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Epson Aculaser M1200 - Mono Laser Printer - Epson Aculaser M1200 - Mono Laser Printer

By Simon Williams



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Epson claims the Aculaser M1200 can print a nippy 20 pages per minute, so we were a bit sceptical, given this is an entry-level device. Our five-page black text print managed just 9.68ppm, so indicating we may be right, but when we ran the longer, 20-page test, it completed in 1:16 for a speed of 15.79ppm, which is a more impressive result. OK it's not 20ppm, but even 16ppm is pretty good for this class of machine. Subjectively, you certainly don't feel as if you're hanging about long.

Our five-page text and graphics print took just 26 seconds, five seconds less than the text document, since only one page-image has to be rasterised. A 15 x 10cm photo print on A4 took 13 seconds, which is also a very respectable speed.

The quality of prints is very good. Although it's native resolution is just 600dpi, there was no sign of jagged edges to curves or diagonals and no noticeable spatter of toner in places it shouldn't be.

Greyscales are a little uneven, though there are enough different tones to render a wide range of colours in their greyscale equivalents. This also means that our test photo showed up pretty well. Although dither patterns are obvious, the printer still managed to render reasonable detail in both full-light and shadowed parts of the image.

Epson inkjets have a reputation for making a lot of noise when printing, but their laser printers are quieter and the quoted noise level of 54dBA is not far off the mark, making this a reasonably comfortable machine to have working on the desk beside you.

There are two costs to consider in running the Aculaser M1200: toner and photoconductor. Toner cartridges come in two capacities and in regular and Return Programme versions. Return Programme cartridges are significantly cheaper and you can feel smug that you're doing something for the environment, too.

Using the high yield, 3,200 page toner cartridge and the photoconductor drum, which is specified at 20,000 pages, gives a cost per page of 2.97p, including 0.7p for paper. This is a little bit high, with machines like the £60 Samsung ML1915 coming in at 2.86p, but is still reasonable for its class.


The Aculaser M1200 is a good, simple mono laser printer, which prints smartly in both the speed and quality senses of the word. Given its very low price, it's hard to find much to hold against it. Probably the only noticeable glitch is the lack of a cover for its paper input tray. Even this won't be a problem, though, if you're happy to stow the paper between prints.


February 2, 2010, 5:41 am

A friend of mine bought a similarly cheap mono laser printer recently (might even be this one, don't know the manufacturer), and the ozone emissions must be pretty terrible. Any word on that? I've never smelled ozone with my (quite cheap) Lexmark printer.


February 2, 2010, 3:38 pm

A parallel port? Who thought that was a good idea? I haven't used a parallel port printer in at least 8 years, and pretty much no motherboard built in at least the last 5 years has a parallel port, while all have a multitude of USB ports. Surely they could have shaved a few pence off their bill of costs right there, which has got to be important in a super budget printer like this?

Ala Miah

February 2, 2010, 6:08 pm

It says 'USB Connection' on the 'Price and Running Cost' page so i'm guessing it has a USB port?

If it doesn't then this product isn't even worth looking at let alone reviewing it.


February 2, 2010, 8:58 pm

@Ala Miah - It does have a USB port, but it apparently also has a parallel port. According to the article: "At the back are sockets for USB and parallel ports, though the printer has no network connection."

Ala Miah

February 2, 2010, 9:30 pm

@John McLean Ahh yes your right, my bad.

I might be buying one soon, but I hate printers in general because they stop working for whatever reason and are so diffuclt to fix. I mean how much do I spend fixing a £20-30 printer with a recommendation from trusted reviews?

£10, £20? a new one will cost me that much anyway.

This is the last printer I will buy.


February 3, 2010, 6:12 am

@Ala Miah.

Mono laser printers are so simple there are neglible costs involved, ie unlikely to incur a repair bill.

"£10, £20? a new one will cost me that much anyway".

Blimey ! as much as £10 or £20 for a new one, yes that's too big a risk in these uncertain times, steer clear mate.

Ala Miah

February 3, 2010, 3:08 pm

@Frank I meant that much for the repair.

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