When we get a printer in for review, we usually read through its specifications from the manufacturer’s website and check typical street prices through a price comparator, like Kelkoo or PriceRunner. We were impressed to see the ML-2250, a printer with an RRP of £159 inc VAT, coming through at under £80 from a couple of discount sites.
We were further impressed when we read on the Samsung site that the printer has duplex ‘built-in’, a ‘500-sheet’ main paper tray and ‘PostScript 3 emulation’ in its controller. It was only later we discovered that these specs referred to a different printer…
The ML-2250 is a very attractive looking printer, dressed out in shiny white plastic on front and top, with the sides and back a very pale grey. There’s a slightly odd bulge running the full width of the back, enclosing the power supply and input circuitry, so the printer has a larger footprint than appears at first sight.
An A4 paper tray sitting under the printer can actually take 250 sheets of 80gsm paper, and printed sheets roll out, face down, to the top surface. A multi-purpose tray unfolds from the front panel to take envelopes, card or a further 50 sheets of paper.
To the right of the output tray are two indicators, one to show when the toner save function is engaged and the other, a dual red-green led, to indicate on-line and error conditions. A single button is used to engage toner save and this is a useful addition for internal documents, rather than having to root around in the printer driver. At the back are parallel and USB 2.0 sockets and an extension socket for the optional second feed tray, which can again take 250 sheets. Other options include network adapters, for Ethernet or Ethernet and wireless connection.
The combined toner and drum unit slides in very easily, once you’ve raised the cover at the top of the front panel. This is the only consumable, making the ML-2250 a low-maintenance device.
The Windows GDI driver installs by default from the software CD, but there are also drivers for PCL. If you need to print PostScript files, PostScript 3 is available as an optional extra on a plug-in DIMM.