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I've had this printer for years. In fact I can no longer remember how I got it, but I did, somehow.
It's a value printer, that much is clear, it looks cheap but it is small and kind of compact for a laser printer.
It only prints black and white, because it's laser, but I now have a photo printer for times when black and white isn't enough.
Most of the time it performs OK. It gets paper jams if there isn't enough paper in the drawer, and it can have a bit of a hissy fit when you over fill it. Sometimes though the paper just wont stop jamming, you can play around with it, and take paper out, put more in, even hit the printer, but sometimes for about 2 days at a time, it just decides to stop working. Then out of the blue, it'll work again.
But the most annoying thing is the drawer. The drawer sits directly on the ground, so to pull out the drawer requires lifting the printer up a bit and sort of wiggling it out. It doesn't come out easily, and it certainly doesn't go back in easily either. It's hard to get it to go back in straight and many arguments have been waged between me and the printer as I try to make the damn thing work.
It's easier to work apart from that...unless you lose the CD, because for some reason the website just doesn't make it easier for find the driver, and I've spent hours trying to get the right one.
But as a budget printer goes, it isn't all bad. It does 14 pages a minute, it's still running after years and years and it really has been put through its paces as I've printed out entire manuscripts on this thing.
The ink is very expensive to buy so I like to run it dry before investing in any more, unless I'm doing manuscripts which have to be pristine.
One day I will buy a new printer, but meanwhile my little Samsung keeps on whirring, and even with all the gripes, who can complain about that?
When I was 11 years old and my brother was 13, we both sold our bikes, which we seldom used, in order to get money to buy ourselves a printer for our Acorn Electron. I was a Citizen Swift 9pin dot matrix printer, one of the best colour printers about at the time.
For many years it got used as our only printer, I seem to remember, it later got used attached to our Commodore Amigas to print out essays etc for school.
When I went to university, my Amiga was left at home and I didn't have a computer for much of the first year, meaning I had either hand write my essays, which was not good as my hand writing is terrible, or type them up in the over crowded university computer rooms and print them out on the university printers.
When my second year came, I got my first PC, and with it a Canon inkjet printer. It was great to be able to type essays at my leisure and print them as and when I wanted to. It was a decent printer and spat out pages of text nice and quickly, with relatively few problems. The only negative thing at the time was the fact that it seemed to use a lot of ink, and the cartridges were expensive to buy.
It wasn't until I had finished university and was hardly using the printer that I stumbled across the common flaw with inkjet printers (or at least the ones of the time), when not used frequently, the the nozzles on the ink cartridges dried up, rendering the cartridge either useless or rather messy when it came to doing some printing.
Having experienced laser printers at work and seeing how quickly they could churn out pages of text, I decided that I could do with a laser printer at home for the pieces of print that I did do.
Having done quite a bit of reading, I decided upon the Samsung ML1510, a small laser printer aimed at the home office and consumer market. Sized at about a foot across by a bit less high and slightly more that a foot long, it could be fitted into most home office spaces or into most desk areas at home, unlike the hugely bulky office type laser printers.
As with most laser printers, the paper is stored in a front loading paper tray (up to 250 sheets), which simply pulls out for filling and pushes back. The printed items come out at the top of the printer face down into a stacker so long documents can be easily printed without any problems of pages getting muddled up or ending up with the first page at the bottom of the pile and the last page on top.
The printing is done, as with all (as far as I know) laser printers, using toner powder, a very fine black powder with is stuck to the page using static then fuser to the paper using heat. The toner is stored in a big black cartridge (huge by comparison to those of most inkjet printers), which you never need to open up so they are nice and clean and no mess is involved when changing cartridges.
The best thing about laser printers is the huge amounts of pages they can print from one cartridge. Unlike most deskjets which seem to print a handful or pages before asking you to order more ink, you can print, literally, hundreads of pages from a single toner cartridge, and they don't suffer from drying up either, so they really are a great choice for users who have a lot of printing to do from time to time.
Having had this printer for a few years now, I can safely say that it has proved to be brilliant! From sitting in standby, it prints the first page you send in about 11 seconds, which whilst it may sound a long time, is actually pretty quick for a laser printer as they need to get to temperature etc. After that it spits out pages at a very impressive rate. Even the longest essay can be printed out in a matter of a minute or two. And whats more, the print quality is excellent, nice and clean and crisp!
Also, I have noticed that it very very seldom suffers from any kind of paper jams. Unlike the laser printers I have experienced in the work place which seemed to enjoy making you open them up and try to remove tiny scraps of a shredded sheet of A4.
Another difference is the amout of noise it makes, in my office at work, we have a laser printer which is forever humming away to itself, the Samsung only really makes any noise when it is called into action, apart from that it is pretty quiet.
In the last couple of years I have been working more and more on my own business and as such have had quite a lot more printing to be doing for invoices etc. This printer has proven to be invaluble for this as it is so quick to whizz off an invoice run and duplicate copies for my records.
The only downside to this printer, I eventually discovered when the toner cartridge which was supplied with the printer finally ran out of toner, to the point that the usual shaking the cartridge trick (anyone who has worked in an office, knows exactly what I mean) stopped helping. I looked up prices for a new cartridge and discovered that it was going to cost me about £45. I could hardly believe it, the whole printer had only cost me £65!!!
After a lot of research, I found out that the new toner cartridge would be a larger one than was originally supplied with the printer and as such would print even more pages, but even so, it was too expensive. A bit more research showed me that I could order bottles of toner powder and simply refill the existing cartridge, though it was recommended that you did this on one of the larger cartridges, not the one that came with the printer.I decided I would give it a try anyway.
I ordered the toner at a cost of.... £12 including delivery.
When it arrived, I followed the instructions, including putting down lots of paper to catch any spilt toner. Within about 10 minutes I had got a nicely full up toner cartridge again and my printer was working perfectly again. ANd what's more I still had enough toner left to refill it again (though so far I haven't had to do this....it really does print and amazing amount from a single cartridge!) There is the posibilty of making a real mess if you were to spill the toner as it is very finer and would get everywhere, ut with a little care this really shouldn't be a problem.
Although this printer has been superceeded by other models now, I would still very much recommend this printer and would say, if you are looking for a new printer (mono only, no colour) then you could do a lot worse than getting one of these, it is well built, small enough to fit almost anywhere, quiet enough to use at home and fast enough to print off anything you want nice and quickly. The only downside is the cost of replacement cartridges but even that isn't a major problem as a diy refill is very simple.
A great printer!
OK, as I am a student, I thought that it would be great to buy a laser printer as they are so much more cost efficient than inkjets. Having used dot matrixes and inkjets before, I have always wanted a laser, but they have always been too expensive. Inkjets have always been the most affordable, but now lasers are getting cheaper by the minute. I was so surprised when this printer was advertised for about £50. As I don't really need to print in colour often, even though it would be nice to, I have decided that a mono laser printer is fine.
The printer itself is quite attractive, but although it is very compact for a laser, it is still quite big overall. The thing that annoys me the most is that it is sort of cube shaped, and that the back of the paper tray extends out at the back, so it doesn't look like it is pushed up against the wall as I would like. The size is not really an issue though.
Setting up the printer is extremely easy; loading the toner is very straightforward. I would say that you should tip it from side to side before installing it as I have heard that this increases the life of the toner. The toner cartridge that you get with the printer itself is just a starter one (1000 pages approx) which is actually quite a lot when you compare to inkjets which are roughly around 400 or so. The actual toner for this printer is 3000 pages, and cost around £50 to £60, which is not bad considering the amount of pages you get. Installing the drivers was also very easy - I am running Windows XP, but I think it goes back to 98. Another thing that might be of interest to some of you is that it not only supports Mac as well, but also Linux (not many printers do). However, when I installed the printer drivers, it worked fine, but when another user of the computer logged on, the printer didn't seem like it was installed. This happened a couple of times, but it has not happened for quite a while now.
The print quality I would say is not excellent. Most other lasers that I have used have produced much better results. However, compared to an inkjet for printing black and white text, there is no comparison. No 'bleeding' of ink no matter what paper you use. Print speed is also good, however, is still not the fastest thing in the world, but for this price range is excellent. Sheets seem to run off one after the other. Unless you seriously need to print reams and reams, this printer is more than adequate. But if you were looking to print a lot, you wouldn't consider this printer anyway because the toner compared to others is still very expensive (but cheap compared to most inkjets). There is also a 'toner save' button on the printer itself, which apparently saves 40% toner. Whether this is true or not I don't know, but you can definitely notice it when it is on. The pages appear lighter, especially images. Unless you want to have it in the best quality, I think that you should keep the toner save on.
The printer uses USB, which is pretty much standard nowadays. The paper feeder holds 250 sheets, which is plenty and good so you dont have to refill it all the time. One thing that I would say though - If you print on envelopes regularly, consider something else as this printer is not good at handling envelopes. Samsung say that you can use them, but DL sized envelopes don't fit sideways as they would in a normal inkjet - you have to feed them in lengthways, and somehow the printer always manages to crease them, especially if you are printing on both sides.
I don't really thing that there is much else to say, after all, it's only a printer! If you need it for school, college or uni work, a small office or at home, then this is fine, but if you print a lot and need to print on envelopes regularly, look elsewhere. All in all, a very good effort by Samsung. They have produced an excellent printer for the price. They also give you one years on-site warranty, so if it does stop working properly in the first year, you don't have to take it anywhere or send it off and pay for postage, they come to you. Now that is service.
I've wanted a laser printer for many years, but they've always been beyond my means. Having used one at work, I'd often thought how great it would be to have one in the home. They always seemed so much more efficient and cost effective than inkjet printers. My colour inkjet printer seems to run out of ink more often than the weather changes, and it becomes very expensive at £30 a time. In any case, for someone like me, the number of tiems I need to print something in colour are negligible.
So, I was suprised and excited when, a few weeks ago, I saw an offer on dabs.com for a laser printer for under £50. That's less than the cost of two inkjet cartridges for me.
The laser printer in question was the Samsung ML-1510. It came with a "starter" toner cartridge giving approximately 1000 pages of print, which is roughly two years worth for me!
So, as you can guess, I bought one.
The first thing that strikes you about the printer is how small and neat it is. It's less then 300 mm (12 inches) square so it should fit nicely on any computer desk or filing cabinet.
Set-up was easy. Just connect it up, put the CD into your computer and away you go. I should say at this point that it ONLY has a USB connection, So if you don't have USB, don't buy this printer.
The paper tray holds 250 sheets, which is handy as it means you don't have to refill it to often.
The printer also has a "print save" option, which produces perfectly good prints but saves on toner cartridge, making it last roughly twice as long.
It came with a year's warranty as standard and there is technical helpline should you run into any difficulties. Unfortunately, the helpline is premium rate, but the printer is so easy to set up that you shouldn't need it.
Overall, this is a great machine. It produces 14 pages per minute (unlike my inkjet, which is more like 14 minutes per page). It takes approximately 30 seconds to warm up and then it will print happily for you all day long.
The full toner cartridges produce 3000 pages and ost roughly £60 at the moment, but as I'm not going to need one for two years I'm not worried about that yet.
Unfortunately, the dabs.com offer has noe finshed, but you can still get these printers for £80 odd which is stlll great value.
So, if you don't do a lot of colour printng and you want a small and efficient black and white printer, the Samsung ML-1510 might just be for you!