We’ve already looked at the Samsung ML-1915, which the company rates as a personal laser printer, as well as the Dell take on that machine, the 1130, but the Samsung ML-2580N is billed as a Small Business device, so there should be some key differences.
The first is colour. Rather than the jet or gloss black of the other two machines, the ML-2580N is clad in a light grey, but with the textured top and characteristic bulge-at-the-back design of those other printers, making them all look a lot less deep than they actually are. It means the main, 250-sheet paper tray doesn’t sit proud of the printer at the front. Above the tray is a single-sheet feed slot
The control panel is simple, with LEDs for paper jam and other errors and buttons for power and to cancel a current print job. A third button, which on the cheaper, slower machine produces a useful screen print, is here used to print a demo page. Yes, a whole button devoted to printing a woodcut of a flying galleon, as a sample of the print quality. Once you’ve bought the printer, it appears to have no useful function at all.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet connections, though there's no wireless option on the machine.
Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and you can download drivers from the Samsung site for a variety of different Linux distributions. You can also download a copy of AnyWeb Print, a utility that helps a lot when you're researching on the Web.
This piece of software enables you to cut and paste areas from web pages into a scrapbook, before printing them out together. Really handy, and something all printers should come with as standard.
Fold down the front panel and you can get at the single-piece drum and toner cartridge. It comes in two capacities, of 1,500 and 2,500 pages, and is very easy to slot in or remove.