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Samsung ML-2955DW review: Samsung ML-2955DW

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The Good Great print quality; Petite dimensions; Easy to set up and use.

The Bad Not the fastest; Print costs are quite high.

The Bottom Line The Samsung ML-2955DW is small, easy to use and produces good quality output. However, its running costs are quite high, so if you make heavy use of your printer you'd be better off stepping up to Samsung's ML-3710ND, which is slightly more expensive to buy but cheaper to run.

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If you're tight on space in your home office, but need a laser printer to rapidly pump out pages, then Samsung's ML-2955DW monochrome laser model looks to be a good option.

It's one of the smallest laser printers on the market and can be picked up online for the very reasonable price of £120.

Design and features

The ML-2955DW is tiny compared to the majority of laser printers that I get in for review. Its footprint measures just 348x338mm and it stands a mere 197mm tall, so it's ideally sized for use in home offices, especially those where space is at a premium.

While I wouldn't go so far as to describe this model as stylish, the combination of its small size and the nicely rounded edges do make it look rather cute by laser printer standards. The off-white colour scheme is a tad unimaginative though.

The top of the printer houses the 150-sheet output tray. This has a dust cover that needs to be flipped open when the printer is in use. Like most laser models, the bottom of the chassis houses a cassette-style paper input tray. This sticks out the back of the chassis and Samsung doesn't supply a cover for it, so if the printer isn't used for a while, there's a possibility that dust could collect on the top sheet of paper.

Samsung ML-2955DW tray open
When closed, the cassette-style paper tray sticks out of the back uncovered, which could prove to be a dust trap.

Above the input tray is a flap that you push inwards to release and reveal the multi-purpose feeder bypass. This can take one sheet at a time and is handy for printing non-standard paper sizes, such as envelopes and labels.

The control panel on the top right-hand side sadly doesn't include a display. Instead, there are just two LED lights to indicate the printer's status. The icons above these LEDs aren't very clear and you'll have to refer to the manual to decipher what most of the light and blinking combinations mean.

Beneath the LEDs are buttons for eco mode, Wi-Fi set-up, job cancel and power. The lack of a screen means that this is a printer that you'll be managing mainly from your computer, rather than its control panel.

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