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What's in a name? First it was Mannesman Tally and now it's TallyGenicom, the German-based company that deals primarily with corporate printer needs. It markets a wide range of monochrome and colour lasers and impact printers and here we're looking at an entry-level mono laser, the 9022.
This printer is a thinly-veiled Samsung ML-2250. Plenty of manufacturers fill gaps in their product line by rebadging others’ machines, so there is no stigma in this, but you have to consider whether the original manufacturer’s version is the better buy. In this case, what does the 9022 offer that the ML-2250 doesn't?
The printer looks sleek enough, with its slightly raised back adding a style highlight to what would otherwise be a rather cubic, beige box. There’s a bulge running most of the width of the printer at the rear, which hides the power supply and interfaces, so it has a bigger footprint than most pictures of it suggest.
Paper feeds from a 250-sheet tray underneath, to an output tray set into its top. Additionally, a 50 sheet, multi-purpose tray unfolds from the front panel for special media, such as envelopes or letterheads. An optional, second 250-sheet tray can be fitted underneath, providing a decent amount of direct paper feed.
A single control button is used to cancel a printing job or to switch in draft mode, and two indicator lights show draft on and any print errors. It's useful to be able to switch to draft mode for an individual job, without having to delve into the printer driver.
The 9022 has both parallel and USB 2.0 inputs and there are options for Ethernet and wireless adapters, which can be fitted internally.
The only consumable in this printer is an all-in-one toner cartridge, which slides into place once you've folded down the front cover of the machine. The cartridge lasts for 5,000 pages, but the printer is provided with a ‘starter’ cartridge of just 3,000 pages.
It was quite hard to make Windows recognise the 9022 as a TallyGenicom printer, rather than the Samsung machine it seemed determined to install. It also wanted to set up the printer as a parallel device, even though we had it connected through its USB 2.0 port. Once we had persuaded it of our intentions, it ran without problem and its well-featured printer driver offers multiple pages per sheet, watermarks, overlays and fit to page functions.
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