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One step up from the one-per-desk mono laser printer is a machine intended for a small workgroup or independent business or branch office. Network-enabled and with a reasonable turn of speed, this type of printer is the mainstay of many small companies. Samsung has been gradually increasing its market share in the sphere and the ML-3310ND is its latest contender.
The printer has a fairly conventional design, basically cuboid but with broadly rounded vertical edges. The colour scheme is less usual, in two shades of grey, and the case texture, with its corrugated side panels, gives it individuality.
Paper feeds from a 250-sheet tray at the bottom of the machine and there's a pull-down, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray just above. A second main tray is available as an option, with a slightly unusual capacity of 520 sheets.
The control panel is rather dowdy, with Samsung’s ring of navigation controls and two buttons for power and to cancel a printing job. The fourth button, labelled Eco, automatically switches the printer to toner save, duplex and two pages per sheet, to save paper, toner and energy. It's good to have this single-click button, so you can quickly set the machine to make savings when printing less vital, internal jobs.
There's a 2-line by 16-character LCD display, too, and although this doesn't have a backlight, it’s set into the machine at a shallow angle, so offers good contrast under most forms of overhead lighting. Sockets at the back are for USB and 10/100 Ethernet networking. There's an optional parallel interface available though, slightly surprisingly, no wireless adapter.
A small button at the left-hand end of the front panel releases the whole panel to provide access to a single-piece drum and toner cartridge. This is exceptionally easy to change and with only the one consumable to consider, means the printer has very low maintenance.
Software on the supplied CD caters for both Windows and OS X in the normal way, and Linux drivers are also available. Additionally, Samsung provides its AnyWeb utility, enabling scrapbooking from websites, so you can quickly prepare printouts from your research.
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