Samsung ML-1500 Printer Review
The Samsung ML-1500 is a monochrome laser printer designed for the home or small office user. It features good paper capacity and fast speeds in a compact design. Lack of a control panel might be inconvenient for some users. This unit only prints in black, so if color is a must, look towards the Samsung CLP-315 toner printer.
The Samsung ML-1500 is one of the most affordable personal laser printers on the market, but that doesn't mean it sacrifices on speed or print quality. It is also a very compact printer, with a small enough footprint to share a desk with a computer. In fact, it is not much larger than the average inkjet printer. Despite its compact size, it also doesn't skimp on paper capacity. Its main tray holds 250 sheets, and there is a single-sheet manual bypass slot for alternate media types. It is somewhat disappointing that no multipurpose tray is included, but it is understandable given the ML-1500's compact size.
Setting up the Samsung ML-1500 is simple. Users simply install the software and then connect the USB cable to the computer when prompted. No network connection is included, but the ML-1500 could be shared across a network easily with a print server or host computer.
Samsung ML-1500 toner cartridges are affordably-priced, especially since one cartridge supports multiple printer models. The Samsung ML-1500 toner cartridges are easy to access and replace, making it a simple process even for novices. The printer has a Toner Save feature, which reduces the amount of toner used per page, saving money over the lifetime of the printer. The page yield is 3,000, considerably higher than the competition, such as the HP P1006 toner.
Print speed is fast, at around 12 pages per minute, which is impressive for the printer's price. Text quality is very sharp and detailed, and only loses a little of its darkness when using the Toner Save feature. Graphics are below average, but usable.
Overall, the Samsung ML-1500 is an excellent choice for the home or small office user on a budget. It has been compared to the Canon MF4150 toner printer, and reviews imply that it is better. It provides excellent and fast text printing, and the occasional graphics print.