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Samsung ML-2165W

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9/10

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Review Price £90.00

For such a small printer, Samsung’s claim of a top speed that the ML-2165W can do 20ppm may look a bit wishful. It is. However, our 5-page text document still showed a good turn of speed, with the printer managing 9.7ppm, which increased to 14.9ppm on the 20-page document and touched 15ppm for the 5-page text and graphics text. These speeds are very good for a sub-£100 printer and a 15 x 10cm photo took just 13s.

Things weren’t so good when we used Wi-Fi Direct to print from a Samsung Galaxy Mini, Android phone. The small Samsung app, which is available for free from the Android Marketplace, offers a bit more control than a distant print utility, perhaps because it communicates directly with the printer via wireless, rather than through an Internet link.

Samsung ML-2165W

It’s not quick, however, with A4 pages taking between 1:36 and 2:43 to print. It appeared to be the speed of data transfer that was causing the problem, rather than the printer itself, which processed the page at the same speed as in our other tests.

The pages themselves are very cleanly printed, with crisp, sharp text and dense, slightly textured blacks. Greyscales are clean, too, with less banding than we’ve seen on some much more expensive printers and enough variation between greys to distinguish a good range of colours. Even photos look reasonable, though there’s a tendency for darker shades to shift to black and lose detail.

Samsung ML-2165W - Cartridge

The single drum and toner cartridge is the only consumable in the printer and at around £42 for a 1,500 page version, the running cost comes out at 3.6p for an ISO page, including 0.7p for paper. This is on a par with most mono lasers up to £200, except forKyocera Mita machines. But all told you’re not paying extra in the long run to compensate for a low purchase price with this Samsung.

Verdict
If you need a compact, personal laser printer, the Samsung ML-2165W has a very small footprint, but doesn’t sacrifice functionality for its small size. It’s quick, prints text and graphics well and can even handle direct print from phones and tablets. You don’t even pay over the odds for consumables.

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