Samsung's ML-2552W | Wireless, Fast & Quiet

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Product: Samsung ML-2552W Wireless Laser Printer
Provided By: Samsung Canada
Price: ~600.00 USD Pricewatch

Introduction:
 

First off, I'd like to thank Samsung Canada for setting me up with another piece of hardware to review. To be honest, I've never reviewed a printer, and up until lately, I really never gave it much of a thought. However, the printer is a necessary part of the home and office so it's true that it too should warrant analysis.

With the cost of consumables being so high on Ink Jet Printers, the cost effective solution in an office of almost any size is a laser printer. The printer we have on the bench is not really an entry level printer however. This unit is more of the BMW of printers. It's fast, looks great, and handles whatever road - err print job you throw it's way. That being said, let's get to it.

 
The first thing you'll notice is that this printer is quite large. I've seen some smaller Samsung Laser printers and even some HP LaserJet's, but this thing is much larger than most. What scared me the most was the 1" of manuals that came with the printer. My first impressions were that you'd need a System Administrator to set the thing up. Not good for the SOHO. Thankfully, I was wrong and installation was a breeze. . . but I'm getting ahead of myself.
 

Printer Specs & Features:

 
  • PRINT Speed:* Up to 24 ppm in A4 (25 ppm in Letter)
  • Resolution: Up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi effective output
  • First Print Out Time: 12 seconds
  • Controller Processor: Samsung 266 MHz
  • Memory: 32 MB (Max. 160 MB)
  • Emulation: PostScript3, PCL6, IBM ProPrinter, EPSON
  • Interface: USB 2.0, IEEE1284 Parallel, Ethernet 10/100 Base TX, 802.11b Wireless LAN
  • Fonts: 45 Scalable, 1 Bitmap, 136 PostScript3 Fonts
  • OS Compatibility: Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP, Various Linux OS including Red Hat, Caldera, Debian, Mandrake, Slackware, SuSE and Turbo Linux, Mac OS 8.6~9.2/10.1~10.3
  • Paper Handling Input Capacity and Types: 500-sheet Cassette Tray, 100-sheet Multi Purpose Tray
  • Input/Output Capacity and Types: 250-sheet Face Down, 100-sheet Face Up
  • Media size: 76 x 127 mm (3" x 5") ~ 216 x 356 mm (8.5" x 14")
  • Special Media: Transparencies, Labels, Post Card, Envelope
  • Consumables Type: Single Cartridge
  • Yield: 10,000 Pages at IDC 5% coverage (Ships with 5,000 pages Starter Toner Cartridge)
  • General Dimension: (W*D*H) 386 x 436 x 326 mm (15.2" x 17.2" x 12.8")
  • Weight: 13.5 Kg (29.8 lbs)
  • Noise Level: ** Less than 53 BA (Printing) Less than 35 BA (Standby)

Installation:
 
There are several different ways to connect this printer to your office. The simplest and most likely to be used is the USB2.0 interface. With this method installation is as simple as plug in, install drivers, and print. The same can be said for the standard printer ports. Honestly though, if you're going to drop the green on a network capable printer (both wired and wireless) you'll likely be hooking it up over your network. There are a few ways to make this happen.

 

The first way is to install the Sync Thru software as outlined in the manual. It will search the network (wired or wireless) and locate the printer. It will then allow you to make the necessary changes to enable the printer on your workgroup. This method should easily take you less than 3 minutes.

The second way to install and setup the printer is by using the built-in configuration utility through the menus. Although it may appear intimidating at first, it's really very simple to use. In less than a minute, I had the printer configured and set up on my wireless network using the printer configuration - even with out reading the manual first! (After it was done, I made sure I hadn't screwed anything up by reading the manual though).

In reality, installation was a breeze and the manual were not really even needed. I'd recommend consulting and following instructions in the manual however as it could save you a lot of headache.

 

The printer drivers have a very clean and simple interface. You can enable features such as Toner Save, Duplex Printer (print on both sides), dpi and image mode all from the printer control area. All of these features are also available through the printer menus.
 

 
 
Now that we've seen a bit of what this printer is about, let's take a closer look at what it is and what it can do for you.