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8/10

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Samsung ML-4050ND

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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