Samsung ML-2525W review: Samsung ML-2525W

Performance
The ML-2525W isn't the flashiest printer on the shelf, but it certainly sets the pace for the rest of the monochrome laser market in terms of print speed and output quality. It's fairly rare to see a printer crank out text, graphics, and PowerPoint presentations at the same speed, but this Samsung maintains a solid 20 pages per minute across the board, roughly the same speed as the ML-2851ND.

Printing speeds (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation   
Black Graphics   
Black Text   
Dell 1720dn
11.79 
21.59 
13.46 
Lexmark E460dw
9.96 
25.99 
17.61 
Samsung ML-2525W
20 
20.19 
18.82 
Samsung ML-2851ND
20.28 
21.8 
20.69 
Lexmark E350d
21.22 
25.47 
24.13 

Like most mono-lasers, the Samsung text quality results were superb, with dark lines and even thickness in bold fonts and large lettering. Navigating through the driver, you'll find options to "Print all text to black" and "Print all text to darken," which do exactly what they say: they allow the printer to make dark lines and text even darker, enhancing solid characters for extra emphasis throughout the page, most notably on large blocks of black color. This model also improves on previous iterations that struggled with our test graphics document. The sample page from the ML-2525W features subtle movement from black-to-white gradations and within varying percentages of shading. We don't expect many users to rely on their monochrome laser for photos, but our presentation samples with detailed images are acceptable for a professional environment.

Service and Support

Samsung supports the ML-2525W with a one-year, limited warranty and toll-free tech support. Samsung's online Support Center also offers a how-to guide, a FAQ, and software downloads, including drivers, manuals, and firmware updates.

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  • Interface 802.11b
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome
  • Max Speed 24 ppm
    24 ppm