Printers are usually fairly universal as far as operating systems are concerned, but you might not get all the features on some. Samsung supplies drivers for Windows, Mac OS and Linux on the supplied CD which is very impressive.
What is not so impressive is the supplied toner cartridge, as it is what Samsung refers to as a starter. This means that you will only get a 1000 page toner supply at purchase which is really a bit stingy. A replacement toner for the ML1750 is in the £50-60 range depending on supplier, which is what you would expect.
So what is it that makes this printer so great for the small office or home user, apart from being affordable and cheap to run? Well, it’s quiet and remarkably fast to wake up from standby and print out the first page. It takes only a couple of seconds for the printer to wake up and then another 20-30 seconds or so for the first page to come out. Printing a 10 page text document took 49.9 seconds at 600dpi. The spool time was 5.5 seconds and the first page was out of the printer after 16.2 seconds.
Printing a 10 page 5% coverage document at 300 dpi, which is the draft mode, took a total of 46.6 seconds, this is faster than printing at 600dpi but the quality was visibly reduced. Again printing a 10 page PDF document with a couple of images took a total of 47.6 seconds at 600dpi which is very impressive and actually faster than the text test.
Printing pictures on the ML1750 is a completely different story and they don’t come out very well at all. They tend to suffer from banding across the image as well as poor image resolution even though the printer was set to 1200dpi and the image enhance feature in the drivers was enabled. But this is not what mono laser printers are meant to be doing.
There is a toner saver option on the ML1750, but the printouts looks washed out when this is enabled, but it comes in handy for draft printouts where quality doesn’t matter.
The ML1750 might not be capable of Samsungs quoted 16 pages per minute (ppm) but it’s not far off. The print quality for text is first rate and as long as you stick to 600dpi you will get some very professional outputs.
The drivers are easy to install and there is a printer monitoring tool as well. Everything can be set in the drivers and they are fairly easy to get to grips with. The manual is also first rate and easy to understand.
I do however have one complaint and that is the printer cable, or rather the lack of one. Parallel port cables might be costly, but a USB cable wouldn’t have been too much to ask for when you’re spending this much on a printer.
Overall the Samsung ML1750 is an excellent little printer that’s a great choice for anyone that prints a lot of text based material. Samsung might not be the number one brand in printers, but the ML1750 is a first rate printer that deserves a Recommended award.
The Samsung ML1750 is almost perfect, but the starter toner and the lack of printer cable remove some of its lustre. It is however a great personal laser printer for the home or small office.
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