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My wife recently started her own business and does a lot of text printing. Having been given the task of getting a laser, cheap-to-run printer with a price tag of about £100 I almost laughed until I heard about the Samsung ML1250 from Dabs at just under £100 excluding VAT. After a bit of researching, I came to the conclusion that this was a top printer with great quality prints and, for a limited time, a second toner cartridge thrown in free of charge. I will go through the specifications, features and my own opinion. Depth : 35.2 Cm Height : 22.9 Cm Width : 32.9 Cm Weight : 6.2 Kg (With Starter Cartridge) Speed : 12 Page / Minute Paper Size : Legal / Letter Resolution : 1200 x 600 dpi Memory : 4Mb expandable to 68Mb Emulation : PCL6 Fonts : 45 Scalable font, 1 Batmap Interface : IEEE1284 / USB Paper Input : 150 Sheet Tray Print Cartridge : Single Cartridge Cartridge Life : 2500 Sheets / 1000 Starter Accessories : USB Cable Support Duty Cycle : 12000 Sheets / Month Machine Life : 120'000 Sheets Media Type : Envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards Warranty : 1 year warranty This printer is comparable to the Samsung ML1210 which can be bought from Dabs for the same price (as at 05/05/2002) or ebuyer for a tenner less. The main difference in terms of print output is the resolution of the 1210 is 600 x 600 dpi. You will not notice the difference if you are just printing black text, but when you print grey shades it is quite noticeable, hence my reason to go for the 1250 as the headed info on my wife’s letters are in grey. There are both parallel and USB output ports for this printer. However, no cable comes with the printer so you would need to buy one yourself. Also, the cartridges that come with the printer are starter cartridges that print about 1000 pages. The normal cartridges print about 2500 pages and cost about £44, which w
orks out at 1.76p per page. Quite good - in my opinion. Also, currently, ebuyer are selling the toner for about £25 including VAT !!!! Not sure for how long, though. There are a couple of useful buttons worth mentioning. There is a cancel/repeat button which does 2 things. In the middle of printing, it will cancel the print. If you have finished printing, pressing it will reprint the last page. A Very useful feature - for examply, if you printed something, checked it and are happy and then want to print a copy for yourself without having to use the pc. There is also a toner save button - for quick draft quality printing. Lastly the demo button is useful to to a test print even if the pc is not connected to the printer. The paper tray is kind of upright which I don’t really like as it may be prone to collecting dust if not used frequently and then getting paper jams as a result. There are 2 output trays which is quite useful as you can choose to print out towards the front of the printer or, if space is a premium, back upright again. The printer is quite small but feels solid and should last quite a while. There is a warranty card in te box with gives you one year on-site warranty!!! You can also enquire about an extended warranty which will probably cost you. The quality of the print out is superb and typical of a good laser printer. The only downside to this is that I used really cheap/budget paper and the paper gets ever so slightly curled due to the heat of the laser printing. For this price, I would say buy one now especially with the free second toner offer. With a free year on-site warranty, you just cannot go wrong. Oh, and did I say the quality of the prints were fantastic.