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Always interesting to read the customer reviews :~)
on 9 December 2014
It's fairly obvious that a lot of people here are used to inkjet printers, and don't know how to keep a laser printer happy and contented. So here are a few tips......
Firstly, this is obviously not designed for continuous heavy duty office usage, it's a home/small office printer designed to have a small footprint - hence the fairly basic but quite adequate paper tray. Paper shouldn't be left in a laser printer for days on end when it's not in use as a layer of dust on the top sheet will definitely damage the fuser and the transfer belt. That's why the paper tray won't go all the way in when it's got paper in it.
The other thing that can damage the fuser is not setting the machine up for the right kind of paper or card, (simply done in the software print manager, but of course, you'd know that if you read the manual first.... er, you did read the manual first didn't you?)
This sets the heat of the fuser, and is vital. Also make sure you use paper specified as Laser printer/copier paper, NOT cheap 'multi-purpose' stuff, as this tends to have a chalky coating on it, and ANY kind of coating on your paper will transfer itself to the fuser drum and transfer belt, ruining both almost instantly. Photo paper coating gets everywhere, and if you use it even once you might as well throw the machine away and start again.
Finally, spend the little bit extra and get original toner cartridges, All formulations are slightly different, and if you buy compatibles you might be lucky, or you might not. If not, then it's 'replace the belt' time! Samsung toners aren't particularly expensive compared to other laser printers, but can seem expensive compared to inkjet, because you get a lot more printing out of each toner cartridge.
All the above applies to all laser printers, not just this one. There are other pro's and cons - laser prints are generally sharper, but less 'photographic' than inkjet prints, laser prints are waterproof and generally much more fade resistant, and they are less prone to throwing a fit if you don't use them for months on end, as long as you keep them covered. Remember - dust is your enemy :~)
This is the second one of these I'm running now, and the first is still performing brilliantly on a daily basis. Honestly, just about the most trouble-free laser printer I've ever had.