Samsung's ML-3710ND is a no-nonsense monochrome laser printer that can be easily shared among different computers thanks to its Ethernet port. Essentially, it's a faster version of the , which we looked at recently. You can buy it online for around £200.
Quite the eyesore
Like many laser printers, this model isn't exactly a joy to behold. Its two-tone, grey exterior looks very business-like. Samsung has added a ridged pattern to the front and sides, but, overall, it's not an inspiring design.
The control panel is mounted on the top right-hand side of the printer and consists of a two-line, 16-character monochrome display with a circular control pad sitting beneath it. This is joined by a dedicated eco button, along with a stop button and the power button. Beneath the power button, there's an error LED that flashes to signal problems such as an empty paper tray or low toner levels.
The main paper tray is housed at the bottom of the printer and can hold up to 250 sheets at a time, which is fairly generous. Above this, there's a fold-down multi-purpose tray that can hold an additional 50 sheets of paper, although it's more likely to be used for printing envelopes and the like. There's also an option to add an additional tray with a further 520-sheet capacity, if your printing needs are particularly demanding.
The ML-3710ND can be connected to your computer via USB or its Ethernet port. Sadly, Wi-Fi isn't supported.
The printer comes with its cartridge pre-installed, so there's very little setting up required. Basically, you just take the printer out of its box, add some paper to the tray, install the drivers on your PC and you're ready to start printing.
The eco button on the front acts as a switch that's used to turn on and off a number of different eco-friendly settings, which you can configure via the control panel. For example, you can tell the printer to always print in duplex mode, print two pages per sheet or activate the toner-save mode. The driver also gives you a handy indication of the amount of paper, electricity and CO2 you'll save by using the various options you select.