How many of you have bought a personal printer because of it’s small size and footprint only to discover that in order to use it the printer needs at least 10 more inches just because of the horizontal paper tray or output bin? Let’s face it: the length of the paper used in printers ultimately determines the space a printer occupies. Somewhere, a smart engineer sitting in the back of a meeting said, “If horizontal space is a premium, how about using vertical space?” After the head-slapping stopped, the Samsung ML-1430 was born.
Introduced in 2002, the ML-1430 is one of the first consumer-level affordable laser printers on the market. If this printer’s design looks familiar, that’s because HP also has two vertical laser printers—the 5L & 6L—that are similar in design and function.
For a small printer it carries a lot of features on its control panel. The Demo button also performs drum cleaning, and operates the manual input tray. The 1-touch Toner Save adds 40% life to toner. The cancel button doubles as a Reprint button—it will preprint the last page of the last print job. This feature is almost like having a copier in your house and is nice when you realize you wanted multiple pages after you closed your application.
The maximum 600 x 600 dpi resolution produces sharp text and decent details on simple graphics. Photographs and higher resolution graphics will appear grainy but are suitable for publishing the community newsletter.
When the ML-1430 was first introduced to the public, the15 ppm print speed was a fairly decent speed for a laser printer. Printer warm-up time takes 30 seconds, also normal for printers of its age. The noise level on this printer 49dB when printing, 35dB when the automatic Power Save puts the printer in standby. To give you an idea on the noise level, 50dB is the level of low conversations and 40dB is whispering.
For computer connectivity Samsung offers either USB 1.1 & Parallel IEEE 1284. The slower USB speed is fine for the ML-1430’s slower print speeds.
The ML-1430 can hold up to 150 legal-size sheets in its rearward input tray, with a 1-sheet manual tray in front for envelopes, transparencies, card stock, labels. For paper versatility the ML-1430 gives you two paper feed output options. A simple flip of a switch on the printer changes feed direction from vertical to the more traditional horizontal printing for heavier paper, envelopes, and transparencies.
As expected for a printer of this type, Samsung only installed a fixed 8MB RAM for the ML-1430. 8MB is fine for text printing, but large Adobe files and graphics will fill up the ML-1430’s memory and will slow printing. There is no PostScript or even the standard HP Printer Control Language (PCL) emulator. Instead Samsung uses a proprietary printer emulator. Most users won’t notice any changes in the way things print, unless they use a lot of advanced features of professional graphic or photo-editing software.
After about 3 years, ML-1430’s start developing a paper feed issue. Just like with the HP5L, the 2” pick-up roller band will either require cleaning or rotation. If you like to work on your own cars, getting to the roller shouldn’t be a problem. For those who don’t like to disassemble things, usually keeping the feed tray full seems to bypass the feeder problem.
Due to the age of this printer, software support for Macs is only available for OS System 8.6 to 9.x. If you still have the choice of running Classic on your OS X, the ML-1430 should be able to still run.
1000-sheet starter toner comes with printer is less than half the capacity of the 2,500 page standard cartridge. Unless you plan on going through two reams of paper in a week, the starter cartridge should last long enough while you order a regular yield toner.
The CD comes with basic printer drivers for the printer to run on Windows and Linux operating systems.
Samsung no longer offers OS X support for this printer, but you may be able to find other web sites with copies of the original drivers.
Where desk space is a premium, the ML-1430 utilizes innovative vertical printing for personal printing use. -- Mel Myers, HGIC