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I use the Samsung ML-3051N printer at work in my office. We have recently run out of toner and needed a new cartridge, I felt inspired to write a review about this rather large but effcetive printer. The cartridges are expensive however we did manage to get several months use out of it and we use it every day for 80-200 sheets.
A4 Mono Laser Printer
28ppm Print Speed
1200 x 1200 dpi Resolution
50 Sheet Multipurpose Tray
250 Sheet Input Tray
PostScript 3 Emulation
Networked, Parallel, USB
The printer was expensive at first to buy however it came with the toner cartridge and gave up over 7 months use from it. At around £180 and £220 the printer is superb for office use or for people who intend to print many pages.
It is a monochrome printer (black and white only) which is ideal for basic word documents e.g. leaflets, forms, information booklets etc. The toner cartridges are between £70 and £90 which may sound like a lot but for the amount of use gained from each it is very reasonable indeed. It can connect to computers via the 2.0 USB port or the firewire connection. It is easy to install and maintain on the computer desktop.
The printers has some excellent features such as Duplex printing, this has helped me create double sided documents without having to print one side turn the page around and re-insert into the feeder tray. This has helped us in the office by cutting down on the amount of paper used and has kept box files and folders as thin as possible.
I am also able to print a booklet e.g. if I have 4 pages of a word document I can arrange these into 4-page booklet but instead of using 4 sheets of paper I only need one. This has helped me reduce the amount of paper I use overall in the office, and it produces a more 'professional' document.
The printer also has a feature called N-up Printing which enables me to cerate many copies of the same page or picture onto a page meaning that I don't have to cut and stick later on, again this makes the job a lot easier, processing is fast and looks professional.
It is also possible to print a 'blown up' enlarged picture from a small picture. The printer will automatically 'blow up' the picture and print on several pages. This has helped if we have had a promotion to advertise of when I have created banners for the office.
I tend to find with some printers that the time between clicking the 'print' button and receiving the printout can take up to 2 minutes especially with an inkjet printer, however this printer is able to print seconds after the 'print' button is clicked and starting to print. In about 5 minutes I have a 30 page document collated and ready to be presented to my boss.
It is also possible to print onto overhead transparencies I have created a few window slogans to motivate everyone. I have also used the printer to print business postcards.
The printer is very good at what it does and the options on the printer's digital screen are useful. I do however find the printer is far too heavy as it weighs about 16kg which seemed to heavy for most surfaces around the office so we had to purchase a strong metal cabinet to sit the printer on the printer measures about 40cm wide, 28cm high and is about 44cm deep so is hard to fit on most desks.
It also generates a lot of heat so on a hot day it can get quite hot, however on a cold day when we cannot open the windows we do feel a little ill with headaches and tiredness, we believe this is caused by the heat and 'fumes' generated by the printer. It can also sometimes smell a little strong after many pages have been printed.
Overall the printer is superb for our office, if you find yourself going through a lot of black ink this printer could be perfect for you, the initial cost and running costs may be high but over time you will get much better value for your money.
The Samsung ML-3050 series give you complete freedom with 100, 000 page monthly duty cycle and a large toner capacity.
The ML-3050's extremely powerful CPU of 400 MHz and memory expandable to 272 MB make for an unbeatable combination for optimal performance and a more efficient and productive work environment.
The ML-3050 series carries a maximum monthly duty cycle of up to 100, 000 pages (approx. 5, 000 pages per average work day) - at least five times greater than other competitive brands.
Conserve toner and paper with instant-touch Toner Save which boosts toner productivity by 40% (from 4, 000 to 5, 600 pages).
An already robust standard yield of 4, 000 pages doubles to 8, 000 pages with the use of a high yield toner, meaning less frequent changes, fewer consumables, and overall time and effort saved.
For prompt and easy installation, the ML-3050 series is just four clicks away from printer-ready status with no need to shut down or reboot your PC.
The ML-3050 series is among the world's most adaptable, supporting Windows (including Windows XP 64-bit), Mac and Linux operating systems, making them among the most accessible printers on the market.
|Product Description:||Samsung ML-3051N - printer - monochrome - laser|
|Printer Type:||Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Legal, A4|
|Max Media Size (Custom):||216 mm x 356 mm|
|Print Speed:||Up to 28 ppm - A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Up to 30 ppm - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)
|Max Resolution ( B&W ):||1200 dpi|
|Interface:||Parallel, USB, LAN|
|Processor:||Samsung 400 MHz|
|RAM Installed ( Max ):||64 MB ( 320 MB )|
|Language Simulation:||PostScript 3, PCL 6, SPL (Samsung Printer Language), IBM ProPrinter|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards|
|Total Media Capacity:||300 sheets|
|Monthly Duty Cycle (max):||100000 pages|
|Networking:||Print server - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet - integrated|
|System Requirements:||SuSE Linux 8.2, Red Hat Linux 9, Linux, Linux Mandrake, Red Hat Linux 8.0, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Apple MacOS X 10.3, Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, Red Hat Fedora Core 1, Red Hat Fedora Core 2, SuSE Linux 9.2, Red Hat Fedora Core 3|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||40 cm x 43.3 cm x 28.5 cm|