- Review Price: £170.00
Laser printers might not be the most exciting bits of kit that you can buy for your PC, but if you need to print large amounts of text, then you should seriously consider getting one. Why? Because you will save huge amounts of money on printer consumables. A toner cartridge for a laser printer, depending on model, lasts for between 3000 and 6000 pages and would normally set you back between £45-100. This is a lot more affordable in the long run compared to a black inkjet cartridge that can cost up to £20 depending on printer model. If you’re lucky this will last you for around 500 pages.
Laser printers used to be horrendously expensive for the home market, but this is far from the truth today with many low end laser printers hitting sub £100 levels. The Samsung ML1750 is a bit more expensive at around the £175 mark depending on retailer. It does lack some of the features seen on larger business laser printers, but as a personal laser or one for the smaller business it’s a great choice.
First off let’s start with some basic features and specifications. The ML1750 has a 166MHz processor and 8MB of memory, which means that it will be able to process most print jobs you throw at it. It’s capable of a print resolution of 1,200 x 600 dpi which is very good for a laser printer, especially at this price point. You can connect the ML1750 to a parallel port, as well as a USB port and there is support for both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0.
What I really like about the ML1750 is the 250 sheet paper tray, which is a proper removable tray. This means that there is less paper mess and it is very easy to load paper in the printer. There is also a small indicator on the front of the tray that shows remaining paper quantity. There’s a manual feeder at the front of the printer in case you want to print envelopes or on thicker paper stock. The manual feeder will only take one page at the time, so this might be something to bear in mind if you print a lot of odd shaped material or a lot of envelopes.
The paper path in the printer means that the printouts end up up-side down on top of the unit. But there is also a face up paper path, but this means that the printouts end up at the back of the printer. In combination with the manual feeder at the front you can get a straight paper path through the printer, which is ideal again for thicker paper stock. The top output tray is capable of storing up to 50 sheets before it has to be emptied. It’s a shame that the chassis isn’t a little longer though, as you have to fold out a small support bracket that holds the paper in place.
The ML1750 is also a very compact unit measuring 348 x 335 x 193mm (W x D x H) which makes it easy to place. It is however worth noting that the paper tray sticks out somewhat around the back together with the inputs for power and the parallel port. This means that it can’t be placed flush against a wall.