Samsung ML-1440 Laser Printer Review
After a few months
of using an inkjet printer you'll begin to realize just how expensive those refill
cartridges become. Sure the printer may be inexpensive, but add on ink cartridges for a year and things add
up quickly. While colour inkjet printers are still far less expensive than colour laser printers, when it comes to black and
white, laser printers have it made.
A 15 page per minute laser
printer like the Samsung ML-1440 retails for about $400CDN, with toner usually
running about $60-80 a cartridge.
The printer comes with a starter cartridge good for
about 2000 sheets so you won't have to pick up your first replacement for a
month, or several months depending on the amount of printing you do.
The ML-1440 is a
pseudo SOHO printer, and while it has the
boxy shape, and paper tray underfoot, it is more like a home printer
than true SOHO.
Given that the majority of its components are
constructed from plastic, the printer is best suited to small work groups or
individuals. Durability is something which immediately drew concerns from us as
the fold down manual paper trays were based on plastic components, not
metal. One dropped ream of
paper on the open tray could easily snap one of the supports for
the envelop tray for example.
Baring such potentially disastrous
accidents, the ML-1440 has a slew of features to grab the attention of someone looking
for a more office-like printer on a budget.
spits out black and white printing at 600x600 dpi, and at a rate of 15
pages per minute. Toner cartridges are rated at 6000 pages for 5% coverage.
The ML-1440 uses a 66 MHz RISC processor with 8 MB of fixed
memory. For the type of work this printer will be seeing, the 8MB
buffer should be sufficient.
The ML-1440 is a medium-sized printer
with a footprint on the desk of 35cm x 39.5cm x 24cm. It uses standard 120V AC weighs approx. 11
kg (24.3 lbs). From power off it takes about 40 seconds to warm up and be
ready for printing. The ML-1440 can be attached to the computer via parallel port or
USB 1.1 port, however, neither cables are included in the package which is somewhat