If you want a laser printer for larger volume printing, it doesn’t mean it has to be a lot bigger than lower capacity machines. Take Samsung’s ML-4050ND, for example, which has a maximum duty cycle of 200,000 pages per month and top speed of 38ppm (though both figures should be taken under advisement); it’s little bigger then machines with half its capacity.
Light grey with dark grey side panels, the ML-4050ND isn’t going to break many house style rules; it’s inoffensive and suitably businesslike. The conventional design has paper feeding from a 500-sheet tray at the bottom. Yes, we did say 500-sheet, so an extra brownie point to Samsung there, and there’s a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray, too. You can also add up to three further 500-sheet trays, giving a massive total capacity of 2,100 sheets, enough for pretty much any workgroup and some departments.
The control panel, to the right of the paper output tray, is simple, but adequate. It includes the usual menu control buttons, one to stop a printing job and one to print a demo page. The final button is marked Toner Save and is a way of turning this function on directly from the printer.
The two-line LCD screen is backlit and set up at a 30-degree angle, so is easy to read. It would be useful to have a status indicator set into the top of this, to make it easier to see across an office if it runs out of paper or suffers a paper jam.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet and a wireless adapter is available as an option.
The front part of the top panel folds up to reveal the cartridge slot and the cartridge is a one-piece consumable, which slots in easily. It has a large toner hopper on top, as it's a high-capacity part, which means it won't need maintenance too regularly.
Drivers for both PostScript L3 and PCL 6 are provided for Windows and OS X and Samsung also provide support for Red Hat, Fedora, Mandrake and SuSE Linux, through downloads.