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Samsung ML-1865W review: Samsung ML-1865W

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The Good Fast print speed; Good quality results; Compact size; Built-in Wi-Fi; Cheap to run.

The Bad Some slight banding on graphics printouts.

The Bottom Line The ML-1865W is a very compact printer, but nevertheless it's easy to setup and use, produces good quality printouts at a rapid speed and is also economical to run.

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8.3 Overall

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If you don't fancy a full-on, office-sized laser printer, but still need to be able to produce high-quality black and white documents, Samsung has you in its sights for the ML-1865W. It's one of the tinchiest laser printers on the market, so it's ideal for use in smaller home offices, and it can be bought online for around £80.

Easy does it

The 1865W is around half the size of a normal laser printer (at 341 by 224 by 184mm) and with its paper trays closed it can easily be stored away even on a small shelf. Decked out in glossy black, it also looks a little more stylish than your average office model.

Despite the printer's small dimensions, its power supply is housed internally, so you don't end up with a huge power brick sitting on the floor next to it. The version we had in for review includes integrated Wi-Fi too, but there is also another version available that drops Wi-Fi and costs a little bit less as a result.

Setting up the 1865W really is child's play as it comes with a 700-page starter cartridge pre-installed. When you do come to change the cartridge, you'll find the process very straightforward, because it simply lifts out of the belly of the machine. There's even a handle on it to make it easier to grip.

A handle on the cartridge makes it easy to replace.

On the software front, you get a CD with the printer driver plus an application called AnyWeb Print. The latter is a sort of digital scrapboard utility that lets you grab bits of text and images from around the Web and drag them into a scrap board in your browser where you can then re-arrange and edit them for printing later.

On the wireless

Installing the printer over either Wi-Fi or USB is pretty painless. You simply load up the driver first on your computer. Then if you're connecting via USB you just plug in the supplied cable and away you go.

If you want to set it up to work over Wi-Fi and have a WPS-capable router, you just hit the WPS button on the front of the printer and then do the same on your router. They'll then automatically communicate with each other to configure the required setting automatically. Alternatively, if your router doesn't have WPS, you need to connect the printer to your computer via USB first to configure the Wi-Fi settings.

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