The sub £100 laser printer market includes a number of personal printers intended for occasional print, where you would normally remove and store paper separately, when not printing. Samsung’s ML-2545 has a pricetag well below £100, but is laid out very much like the company's more expensive mono lasers. Although it's very much a SOHO machine, it feels like a scaled-down office device.
Coloured in off-white, with corrugated, pale grey side panels, it appears to have a very small footprint, until you look around the back and see there's a power bulge, which also hides the back of the A4 paper tray. This increases the printer's footprint, but it's still a modest machine and will fit virtually any desktop.
It's conventionally designed, but with a fold-over output tray, which acts as a dust cover when the printer isn't in use. If you forget to open this tray before printing, it's designed well enough that paper feeds out through a slot at its hinge onto the desktop, rather than jamming under the cover.
Its simple control panel includes an illuminated power button, a large job cancel button and a third one which produces an automatic screen print. Two LEDs indicate low toner and paper jam and everything else is controlled from the Samsung driver.
At the bottom of the front panel is a 250-sheet paper tray and above this is a single-sheet feed slot with adjustable guides, ideal for special media and envelopes.
At the back is a single USB socket, the only data connection on the Samsung ML-2545, and a single mains socket. It’s easy enough to set up, but without the flexibility of a wireless link.
The printer driver is well organised and includes options such as multiple pages per sheet, but no duplex print, other than feeding pages back into the machine by hand. As well as the print-screen button on the control panel, Samsung provides a Web print utility, so you can select and print whole pages or portions of a page, automatically fitting them to the paper.
The single-piece drum and toner cartridge slides in behind a fold-down front cover and is available in two different toner capacities. Replacing the cartridge takes under 10 seconds.