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A minimal-footprint printer,
This review is from: Samsung ML-2165W Wireless Mono Laser Printer (Accessory)
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This is not the printer to choose if you want the cheapest possible printing. It's not the printer to choose if you need scanning and photocopying (it is just a printer). It's niche is to be a tiny printer with excellent quality monochrome printing that's easy to set up and that doesn't require a jumble of cables.
It really is small. The top is a couple of inches wider than a landscape-oriented piece of A4, and pretty much exactly as deep as that piece of A4. In order to use it, you need to open a paper feed tray at the front; the output tray is optional, but if you unfold it, it also opens forward. If you don't use the output tray, your printouts come out through a slot on the top corner of the printer, which is fine if you're just printing one or two sheets. There are minimal controls: a power button, a WPS button and two LEDs that can indicate a multitude of conditions by glowing or blinking in different colours - you need to refer to the manual to find out what the different combinations mean.
The only cable you need to connect is the power cable, and (for setup only) a USB cable for your PC. If you have WPS on your wirelesss router, you don't even need the USB cable - you press a button on the router, and a button on the printer and they make friends. You will still need to install a printer driver on your PC or MAC from the supplied CD - note that the setup program makes the Samsung the default printer unless you uncheck the tickbox. You don't need to install the other two programs from the CD.
The printer turns itself off when not used for a while, to save electricity.
Print quality is very good, although you can select a toner-saving setting that prints in grey if you want. Printing over wireless I could get about 15 sheets per minute at best, not quite as good as the 20 sheets per minute the manual claims. The supplied toner is a starter size - only good for about 700 pages - after which you need to buy a very expensive replacement (Samsung Toner MLT-D101S), which apparently has enough toner for 1500 pages. Because this also replaces some of the print mechanism, print quality should remain high, but I reckon it will cost around 3.5-4p per sheet, which is no cheaper than an inkjet printer. So if you are thinking about getting this printer, buy it for the tiny size and the high quality output, not to save money. If, like me, you're strapped for space, it's well worth considering.
- You don't actually need a wireless router to use this printer: you can create an ad-hoc (which is to say, direct) wireless link between your computer and the printer.
- There is a Samsung utility that lets you print directly from your wireless-enabled mobile phone (available from the Google Play store or from the iTunes store, depending on your flavour of phone). It works fairly well, but there's a long pause - of more than a minute - during which nothing happens, and you begin to wonder if you pressed print after all. You need to have faith and patience.