Samsung's ML-2851ND is a barebones monolaser printer with a few extra features attached that will appeal to the small-to-medium business crowd that simply needs to print out text documents or light graphics. The $330 price tag is higher than average for a monochrome printer (especially one that that isn't wireless), and the Dell 1720 monolaser has the same features for $30 less. Still, the Samsung is a faster printer with higher quality prints. If those are deciding factors for you, go with the Samsung ML-2851ND.
Design and Features
The Samsung ML-2851ND isn't much to look at. It looks unsurprisingly similar to every other monolaser currently on the market. We wouldn't call it ugly; more like utterly forgettable.
It measures 8.3 inches tall, 14.3 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep, and weighs 26.2 pounds. The top of the unit has one big power button and one of two LCDs for power and print status. The input tray feeds into the bottom and can hold the standard 250 sheets of paper; Samsung also gives the option to purchase another 250-sheet drawer as an accessory. The Samsung does have an additional tray on the front for single sheet feeds, but again, the Samsung ML-2851ND is as basic as you can get in a monolaser, with no bells or whistles other than a built-in duplexer for printing double-sided sheets of paper.
The Samsung ships with a standard yield toner cartridge capable of producing 2,000 pages, but they also sell a 5,000-page high-yield cartridge for $100. We did the math and it factors out to approximately 2 cents per page for the high yield, which is good but not the best deal you can get. Samsung rates the printer's monthly duty cycle at 3,000 pages, which will be fine for most small-to-medium-size businesses.
You can either connect the printer to a computer with a USB 2.0 cable (not included) or through a network by way of a wireless router. Attaching it to your network is as easy as installing the driver onto the host computer and then simply connecting an Ethernet cable from the printer to your router. From start to finish, we successfully connected the host computer as well as two tangential computers to the ML-2851ND in less than 10 minutes.
Along with the typical driver options (layout, duplex, watermark, overlay), you can also adjust the resolution to 600 or 1,200 dpi. It also boasts a text-enhancement option as well as a toner save mode that, according to Samsung, will lower toner consumption up to 40 percent consumption.