Review on Samsung® Laser Printer
Samsung laser printer is one of the cheapest laser printers that you could get your hands on, and yet it offers some compelling features, a low cost-per page, and a fairly good print quality that would not shame your home or small office. Samsung has built up a good reputation for its low-cost mono laser printers and expands on the main strengths of its predecessors. Samsung's clever bit is that you have to go looking for the swelling as it is sufficiently narrow and shallow, not to be seen from most viewing angles.
This is a fairly low-volume printer; so it is not really designed for use in a larger office. The life of the printer is rated at around 50,000 pages; so considering a 5 year life, the printer delivers a monthly volume of around 2000 pages – not too shabby for home or small office. The 4500 uses a micro-toner cartridge that should last up to 2500 pages in normal print mode though the printer also has Toner Save Mode that reduces toner usage up to 30% while maintaining most of the quality of prints.
Samsung has built up a good reputation for its low-cost mono laser printers and expands on the main strengths of its predecessors. The running costs, size, and speed should make it a good choice as an individual desktop laser but how does it measure up to the spec sheet and feature list. Samsung has cleverly made the look a lot smaller than it is and the small squat black box does this by having a large black lump sticking out at the back. The clever bit is that you have to go looking for the swelling as it is sufficiently narrow and shallow, not to be seen from most viewing angles. It houses the power supply and interface circuitry and covers the back of the paper tray which could take a healthy 250 sheets. There is a single-sheet multi-purpose slot positioned just above the tray as well.
- FIVE – Top surface of machine
The top surface of the machine, while essentially high-gloss black plastic, has a texture of dots set into it giving it an air of sophistication. A black textured indent takes the pages as they feed from the top and although there is a flip-up paper stops, you need not need use this at all while feeding A4 paper. At the back are sockets for USB and main power; the only data connection on this machine.
- FOUR – Print button
The control panel is simple but sufficient with buttons for stop print and power and two indicators for error conditions. The final control is Samsung's unique screen print button, which automatically takes whatever is on the screen or selected portions of it and prints them out. This is a very useful feature and other manufacturers may well imitate it before it is too long.
- THREE – Cartridge slots
A single-piece drum and toner cartridge slots in from the front, once you have folded down the slightly flimsy front panel. Drivers for OS are provided on the software CD and this includes the utility for screen print as well. Various Linux distributions are also supported through downloadable drivers.
- TWO – Quality and Speed
When one did a speed test using a mixed text and graphics document, the printer managed to pull through with nearly 7 pages per minute, which is pretty close to the 8ppm rating that Samsung assigned. On a purely textual document, we clocked 7.5 pages per minute, which is even more impressive. Even on graphics and heavy pages, the printer managed a very nice 5.5 pages per minute.
- ONE – Graphics quality
Graphics quality is passable, but it does not really do justice to the 600x600dpi rating. We printed out some photos with the heavy use of halftones and the results were not as impressive as tests run using comparably rated print engines on more expensive printers. Dark blocks such as extra heavy fonts and bar graphs were uniform, but lacked the ultra dark tone that makes these elements really standout when printed on the very best printers.
Graphics quality is passable, but it does not really do justice to the 600x600dpi rating. It is a very useful feature and other manufacturers may well imitate it before it is too long.