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      29.02.2012 11:02
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      This has probably had its day now, but I have grown rather fond of it so I will keep it going.

      This is quite an old printer now, but is still a good one. It might be harder to get hold of as it only appears to be available in the second hand market, and is available on sites like ebay for around £40.

      I have a fair amount of experience with the Samsung laser printers. When I was working as a teacher, we had these in all our classrooms and in the office, and they saved quite a lot of our department budget as rather than photocopying our worksheets, we tried to digitalise as much as we could, and then they could be printed out instead. We did have to budget for the toner cartridges that these machines use, but a toner replacement these days for this model is about £21. In the time that we have owned this printer, we have replaced the toner once, and it has been used rather a lot.

      My husband had a friend who was selling this printer, and as we were at that time spending a lot on me printing out my lesson plans and resources, we snapped his hand off for it. I can't even remember what we paid him for it. Somewhere around £75 back in 2003.

      The printer is really quite large, and unlike the models I used at work, it does not have an internal paper storage tray. I can leave paper stood up in portrait mode at the back of the machine, but I found that sometimes the paper would get a little curled around the top. This was then likely to create a jam. I just add paper when I want to use the printer. It can hold up to 150 sheets.

      Paper can also be fed into the machine from the top manually. I have done this occasionally, but I prefer the just put it in the top and leave it method as this way only takes one sheet at a time.

      As a teacher, this printer was very versatile for me. I could print out a class set of worksheets at a speed of 12 sheets per minute very easily. I could also print onto transparent sheets to display things on an overhead projector. This was of limited use though as I wanted to do colour images really and these were just black and white.

      Of course, now when most teachers use interactive smart boards, as I did, you no longer need to have this facility.

      The toner lasts a long time. I was printing out many sets of class worksheets as well as lesson plans and items such as cbeebies colouring sheets for my own children, and we have replaced the toner once in all those years of ownership. I know from my experience at work that when you think it is running low, if you open the front of the machine you can take the toner out and shake it gently from side to side to redistribute the toner, and you get a lot more use out of it.

      The machine over the years has become a bit less reliable. Nowadays it jams very easily. It will only accept one piece of paper at a time being manually fed into it. Realistically, if I were still working, I could not manage with this printer any more as it can take a ridiculous amount of time for the first piece of paper to be sensed and fed into the printer. Once warm, it is a lot more reliable.

      My husband is now keen to replace it anyway, but I like how cheap it is to run this printer compared to an ink printer. It is quite bulky, but it is stored away in the computer desk out of the way and out of sight so that doesn't bother me at all.

      Samsung make good printers, and I recommend this version for home use as it is available cheaply, and I would also consider replacing this with a newer Samsung model as I know how good and reliable they are.

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        16.06.2007 16:20
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        Initially an excellent printer but as it aged it began to jam - very frustrating

        A good bit of work done. Right...go to print...OK...now sit back for a few seconds and this laser printer will ping out my 3 page document. What? Jammed? Ok, let me just adjust the paper, make sure everything is going in Ok...yep, looks fine...lets try that again then. What? How has it jammed again? Stupid....argh!

        Sadly this has been my experience with the Samsung ML 1210. I've seen stirling reviews for it from technically gifted owners and layman alike. I like to think that I have an average knowledge of printers - I can do the basics - and I have had a poor experience with this one. As the reviews on this site are purely subjective, I ask those who disagree with me to understand that this review is based on my own experience.

        I have had the printer for about a year and a half now. Initially it was superb, printing out documents in no time at all. The problem wasn't the paper jamming, but loading the paper fast enough! Sure enough it performed as other reviews have noted that it performs.

        Costing £69.99 with free bundle of economy office paper and a toner cartridge it seemed like a great buy. There is the initial 10-15 seconds where the printer has a 'think'. and then the paper shoots out in great quality. I've never had any problems with the cartridges (sorry, I cant remember how much they were to replace - see other reviews?). However, a few months ago the printer began jamming every time anything is printed out. Having gone from printing the whole of my 12,000 word dissertation in one sitting the printer is now unable to print out 2 pages in sucession. The other day I printed out a 3 page document without it jamming and I was over-the-moon - this should't be the case with a laser printer that was, frankly, quite expensive. I've tried everything to get it working again short of taking it to a professional, but PC World's warranty has finished so I will have to pay for it. This is not a high priority right now as I can simply take the print job upstairs to use our other printer.

        Have I been unneccessarily harsh in judging the whole series by the one faulty model I received? No. This review is simply a summary of my personal experiences, and should be taken as just that. The time I got from the printer when it was functional was excellent, but be warned: mine suffered heavily with age.

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        04.07.2005 15:08
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        A fast, reliable and economical printer

        This is a great printer for the home user. The print quality is outstanding. If you don't need great quality you can put the printer into toner save mode, either by using the button on the top of the printer or through the print menu on your PC. Even in that mode, print quality is good, especially when you've got a new toner cartridge in.

        Toner save really extends the life of your cartridge. When I got the printer, I'd just started a college course and over the past three years I have had to print several versions of my portfolio work, project papers and disseration. The manufacturers reckon 3500 sheets a cartridge but since I've had my ML-1210 I've only had to replace the toner twice.

        As an early Windows XP user, I was slightly annoyed that I had to download new printer drivers, as the ones on the CD did not work, but that's only a small gripe as it was easy enough to do from the Samsung website. Subsequent visits to the site haven't been quite as successful but the drivers are there somewhere.

        The Ml1210 starts quickly. I've never had a paper jam or any other problem with it, and when I switched from a serial to a USB cable (not included) earlier this year, it worked even faster. I have no complaints about the speed of printing.

        A gap at the front (which can be opened by pressing a lever) allows paper to come out of the front rather than the top. This is a feature I have used many times, as my printer sits above my head.

        This printer has now been superseded by newer models, but would still be an excellent secondhand purchase in my opinion.

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          06.11.2004 21:48
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          This printer is a good quality laser printer that is relatively cheap to buy (£80-90) and the toner lasts for quite a long time for the price of it (3500 copies at £45). It is ideal for a home family printer or for a small company.
          There is not really a lot that you can say about it. I have had it for around 1 year and I have not had any problems whatsoever with it.
          This printer is a good quality laser printer that is relatively cheap to buy (£80-90) and the toner lasts for quite a long time for the price of it (3500 copies at £45). It is ideal for a home family printer or for a small company.
          There is not really a lot that you can say about it. I have had it for around 1 year and I have not had any problems whatsoever with it.

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            21.06.2004 05:33
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            Recently I found that I was producing an unusually high volume of urine. I was also producing large volumes of documents that needed to be printed off. I found that not only was the inkjet that I used was not the quickest printer to be invented, it was also not the most economically friendly, it seemed to drink ink faster than a fat bloke eats pies in a pie shop after being on a diet for two weeks/days/minutes. (Incidentally the printer, an HP PSC1210, is faster and not as ink consuming as other inkjets printers- see my review on it for more info). I had thought about buying a laser for general printing, where there was not a need for colour, however the price had always put me off. Recently though, the price of laser printers has come down, the cheapest being under one hundred quid, possibly even about the seventy quid mark. The ML1210 was in a Boxing Day sale, reduced to fifty quid, so that is when I bought it. I have since seen it reduced to this price in a couple of sales, so next time you see it; it might be worth getting it. I bought it from Staples, and was optimistic at first. I always thought that laser printers take ages to warm up, and end to leave smudges of toner on the print out. I got the printer home, and unpacked it. It came with exactly what you would expect; printer, power cable, starter toner, paper holder, instructions and installation CD. It didn't come with a USB cable (NB this printer also can be used with a parallel cable), but hardly any manufacturers include them nowadays, as a cable from an old printer will do. Set up was as easy as going to the toilet (unless you have a tendency to misfire). Plug the cables in, insert the toner (which is well illustrated in the instructions), switch the computer on, insert the CD, follow the on-screen instructions and that?s about it. Set up in six and a half minutes (depending on the speed of your computer at actually installing the software). The toner
            that is included is only classed as a 'starter toner,' because it will only last for around 1000 pages at 5% cover (only 1000). A new toner will last you for about 2500 pages. A toner for this printer will set you back around forty to forty-five quid, however for 2500 pages, it works out at about 1.6p per page. Inkjets on the other hand cost about twenty quid for a black cartridge, lasting about 200 pages, meaning each page costs about 10p, over six times more expensive. (Sorry for being so sad to work this figure out, but it really does show how cheap a laser is). You can fit about 150 pages in the main paper tray, so it sav3es you having to load paper all the time (oh...the effort, repetitive strain injury). There is an added Brucey bonus of a second paper tray, however it is only designed for use with envelopes, or thick paper. That is one sheet/envelope at a time. Yes, it takes time and can get tedious, but it is how you prevent the machine from getting a paper jam. To use the second paper tray, you also need to flick a button on the machine, so that the printed sheet comes out the front, instead of the top, preventing it from bending as much. The second paper tray for envelopes seemed a good idea at first, however after the printer has been on a while, the heater inside that seals the toner onto the paper becomes so hot, it will ruin the glue on the envelope, making it impossible to seal (as well as leaving such a disgusting taste on your tongue). The printer is faster than I expected, the manufacturer states 12 pages per minute, and personally I think that it is slightly faster. The print speed for colour is 0 pages per minute, because this is only a black and white printer (well, actually only a black printer because you can't print white, stupid). A colour laser will set you back a few hundred. Any complaints about it? Yes. Every now and then I will press (well click on) print, and the printer will not print, saying it
            is out of paper, when it isn't. The only way to fix this is to lift the paper out, then put it back in and turn the machine on and off. The customer service help line was not, thank G-d in India, but in fact in England. They were helpful, but because the problem is not permanent (and so they can not actually prove there is a problem), they could not do anything about it. Fair enough though, I can see why they can't help. They do though, if anything goes wrong under the standard one years manufacturer's guarantee, send out a new one by a courier, who will also take away your old printer. A straight swap, so you don't need to be too long without a printer or wait in twice for a courier. The laser has got a toner save button, which means it uses less toner than usual when printing. The instructions say that the print will be lighter, but in normal word documents I cannot tell the difference. This feature should make the toner last for another 15% longer than normal. When the print starts to fade, unlike with inkjets, you can simply remove the toner cartridge and give it a shake to distribute the toner. This usually gets you a few dozen more pages out of the printer, meaning you don't throw away cartridges with toner still in. Unlike inkjets, there is no 'remaining ink level' utility that you can use, however faint print is a good indicator of low toner levels. It does though mean you can keep on printing until the cartridge is totally empty. Scientific tests revealed that in some inkjets, you could throw away a cartridge when it still has as much as 20% ink left. Unlike ink as well, you can keep a toner in a laser printer for years. Ink will dry up and clog print heads; toner doesn?t, as it is a powder as opposed to a fluid. There is also a button that allows you to reprint the last document sent to the printer, it proves extremely handy if you turn off the computer and then realise you need another copy of a docu
            ment. It has a built in memory, so you can also send more than one document to the printer at a time (e.g. if you use it as a network printer) and it will store them in memory until it has finished printing the previous document(s). Overall, this printer is cheap, fast and usually reliable. Compared to an inkjet, it flies, no need for ink charging or print head cleaning. A buy that is definitely recommended.

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              23.02.2004 23:58
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              You?re pulling my leg?. A laser printer for £70? No way... Yep there it is look, £69.99. It must be crap?you only get what you pay for right? What?s the catch then? No cable, HA! told you so! A short filled starter toner that only prints 1000 pages?I KNEW there?d be a catch?told ya! You bought it anyway? What?s it like then? Well actually?let?s start at the beginning First off I suspect many of you reading this own some sort of printer. Inkjet being the favoured type for home use as lasers are so damned expensive and so big! We started off with an HP printer at home about 10 years ago. It was great but enormous and the ink replacements were around £25, a fortune all that time ago, yes Grandad...yawn. THEN colour came on the scene and I had to have one of those, nice little Lexmark which was great, till I came to replace the ink cartridge, £28?colour and £20? black. Hang on, there?s a new Canon with a £50 refund voucher which makes it?. cheaper than the ink for the Lexmark. Into the loft with you my old son! Make way for the new bubblejet! Now this one stayed on the shelf for quite some time and the ink, at £5 for a piddling little cartridge didn?t seem too bad. Didn?t really print too many pages though and anything with an image on was a bit soggy...and it took an age...and was noisy...and I got sick of it anyway... I rarely printed in colour and hadn?t even used the original photo cartridge. Secondly We were in Staples for some unfathomable reason, (something to do with the kids wanting to buy even more coloured pens?again, I think their aim is world domination of the coloured pen market) there are a pile of smallish boxes in the aisle that I can see from the comfortable leather faced executive ch
              air that I?ve almost fallen out of by reclining it too quickly. It says (squint) ?Inkjet printers for £28??surely a mistake, the ink costs more than that doesn?t it? Then another pile of slightly larger boxes of laser printers at (squinting even more, further away you see) £79.99. Never? Thirdly A quick blast round the web price comparison sites later and Comet come up trumps (a first there then.) with the Samsung ML1210 at a measly £69.99, no cable (not a problem, have a boxful) and only 1000 pages from the first toner cartridge, replacements £45 bog standard price, £25 Ebay, £12 toner refill, 0.34p per page. I want one. Fourthly Two hours later it?s sitting next to the computer, plugged in, software installed and working beautifully and the space in the loft has been reduced by the footprint size of a Canon bubblejet. Finally! This little beauty has to be seen to be believed. It has actually been around for a couple of years so the technology is well proven and the price has kept on coming down although it?s hard to conceive of it dropping a lot further (here?s hoping!). What?s in the box and what?s not? You GET a printer, CD with driver software and manuals for you to print, and a short filled toner cartridge. You DON?T GET the cable so buy one if you need one. The ports are parallel and USB so take your pick. I had a few USB cables lying around and chose to use one over the bulky parallel cable I used to use. Much neater. First impression It?s a well-made bit of kit. The case is strong, no flimsy flexible floppy doors here, as you find out when inserting your toner, which, incidentally is a piece of cake. Just slot it in there, close the front and you?re r
              eady to print. After you?ve removed the thirty or so bits of sticky tape that Samsung have plastered everywhere?maybe a tenner cheaper but for all that tape! Not too big, at 329mm wide and 355mm deep it doesn?t hog the desk and it?s beige? beige again?well it matches the rest doesn?t it? Colourful stickers though. Driver software installation Simple. CD in CD drive, click a few buttons and it?s all over. Store safely till it?s time to put this printer in the loft with the others...UNLESS you need the128 page manual. I must confess to not reading manuals until such time as a.) I have exhausted all possible means of solving the problem OR b.) broken something. Either print it out or save it somewhere on the hard drive for future reference. You never know when you?re gong to have to admit defeat! I had to look up printing an envelope?you have to press the demo button to get the manual feed to work, illogical captain but work it does! Features Demo button Press for 2 seconds to get a demo page, even if you?re not connected to a PC, which verifies the printer is working OK. (Also press to get manual feed to operate, doh!) Toner Save Get 3500 pages at 5% coverage over the bog standard 2500 in return for slightly less density of image, I can?t tell the difference so I get 3500 pages, whoo hoo! Cancel/Reprint button One press cancels the job in case you?ve sent the wrong thing by mistake; quicker and easier than trying to get Windows to stop the job. After you?ve got the one you want you can hit the button again to get another copy, in case you want to keep one yourself, even if the PC is turned off. Formats Prints any type of paper, card or envelopes up to A4. U
              SE LASER LABELS and envelopes though, it fuses the toner at 200 degrees C and will melt normal adhesive all over the giblets of your new toy. Normal paper returns to an upright storage bin on the front but there is a neat little ?mouth? along the front edge, which you open to let envelopes/card out of. Too stiff to go round the corner see. Warranty. 1 year. BUT 1 year on site warranty! Can you believe that one then? I can?t get to grips with it yet. On site warranty, laser, £69.99. What is going on? I?m gonna wake up any minute aren?t I? Specification and Size Speediness? 12 ppm Quality? Resolution 600x600 dpi How Big? W 329mm x D 355mm x H 231mm How Fat? 6.5kg How Brainy? RAM 8mb Racket? 35dB standby, 47dB printing. (Pretty quiet, dB means bugger all to me as well?) Life Expectancy? Toner life 2500 pages standard, 3500 pages toner save Paper Store 150 pages Well then, can I recommend this machine? It?s obviously the absolute budget end of laser printing but that doesn?t mean the quality isn?t there. Features like the toner save button aren?t just gimmicks either, I can?t tell the difference between high and low resolution so the TS button remains pressed. Even tiny 6pt fonts are clear and sharp, no fuzziness at all. So YES. It?s a belter. The output from my office HP lasers are no better and the old 4 series are worse! Inkjet costs Given the ludicrous situation we all face when replacing ink cartridges which cost more than new printers this has to be the way to go. My printer graveyard is too full already to contemplate buying any more inkjet machine
              ry. I can?t throw them away because they work, it wouldn?t be right. I can?t give them away, new ones cost less than the ink, and so they gather dust?madness! AT LAST I am free from this cycle of expensive waste, well at least until the price of the colour lasers drop below £200?not as daft as it sounds! TFR Chris

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              The Samsung ML-1210 brings a new level of performance to the home or small office. Its 12 ppm engine and 66MHz CPU deliver a faster printing speed than ordinary laser printers in its class. With its 600 dpi resolution, the ML-1210 produces a sharp output. Its one-piece integrated toner and OPC Imager are environmentally friendly and easy to install. The Samsung printer is perfect for your home or office needs with its fast printing speed and excellent quality.