ML-2510. Next, you wanted a compact, affordable laser printer with more memory and better resolution; Samsung came up with the ML-2570. Now while it’s nice that a network option is available, you want a compact, affordable, laser printer with more memory, better resolution, and a built-in network. Samsung said, “You want it, you got it.” Like the ML-2570, the Samsung ML-2571N offers higher resolutions for sharper B&W prints, more print memory, decent paper capacity, and a compact size. But this printer has network capability built right in, ready for group use in an office or a classroom.
This monochrome laser (that’s what the “ML” in ML-2571N stands for), occupies an area just over one square foot on your desk or shelf.
This laser can accept a range of paper weights from 16 to 43# for both paper trays, giving its owner a wider range of paper choices than some other printer brands would allow. However, for manual 2-sided printing (you’re flipping the paper over yourself) use 20-24# weight paper to save yourself some grief.
When you flip open the door on the front of the ML-2571N, it reveals the 250-sheet paper tray. The single-sheet manual feeder is above the main paper tray, for printing labels, cards, and transparencies (and make sure to use transparencies that are “laser printer safe”). The main tray can handle a variety of sizes: from postcard (3” x 5”) to legal (8 ½” x 11”). The ML-2571N’s larger paper and toner capacity makes it ideal for people who rely on printing throughout the day or an office having multiple computers sharing a single printer.
For such an affordable laser printer, the ML-2571N prints extremely fast. After the initial warm-up time, letter-size paper prints at 25 pages per minute, making this one of the fastest of the ML 2000 series.
Having a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, the ML-2571N is great for printing text and B&W photos. The Toner Save feature, only available in it’s 600 x 600 dpi resolution, still produces printouts that are clear and readable.
For small-press desktop publishers using Wintel machines, Samsung’s software CD gives advanced printing features, like booklet printing and large-format poster creation. Sorry Mac and Linux users-- you’ll have to find those features in whatever publishing software you are using to get the same results.
As your business grows, the ML-2571N will still be able to meet your print needs. With 32MB of non-expandable RAM, the ML-2571N can handle larger print jobs and multiple jobs (if shared or networked with an optional adapter). Understanding the printing needs of today’s businesses and the software applications and suites they often use, Samsung has installed PostScript and PCL6 emulators, as well as their proprietary SPL.
It’s nice that Samsung recognizes there are other operating systems than the one from Redmond. Samsung provides software support for the “Big 3” (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux). Now you don’t have to be chained to one operating system just because your printer can only support one.
Decisions, decisions. With the choice of Parallel, USB, or Ethernet connectivity, no matter how old or new your computer is, the ML-2571N can print from it. The 32MB RAM allows this little laser printer to easily handle being a network printer for an office or a classroom.
This is not so much a problem with the printer, just with the printer’s users. One disadvantage to the ML-2571N’s smaller size is many people think it can be wedged anywhere without regard to its ventilation needs. To keep from cooking its internal parts and to prolong the printer’s life I would recommend (1) don’t put the printer where the air-vents are going to be blocked (leave 3” - 4” clearance), and (2) turn the printer off at the end of the day. (Remember what your mother would tell you about turning the lights off when you leave a room?)
In start-up, wake-up, and in operation, the ML-2571N produces 53 dB of sound, and 35dB of noise in standby. Think of 53 decibels as the sound of low conversations and 30 decibels as a quiet office. While 53 decibels may not be loud, it is if the printer is sitting next to you chugging off 50 pages.
The ML-2571N has a 25 second wake-up delay, with a 9s delay between print jobs. A long delay when you turn on the printer in the morning isn’t a big issue, but the ML-2571N goes automatically into a power-saving sleep mode when it’s inactive. Add all this up and the 25 ppm speed boost is lost with all the delays.
INK / TONER NEEDS:
A big disappointment is the ML-2571N ships with a toner cartridge that’s only 1/3 full. This so-called “starter cartridge” prints about 1000 pages, or 2 reams of paper. So it might be a good idea to go ahead and buy the full yield toner the same time you buy the printer, especially if this is going to be a networked printer.
The ML-2571N will use the same toner cartridge as the ML-2010, with a standard yield of about 3,000 pages, or six reams of paper.
The Samsung does not offer a high-capacity toner for the ML-2571N.
The ML-2571N has one of the better software packages. Not only does it have the basic printing properties for Mac and Linux systems, but for Windows users there’s also an advanced printing section that allows for booklet printing, creating a large poster mosaics, and watermarks.
For a classroom or business that needs a decent network printer without breaking their budget, the Samsung ML-2571N can be a good investment. -- Mel Myers