Review Price £75.00
Samsung ML-1915 - Mono Laser - Samsung ML-1915
Samsung claims a speed of 18ppm for the ML-1915 and while we've come to expect these quoted speeds to be generous, we did get somewhere near this one under test. Our five-page black text print took just 29 seconds to complete, equivalent to a speed of 10.34ppm, but the five-page black text and greyscale graphics document printed even quicker in just 25 seconds, or 12.00ppm. When we increased the page count to 20, this longer document printed in 1:27, a speed of 13.79ppm.
All these speeds are very commendable for a machine intended as a single-person, entry-level printer. You won't be left hanging around printing documents of typical office length on the ML-1915.
Most people buy a laser rather than an inkjet for its superior print quality. Because it's a dry print technology, there is no chance of the ink running into the fibres of the paper, giving a fuzzy, slightly indistinct look. This machine lives up to this reputation, producing very clean black text with no sign of toner spatter, which can spoil otherwise good laser print.
Text is sharp and very well-defined, even at small point sizes and the enhanced, 600 x 1200dpi resolution is unusual in a machine at this price. Greyscale graphics are also well reproduced, with very little visible banding and a good range of different tones to distinguish between colours in a colour original.
The Web pages we reproduced to test out the AnyWeb application showed good greyscales, with enough detail to be more than useful for day-to-day documentation. Even our photo print was usable, though greys were reproduced rather darker than normal, so much shadow detail moved to black. You would need to compensate for this in the driver to get lighter shades.
There's only one consumable to consider in this printer, though it's available in two capacities: 1,500 and 2,500 ISO pages. Neither cartridge is particularly expensive, but using the high-capacity version for better economy gives a cost per page of 2.86p, including 0.7p for paper.
This cost is reasonable for a sub-£80 laser printer, with most of its competitors coming out at around the 3p mark, under the same calculation.
This is a very tidy little mono laser printer, with a neat, compact design, easy maintenance, good speed and print quality and a handy little software extra in the form of the AnyWeb utility. There's no substantial criticism that can be levelled against it and as such it deserves a recommendation.