Practically nothing beats replacing an older inkjet printer with a wireless laser model. The Samsung ML-2525W hits the sub-£100 price with a sensible, small design that works nicely in just about any home or small work place.
The black and white wireless laser ML-2525W prints via USB 2., wired Ethernet and wireless 802.11b/g. Additionally it is compatible with nearly all operating systems: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 2003 Server, 2008 Server and 7; Mac OS X 10.3-10.6; and Linux.
It won't scan or copy, but this means it does not use up a lot of space. The machine, which is able to rest perfectly on any small area, is approximately 14 x 15 x 8 inches in size and weighs around 17 lbs. The body features a robust, sturdy feel and comes in a classic black matte finish.
The top panel features a pair of buttons – one for power and one you push and hold to print configuration reports. The print tray is internal, which will protects paper from dust build-up. The front section opens for fast access to paper jams and simple toner installation.
The device does not support automated duplex printing, but you can easily supply sheets physically via an input slot on the front of the printer if you want double-sided prints. The input slot additionally allows you to print on different sizes and kinds of media, like postcards and envelopes.
Two great things about going from inkjet printer to laser are speed as well as noise – and the ML-2525W won't disappoint. It needs around 9 seconds for the number one page to print from standby mode, as Samsung's specs state, and printing speed is a comfy 24 pages-per-minute at a muted 50 dBA.
The print tray total capacity is 250 sheets, that's half a standard 500-sheet packet of 8.5 x 11-inch paper. Printed pages appear at the top of the equipment, rather than a pull-out tray, and pause when you hit the output capability of 80 sheets.
Yet another advantage of laser, in comparison to inkjet, is lower running costs. Toner cartridges last longer, so if you print frequently, it'll lessen how often you get caught out during a print job. In the event you print rarely, working with toner additionally will mean you won't need to bother about your print cartridges drying up.
The ML-2525W takes two toner cartridge capacities: the MLT-D105L cartridge and this prints approximately 2,500 pages, while the small yield ML-D105S cartridge prints roughly 1,500 pages.
The downside, if going from a colour inkjet to the black-and-white ML-2525W model, is losing the opportunity to print in colour. But if you print plenty of text and find virtually all your colour printing happens whenever your black ink cartridge runs out, the loss shall be minimal.
The benefits of wireless printing simply cannot be over-stated. You not only lose the visual clutter of wires, but acquire the convenience to print from as many devices as you want from any site in your network. But the biggest barrier, for wireless printers on the whole, continues to be the setup operation.
While the prices for wireless and laser printing is falling, right now there are not a great variety of designs in the marketplace that will include both. The ML-2525W's principal opposition is the HL-2107W, a wireless laser black and white printer from Brother that has similar specs for a comparable cost.
Major disparities between the Samsung and Brother models are memory (the ML-2525W has 64MB, the HL-2107W has 32MB), print quality (the ML-2525W prints at 1200 x 1200 dpi, the HL-2107W prints at 2400 x 600 dpi) along with design (the ML-2525W can be purchased in black, while the HL-2107W is two shades of gray).
Samsung also provides a couple of other black-and-white wireless laser designs. The ML-1630W is very compact and has a piano black finish. The SCX-4500W is a multi-functional printer/scanner/copier model having a matching sleek build and finish.
A pair of colour laser wireless designs are also available from Samsung: the CLP-315W and CLX-3175FW.
All round, the ML-2525W offers outstanding printing speed, quality and overall performance for its cost. The equipment looks good, having a clean, stream-lined style that is simple and efficient. The wireless set up could be enhanced with better tech help as well as trouble shooting tips for the various operating systems supported, but the benefits of wireless printing will likely outrank any kind of annoyance you might face in the course of the setup.