Samsung is one of the leading manufacturers of office laser printers and makes machines from personal desktop machines up to fast workgroup devices. The ML-6510ND is definitely one of the latter; indeed Samsung claims it’s the fastest laser printer in the world, with a top speed of 62ppm. Can it really reach that speed, and is speed everything?
One of the physically biggest printers we’ve reviewed, the ML-6510ND is over half a metre high and weighs in at 35kg. So, believe us, it’s best to move it with a friend and give it a stand or table of its own. Samsung has tried to break up its monolithic lines by keeping the colour light, a neutral fawny-grey, and ribbing the case horizontally.
Everything about this printer is big in proportion. The output tray set into its top cover is deep enough to take documents of many hundreds of pages and the input tray can take 520 sheets at a time, more than a full ream. There’s a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray which folds down from the front panel too.
One or two further 520-sheet trays can be added as options, as well as a 2,000-sheet high-capacity feeder, giving a maximum paper capacity of 3,660 sheets. Other options include a hard drive for template storage, a stacker and a finishing stapler.
The control panel is a little more adventurous than on many mono lasers. As well as a fully bit-mapped, backlit, four-line LCD panel, there’s a number pad for entering passcodes when printing securely. A large, easy to use ring for menu navigation is also included, as is a big button marked Eco.
With a single push of this button you can switch the printer into duplex mode, print two pages per sheet and reduce the toner use. That’s the default Eco mode, but you can program it through the printer driver to set what you need.
Sockets at the back provide for Gigabit Ethernet and USB connections, and wireless is available through an optional adapter. The consumables load down into the machine with the 80,000-page photoconductor drum slotting in below the toner cartridge, which comes in two capacities, of 10,000 and 30,000 pages.
Software includes Samsung’s SmarThru and AnyWeb utilities, as well as PCL and PostScript drivers in emulation. Windows, OS X, Linux and Unix are all supported platforms, though drivers for the last two have to be downloaded.