Samsung ML-2160 Review Part 1

Printers are essential for two things – printing reports and printing notes. It becomes an essential tool for every student who is currently in college or university. It is because more and more of our lecture material , tutorial questions are being posted online. Not to mention that printing them in your college/university could be a hassle – especially when everyone is using the library printer for instance – you will see people printing their assignments at the 11th hour or simply printing the entire stack of lecture notes , tutorial questions for the semester and not to mention that at times , the printer could broke down and most importantly – printing in university could be expensive

Now you may say that if there is only a way I could get the awesomeness of university printer for my personal use and which does not cost a bomb. Thankfully your prayers have been answered – SAMSUNG ML-2160 series printer. A printer that is easy on the wallet and the environment too – and not to mention that it’s a laser printer (similar to the ones used in your university for printing documents)

 

More after the jump

Specifications & Comparison with other Laser Printers 

Here are the official specification for SAMSUNG 2160 and SAMSUNG 2165W . The only difference is that 2165W supports 802.11/b/g/n (yes it supports 802.11n)  and 2160 has a one-touch button that allows you to print the content of the screen

ML-2165W

ML-2160

Design Colour

Cream White

Navy Grey

Speed (A4)

20ppm

20ppm

FPOT

Ready

Less than 8.5 sec

Less than 8.5 sec

Sleep

Less than 15 sec

Less than 15 sec

Processor

300MHz

300MHz

Emulation

SPL

SPL

Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0

802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Direct Certified

Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Special Feature

Print Screen

No

Yes

WPS

Yes

No

Paper Capacity

Input

150 sh. tray

150 sh. tray

Output

100 sh.

100 sh.

Duplex

Manual

Manual

Size (WDH mm)

331x215x178 mm

331x215x178 mm

Weight

4.0 kg (8.8 lb)

4.0 kg (8.8 lb)

Noise

50 dBA

50 dBA

Toner

1.5K (0.7K)

1.5K (0.7K)

Price & Availability

RM389

RM349

 

I would like to highlight few aspects of these printers. They all come with a toner pre-installed (that allows you to print up to 700 pages) and  the printer prints 20 pages per minute . The cost is RM 299 and RM 349 (for the wireless model) respectively . Now if you compare it with other laser printer models which I’ve listed below

Cycom PriceList (as of 23rd March 2012)
Cycom PriceList (as of 23rd March 2012)

You’ll certainty notice that SAMSUNG M-2160 is very well priced  compared to other printers such such as HP Mono LaserJet P1102 and Canon-LBP 6000 which does 18 and 14 pages per minute. On top of that the additional features such as Easy Eco Driver which helps  not only the environment , but also results in efficient use of the toner .Clearly for its price , it does give you a pretty good performance overall compared to other printers in the market with similar price range.

 

Specifications & Comparison with other Laser Printers 

Now a lot of you may have already own a printer – chances are it is an Inkjet printer. Inkjet printers are cheap and these days it is common to see that Inkjet printers are bundled together with scanners (thus making it as All-In-One device). Inkjet excels because its an all-rounder – you could print in colour , you could print documents. However there are few disadvantages to Inkjet printers. Firstly , Inkjet printers take a longer time to print documents as opposed to laser printers (lower-end inkjet printers could do around 12 pages per minute). Plus the costs of cartridges  can be overwhelming especially if you print documents often.

 

Now on the other hand laser printers do have faster print times compared to standard Inkjet printers and ongoing costs of laser is printer is generally cheaper. On top of that laser printers do have their own memory and processor compared to Inkjet printer. The reason being laser printers need to hold an entire image of each page in memory before printing. This is because once it feeds in a sheet, it is committed to sending that paper through at a set speed (if it stopped to wait for data, the temperature of the toner unit would burn the page) as opposed to Inkjet whereby Inkjet printers whereby data is fed line by line from the computer to the printer.

Of course each of the ink technology do have their pros and cons. However for printing black and white pages , laser printer still do have an upper hand compared to Inkjet printers because of the costs in the long run

 

Initial Impression

Lets take a look what do you get inside the box. Basically you get the printer , USB cable and power adapter , manual and installation disc.

 

The complete package
The complete package - (Printer , USB Cables , Power Cable (Malaysia) , Power Cable (USA) , Installation CD) - Mac Mini is not included

 

 

Upon a closer look of the toner , you notice that there is warning label that it can get very hot. It pretty much explains the point above which I’ve stated on Laser Printers. That’s why you need to have a memory and a processor for a laser printer compared to Inkjet printer

 

Yikes - Don't Touch Em
Yikes - Don't Touch Em . This sums up the reason why you need a processor and memory for a laser printer such as SAMSUNG ML-2160

 

 

The printer itself is small and it just fits about anywhere. For comparison purposes I am comparing it to my current Canon MP500 All In One Printer. Just take a look at the size of this SAMSUNG printer. Its small and it fits just about anywhere as opposed to my current printer

 

Just compare these two printers
Just compare these two printers - The MP500 is pretty huge printer compared to SAMSUNG ML-2160. Think of the SAMSUNG ML-210 as a Mini or SMART for 2.

 

Another shot would pretty much explain this.  The printer only takes up 1/4th of my previous printer space which is neat for students who are renting a place or with limited space and those who don’t have any place the printer. I can safely say that you can place the printer , your notebook and still have a place to study

 

The side comparison between MP500 and SAMSUNG ML-210
The side comparison between MP500 and SAMSUNG ML-2160

 

 

A closer look…

I have created a video which pretty much gives you an overall picture of this printer

Next Segment….

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Acknowledgements

I would like to say that its not a sponsored post by Samsung but more towards the printer  itself. The review can be negative or positive as they have spent out that each reviewers have their freedom of expression to express their thoughts. I would also like to thank SAMSUNG for providing me with the review unit

5 thoughts on “Samsung ML-2160 Review Part 1”

  1. Hi, i’m planning to buy samsung ML-2165w printer.
    what about the maintanance, i mean what is the cartridge price ?
    Is it costly to change the cartridge ?

  2. I needed to know what the difference between the ML-2165W and the ML-2160 and this came up in my search, so thanks for the blog post it was very useful.

  3. I have a question. Do you encounter problems with resuming a previous print job when you run out of paper? Somehow it seems to be in need of a new print job but you have to start from the page number you need instead of automatically resuming it. Hope you could share your experience with the ML-2165w.

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