Samsung ML-2250 review: Samsung ML-2250

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.

CNET Labs' laser performance (pages per minute)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Black graphics speed  
Black text speed  
Lexmark E322n
15.56 
20.95 
Samsung ML-2250
14.10 
16.45 

CNET Labs' laser print quality  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Graphics quality  
Text quality  
Samsung ML-2250
Good 
Excellent 
Lexmark E322n
Good 
Fair 

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul. 7, 2004
  • Interface Parallel
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome
  • Max Speed 22 ppm