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Samsung ML 1640
Member Name: Linnyg
Samsung ML 1640
Advantages: Cost, Speed, Quality
Disadvantages: You might think it's on fire!
When replacing our ancient inkjet printer that finally stopped working a couple of years ago we looked into other inkjet printers. However the high cost of replacing the ink, even using non branded and refilled cartridges and reported reliability problems with lots of models led us to consider a laser printer. We chose the Samsung ML 1640 and have been extreamly pleased with this decision.
Most of the time we need a printer for typical home uses ie. printing off a page or two every so often. However, we are also administrators for a small charity and so have larger print runs a few times a year.
The printer cost around £60 and comes with a toner cartridge. This is not a full sized one so will not last as long as subsequent ones you buy for it. The toner cartridges are expensive at around £30, but do last for many many copies and need replacing much less often than inkjet cartridges. We have only had to replace it once since we have had it. I estimate you could get over 1000 copies from a toner cartridge.
The printer is situated sideways on a side table by the computer, so the on off switch on the back is easily accessible, otherwise it could be a bit hard to reach. Once switched on it is ready for action quickly. The first page prints in a few seconds, much quicker than an inkjet printer. Subsequent copies are then much quicker making quick work of larger print runs.
Print quality is excellent. It was easy to tell when to replace the toner without the long tailing off of quality that inkjet printers can give.
The printer looks quite unremarkable, being basically a black cuboid. You could say it is a bit ugly but then do people really care what their printer looks like? It has a fold down paper tray that it is easy to feed paper into straight, and a fold out paper holder to hold the copies.
A curious thing about the printer is that when it is printing it appears as if fine smoke is coming from it, I don't think this is anything to worry about as I assume that it is the toner rather than an internal fire but I suppose this could be worrying to some people! The only real downside I can think of is that when printing a large number of copies when they come out they are warm and so a bit curled up which means that they don't sit flat in the out tray, so you might want to pick them off to stop them falling off, but this is only a minor consideration.
This printer only prints in black and white as colour laser printers are much more expensive. If you think that economical printing is more important to you than having colour then I would urge you to consider a laser printer. When we bought this model it was one of the cheapest laser printers available, and had good reviews. It has been an extreamly good decision for us and has saved us lots of money on printing costs. Another thing to consider though if you don't print very often is that toner can 'go off' if not used up so it might not be worth considering for light users.
Summary: An excellent option for the heavier home user/ home office.
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