A compact mono laser can be the ideal printer for anybody with a limited budget, who doesn't need colour print. Sub-£100 lasers sit in a surprisingly crowded market, with most of the main manufacturers offering at least one model. Samsung has long played in this arena and the Xpress M2022W offers good mobile compatibility, as well as wireless and USB connectivity.
The printer has a very compact footprint when closed and Samsung has done its best to keep it small when opened for printing, too. The front panel folds down to become the paper feed tray and the two-stage paper support which folds out from the top takes a rakishly steep angle, increasing the printer’s height, but keeping its depth down.
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The small control panel on the right-hand side has two leds and two illuminated buttons. As well as the power button there’s one for WPS connection; press it and the corresponding button on your WPS-enabled router and the printer connects securely with a minimum of fuss.
Opposite the control panel, on the other side of the output tray, is a label showing where to touch your Near Field Communication (NFC) equipped smartphone or tablet to make a trouble-free connection for printing. At the back of the printer is a single USB socket too, though the wireless connection is a more flexible option.
A single-piece drum and toner cartridge slides into the depths of the printer once you’ve hinged the whole of the top cover up, out of the way. The cartridge is available in just one capacity of 1,000 pages, which is quite low for a laser, but high compared with inkjet printers at the same price.
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The printer driver includes Samsung’s Easy Eco panel which previews a print job and enables you to select options such as lower toner use, multiple pages per sheet and duplex print – though only manual duplex. It shows reductions in toner, paper, energy, CO2 and cost as you option changes.