Samsung ML-2010 review: Samsung ML-2010

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Samsung ML-2010

(Part #: ML-2010) Released: Aug 31, 2005
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Fast; inexpensive; good-quality text; easy to set up and use; PC, Mac, and Linux compatible.

The Bad Small paper capacity; mediocre graphics quality; doesn't include USB cable.

The Bottom Line The Samsung ML-2010 markedly improves on its predecessor but remains a personal laser rather than a serious business printer.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Service and support 7.0

Samsung ML-2010

The Samsung ML-2010 is a small, attractive, and affordable monochrome laser printer suitable for a home office, a modest business, or a well-equipped dorm room. Like any low-cost laser printer, the ML-2010 has its limitations, such as a small 150-sheet-capacity main paper tray and only 8MB of memory, neither of which you can expand. That should be no problem if you do only occasional black-and-white document printing at your home or small shop. In fact, the ML-2010's clean, compact design and decent output make it desirable for anyone with limited office space, especially students. We prefer this Samsung to the entry-level Dell 1100 . But larger or growing businesses will be better off with a hardy network printer or even a color laser printer.

The Samsung ML-2010 follows in the footsteps of its well-liked predecessor, the Samsung ML-1740 . Prices have dropped on laser printers that aim to serve space-squeezed small offices, most notably the sub-$100 Dell 1100 . But thanks to better paper handling and more RAM, we prefer the $150 Samsung ML-2010.

The Samsung ML-2010 has a bright white plastic front and soft gray sides and back. The footprint takes up a small 9 by 14 by 18 inches (HWD) with paper installed and the front cover open. The ML-2010 is so petite that the input paper tray, like the one on the Dell 1100 , protrudes from the front cover. However, where Dell leaves the paper uncovered and the interior of the 1100 unprotected, Samsung provides a heavy-duty clear plastic cover to shield the paper from spills and help keep dust out of the printer's interior.

The ML-2010 holds 150 sheets of paper in its input tray, and the output bin on top holds 50 sheets, which is adequate. The control panel consists of a dime-size chrome button and two tiny LEDs. The button allows you to switch between automatic feed for plain paper and manual mode for hand-feeding envelopes into the one-page auxiliary slot. You can also choose toner-save mode for draft copies. The LEDs tell you when the printer is ready to print, when it's busy processing a job, or if printing is stalled because of a jam or an empty paper tray.

The ML-2010's combination toner cartridge and print drum sits deep inside the printer behind the front cover. It has a long handle, so it's easy to manage. The ML-2010 is simple to set up and install. All you need is a USB cable; the setup poster comes with the printer, and the drivers are self-loading.

Like the Dell 1100 , the ML-2010 ships with a skimpy "starter" toner cartridge that you need to replace after 1,000 pages; the replacement costs $80, and Samsung says it will print about 3,000 pages. With the replacement cartridge, you'll pay around 2.7 cents per page--better than the Dell 1100's per-page cost of 3.3 cents but still not as low as you get with a bigger, pricier laser printer such as the 1.5-cents-per-page Dell 1700n .

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