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Samsung ML-3310ND - Performance and Verdict
Samsung claims an impressive 31ppm for the ML-3310ND, which for a printer in this class, is well above average. Under test, though, things didn’t run quite according to the claims. Our five-page text document took 21s to run, a speed of 14.3ppm, under half the quoted speed.
The 5-page text and graphics document was slightly faster, at 15.0ppm, but the 20-page text document did best, at 23.1ppm. This is still a way short of the quoted speed, mainly, as usual, due to the time it takes the printer to process the page image before printing starts. It also assumes the printer is already waiting to print; it takes another 15s to warm up from sleep mode.
The ML-3310ND can print duplex pages as standard and running the 20-page document as a 20-side test produced a speed of 13.6 sides per minute, which is again good for a printer in this price range.
The quality of prints is well up to what we’d expect from a business laser. The effective 1,200dpi resolution produces crisp, dense text and even if you switch on toner save mode, it loses little of its clean, smooth appearance. Duplex prints are well-handled, too, with well-registered page images for the two sides of each sheet.
Greyscale graphics are sharp and grey fills only show very slight banding. Our test photo print is reasonably clear, though some darker greys are printed too dark, and veer to black.
There are two versions of the drum and toner cartridge, with 2,000 and 5,000 page yields. As usual, the higher yield part gives the best economy and our calculations show a page cost of 1.9p. This is very low, beaten by few lasers we’ve tested costing under £500, let alone £200.
This is a good, general-purpose office laser printer, offering relatively fast print and costing very little per page to run. Text pages come out well and business graphics are sharp with a good range of greys, though some are too dark. Eco-mode is a useful, quick-change option that saves power, paper and pence per page.