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Samsung has made small-format personal laser printers for a while, but the ML-2165W is probably the most compact yet. With dimensions of a mere 331 x 215 x 178mm, it’s about the same size as a toaster, just a little wider. It does a bit more than a toaster, though, and doesn’t get as hot.
Coloured in shades of mid and light grey, there are no gaps or openings for dust or spills to enter, when the printer is closed. To open it, you pull down the front cover, which then becomes the paper feed tray, and fold forward the top cover, which becomes the output tray. Quite neat, though there’s no cover for the paper stack, so you will probably need to close the machine up when not in use. Cleverly, if you forget to open the output tray before printing, paper feeds through the gap left at the hinge, onto the desk, rather than jamming inside the printer.
To the right of the paper output slot is a small control panel with two leds and two illuminated buttons. The front button turns the printer on and off, but the rear one has a number of uses.
During setup, it acts as a single-press WPS connection and works fine in linking directly to your WPS-equipped wireless router, though this could be complicated if there’s more than one network within range. For wired connection a USB socket is available at the back, too.
After that, it’s used to control manual duplex print, where you take the sheet or sheets off the output tray, put them straight in the feed tray and press to complete the job. It’s not the first time manual duplexing has been handled like this, but it does make it very easy.
It’s also easy to print from the Web, thanks to Samsung’s AnyWeb Print. This downloadable utility (not that easy to find from the link supplied by the installation CD) automatically scales web pages to fit a printed page, so you don’t lose text or pictures off the edge.
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