Print Quality and More
Printers generally have a hard time coming in on their specs, but the ML-1210 proved itself to be a 12 page per minute printer. Full pages of graphics, text and PDF files could not sway the ML-1210 from this mark.
Printer Test Patterns
The next set of tests revolve around the ZDnet printer test patterns.
Since we are looking at a mono Laser printer we will only be using two of the
three tests. Those of you who would like to test out your current printer can
go here for the files. Ideally the
.AI patterns should be used, but if you don't have the software the .pdf files
offer a good alternative. The test patterns are grouped into two sets, the first
measuring gradients and resolution, and the second letter quality at different
The ML-1210 passed all of the test
patterns. In some cases where extremely fine text was output (on the level of
4pt), there was some line loss. At such a small point size this is not uncommon.
Gadient patterns, and Bezier curves were reproduced excellently for its price
are one of the few computer peripherals which carry a continued cost of
ownership. Unlike scanners and speaker systems, printers require cartridges to regularly be replaced. The cost of toner divided by the number of pages (at 5%
coverage) printable per cartridge is call cost per page. Depending on the duty level of the laser printer,
the toner cartridge can be extremely expensive, or quite inexpensive. In almost all cases, mono
laser printers are less expensive to use than black and white ink jet printers.
They offer better resolution and non-water soluble printer ink.
With a modest speed of 12ppm this printer, the ML-1210 is
more than capable for personal or home use where printer requirements are
typically sporadic and light. The support for either parallel or USB connections
enables the ML-1210 to potentially be connected to a print server. The True
600dpi resolution and low cost of this printer put it within reach for most of
us, and the versatility is right for what many of us will need. All in all, it is a good quality
printer, not a high-end model, but one that provides very good value and
excellent print quality for the price.
13 x 13.0 x 9 inches
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT 4.0
Macintosh OS 8.0, Linux Redhat
IEEE1284 Parallel, USB
Keys, 3 LEDs
|150 Sheet Tray|
|Single Cartridge |
2,500 Pages at 5%
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