Samsung pitches the ML-2250's engine at 22 pages per minute (ppm), but CNET Labs' tests tracked text printing at 16.5ppm and grayscale graphics at 14.1ppm. That's slower than similar printers, such as the Lexmark E322n, which rolls out text at 21ppm and includes an Ethernet NIC but costs double the price. We couldn't find anything to criticize about the ML-2250's clean, crisp, and distortion-free letters. Grayscale graphics are also impressive for this laser printer, with fine detail and only slight dottiness on photos, though a few of the lightest and darkest gray shades were missing.
A silver lining laces our only grumble about the ML-2250's packaging. The printer includes a half-size starter cartridge, but its 5,000-page life expectancy won't force you to shop for a refill right away. And we're singing about the cheap toner cost: a full 10,000-page replacement cartridge runs $100, or 1 cent per page.
Samsung covers the ML-2250 with a one-year depot warranty, which you can extend for a yet-undetermined cost. Free, toll-free tech support is good for the life of the printer, available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
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