Expert advice: Printer & Scanner (Part 2) - Samsung ML-2955DW

5/3/2012 11:11:21 AM

Samsung ML-2955DW

Description: Samsung ML-2955DW

Price: $205

Grey exterior, the Samsung ML-2955DW can not look more realistic, but its features are significant. Maximum speed ​​of 28 pages/minute (ppm), quite fast, and it has USB interface, a wired Ethernet and 802.11n wireless. In summary, this is a reasonable specification for this price.

Fat and short body of the printer has a room for an output 150-sheet tray. It is completely covered by a dust barrier that you have to turn it up to form part of the tray when you print. It is compact design, but we wish Samsung had similar attention granted to the tray. When load A4 paper in, the tray sticks out at the back of the printer. There is no cap included, so dust can accumulate on sheets of paper if the printer is used occasionally. Slot for versatile paper providing is covered by a lid with latch, but the lid release requires many pressure that the printer is moved behind the working desk.

Panel of ML-2955DW includes four buttons, including the Eco button we saw on the recent Samsung printers. When enabled, this makes the client computer to set up saving in paper and toner, although it can be ignored by the user if they want. There is a “soft” power button no disconnect the printer physically from the main power source, so that the printer uses 0.1W when off.

A setup process installs driver easily of Samsung, which is one of the best process we've ever seen. It helps you easily select the correct paper or envelope settings, but when printing envelopes, it seems inconsistent with the optional direction of the Adobe Reader, so the text is rotated 90 degrees in our first envelope printing test. We have solved the problem after several attempts, then we have the perfect, plain envelope print.

On the other hand, print quality is very good. Black text is clear without aliasing, the graphics and color photos present the smooth transfer with no apparent wobble pattern. Light is better than the average for a monochrome laser printer, although they are slightly lighter than the ideal level and show some horizontal banding phenomenon.

Printer speed sticks as Samsung’s announcement in our tests, which including the time required to prepare and roll work. When connected via Ethernet, the printer provides 25 copies of a full text letter in more than 1 minute, 24 rich graphics pages is longer than 2 seconds. As we waited, automatic 2-sided printing of the paper is slower, with 10 sides of graphics on five sheets of paper take exactly 1 minute to print.

Operating expenses are not the cheapest we've seen when using the Samsung 2500 pages toner cartridge, but they are quite reasonable for a monochrome laser printer in this price. However, for heavy users, we recommend the Samsung ML-3710ND.


Comment. A monochrome laser printer is quite competitive with high print quality, but heavy users should look for a model with lower operating costs.

Monochrome laser printer for home/small office 1200dpi, 28ppm Mono, USB interface, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, 197x348x338mm, one-year RTB warranty.

Energy consumption: 2W stand by, 4W idle, 967W active.


Choosing Laser Printing

Follow these steps to find your ideal specification

Resolution: 600x600dpi

Memory: 8MB

Speed: 16ppm

Interface: USB

Page/month: 5000

Paper Tray: 150 sheets A4

These are just the minimum specification that are proposed

1. The price of the A4 laser printer with the above specifications starts at $85. The model is good for users who print under 500 pages/month. Look for good print quality, flexible drivers and operating cost is lower than 2p/page. Ideally, it should keep paper neatly in the tray horizontally and allow proving papers recorded in the head and handmade envelopes easily.

2. You have to spend more for a printer with the design quality and speed to cope with heavy workload. The users who use it frequently or small workgroups need 25 pages/minute (ppm), the whole department needs more. Printing requires cost of 1p/page or less.

3. The color laser printers are available with four grooves rolled for about $202. They are cheaper but much slower when printing in color compared with 1 slot model. Fortunately, some of the cheapest printers just have a slot.

4. The support for printer language ​​such as Printer Control Language (PCL) 6 or PostScript 3 means that you can use printer with any computer, even some PDAs.

5. Not all laser printers print graphics well, but a resolution of 1200dpi will help. Color laser printers can print high-quality graphics but it should have at least 32MB of memory.

6. Network adapter allows you to connect the printer to an Ethernet network, so all network users can print it directly. Smaller groups can use a PC to host and share any printer by using File and Print Sharing Wizard utility of the Windows.

7. 2-sided printing option is cheaper and allows you to print two sides of paper automatically. A scanner/fax unit  makes printer turn into versatile accessory. The large groups should have multiple paper trays to handle the kinds of paper are printed at the top and other office papers.

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