Samsung has built up a good reputation for its low-cost mono laser printers and the ML-2525 expands on the main strengths of its predecessors. The size, speed and running costs should make it a good choice as an individual desktop laser, but how does it measure up to the spec sheet and feature list?
Samsung has cleverly made the ML-2525 look a lot smaller than it is. The small, squat, black box does this by having a large black lump sticking out at the back. The clever bit is that you have to go looking for the lump, as it's sufficiently narrow and shallow not to be seen from most viewing angles. It houses the power supply and interface circuitry and covers the back of the paper tray, which can take a healthy 250-sheets. There’s a single-sheet, multi-purpose slot positioned just above the tray, too.
The top surface of the machine, while basically high-gloss black plastic, has a texture of dots set into it, giving it an air of sophistication. A black, textured indent takes the pages as they feed from the top and although there's a flip-up paper stop, we didn't need to use this at all when feeding A4 paper. At the back are sockets for mains power and USB, the only data connection on this machine.
The control panel is simple but sufficient, with two indicators for error conditions, and buttons for Stop Print and power. The final control is Samsung's unique screen print button, which automatically takes whatever is on the screen, or selected portions of it, and prints them out. This is a very useful feature and one other manufacturers may well imitate before too long.
A single-piece drum and toner cartridge slots in from the front, once you've folded down the slightly flimsy front panel. Changing consumables is extremely straightforward and the work of moments. Drivers for Windows and OS X are provided on the software CD and this includes the utility for screen print, as well. Various Linux distributions are also supported, through downloadable drivers.