The GDI driver includes multi-page per sheet, watermarks and overlays, but there’s no reference to duplexing, other than printing only-odd or only-even pages. This is an aid to manual duplexing, but is something virtually every laser printer can do. Very oddly, the user guide shows a duplexing option in the Linux driver, but when you load it up, this remains permanently greyed out.
Test times from this printer depend very much on whether the machine is sleeping or not. For example, the high resolution photographic print took a fairly lethargic 46 seconds the first time the waking ML-2250 printed it, but only 16 seconds on each of the subsequent prints, made in quick succession. The five page text print took 26 seconds, giving the printer an actual page rate of 11.5ppm, some way short of the quoted 24ppm, though that quote is for draft print.
Print quality, for a personal laser in this class, is very good. Text comes through clean and sharp at the default 600dpi and is more than adequate for personal or office documents. When we moved to the text and business graphics page, we were just as impressed, as areas of tint were generally smooth, with only slight banding in the darker shades.
Even photographic reproduction, not the primary task of a mono laser, was well handled, though some shading was a little more noticeable than expected, given the printer’s top resolution of 1200dpi.
Samsung quotes a cartridge rated at 10,000 pages on its website and one of its main dealers puts a price of around £130 on it. However, this is more than the price of two 5,000 page cartridges at discount prices so, unusually, we used the smaller cartridge to calculate running costs. The printer comes with this 5,000 page consumable, which Samsung refers to as a starter cartridge.
Using the discount price in calculation gives a cost per page of 1.49p, reasonable for the class of printer. If the 10,000 page cartridge becomes more generally available at discount prices, you could well improve on the cost, too.
So, how does the ML-2250 compare with Samsung’s description? Even with its smaller paper tray, lack of a built-in PostScript interpreter and missing duplex facility, it’s still very good value at around £80. It’s just a shame the company didn’t check its own website a bit better. On the other hand, if it had had PostScript and duplex as standard, it would have been a 10/10.