. NFC connectivity, for instance, makes it especially easy to connect an NFC-capable smartphone by simply tapping it on the printer. Sadly, Apple devices only use NFC for making payments, so you’ll need to connect your iPhone via Wi-Fi (or Wi-Fi Direct) instead. 

The Eco button is perhaps the most significant feature, because it can save up to 30% of your ink, while still producing pages that look fine for most situations. On full Eco mode, things look a little paler, but for many jobs, that might not be an issue. 

The Verité 65 Plus takes one black Kodak cartridge and one mixed colour cartridge, which keeps printing costs down, but does compromise its colour printing ability somewhat.  

Connections include a square USB port, as usual, but no memory card slots and surprisingly no Ethernet port either. Kodak clearly decided there was no need for these when you have Wi-Fi instead, and in terms of keeping costs down, that’s a fair enough decision.

Setup and operation

You can get this printer up-and-running very swiftly thanks to its helpful setup wizard. Once it has logged onto the Wi-Fi successfully, the wizard calls for paper on which it prints a colourful test sheet. You must place this on the scanner tray so it can check its own print quality and inkjet alignment, which is all very reassuring. 

The companion app is also especially easy to configure and connect, plus it’s so intuitive that it makes printing and scanning photos a pleasure rather than a pain.

Performance

Black and white printed text appears consistently crisp and sharp, with no sign of smudging or smearing. Switch into Eco mode and you get a very similar level of sharpness, only with 20 to 30% less ink used. This makes the output a little lighter, but no less easy to read. 

Colour printing yielded more mixed results. Image-heavy documents on plain paper looked fine, with bright colours bringing charts and pictures to life without any bleeding, or mixing of ink. Again, using the Eco feature doesn’t seem to compromise the image quality too much.

Printing pictures on glossy photo paper is a little disappointing as the printer tends to use too much red and doesn’t quite capture the contrast in darker areas. It has the effect of making people look sunburned and backgrounds appear drab. We suspect the reason for poor shading is due to the mixed ink cartridge. Most printers use at least three separate colour ink cartridges to avoid such potential issues. 

We liked

A multifunction printer that folds up as neatly as this will be welcome in almost any office. It’s small enough to fit in a filing cabinet drawer, and its flat top is fine for piling papers on top. 

It’s also inexpensive to buy and affordable to run with the excellent Eco mode using up to 30% less ink to deliver pages that look good enough for the majority of printing tasks. 

We found the Verité 65 Plus one of the easiest printers to set up and operate too. The helpful onscreen display walks you through the process and buttons on the side make it easy to adjust the print quality. The companion app, called Kodak Verité, actually makes it rather fun to print and scan. 

We experienced no paper jams during our testing and the printer correctly identified the types of paper we put into its tray.

We disliked

Being a budget model, there’s no media card slot for printing photos straight from your camera’s memory card, and the lack of an Ethernet port could be an issue for some office setups. There’s no facility for printing business cards either and the paper tray is limited to holding just 100 sheets of plain paper. 

This isn’t the fastest desktop printer either and it’ll take at least five minutes to print five pages of a colour document – and colour printing is not the forte of the Verité 65 Plus. The combined colour cartridge is perhaps to blame for the slightly below average quality of colour photos. Too much red ink gives your snaps an oversaturated look.

Final verdict

The compact, foldaway design has instant appeal and if you don’t want to waste time working out how to print a document, this simple and logical MFP is one of the easiest to use. 

Although its colour printing performance left a little to be desired and its churn of pages is rather slow, this cost-effective printer has its advantages. The main one is cost, as both the asking price and refill cartridges are comparatively cheap. Another big plus is the commendable Eco print function, which saves ink without overly compromising your print quality.

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