The Samsung ML-1865W is a compact and inexpensive black-and-white laser printer with wireless connectivity

Laser printers may have fallen considerably in price in recent years, but their size certainly isn’t something that’s seen dramatic reductions. The Samsung ML-1865W, though, is rather different.

Indeed, looking more like a miniature inkjet printer, the Samsung ML-1865W is one of the most compact printers we've seen yet. Combine this with its polished black casing, and it’s likely to prove something of a curiosity.

The design is practical too, though. The paper (loaded into the base of the Samsung ML-1865W) may not be hidden away in the manner of the typical laser, but the input and output paper trays are flexible enough that they can be holding the media firmly one second, and be tidily tucked away the next.

There’re no flimsy inkjet-style feeds here, and the 150 sheets supported make this Samsung ML-1865W printer slightly more powerful than you might expect, given its diminutive size.

The Samsung ML-1865W isn’t exactly over-adorned with buttons – there are, in fact, just two. One of these is a neat switch that tilts the printer into power-saving mode, only to come back to life instantly when called upon.

The other button is there for WPS (WiFi Protected Setup). This can almost instantly hook up the Samsung ML-1865W with a nearby wireless network (provided, that is, that the latter’s router also has such a function). Wireless networks are still often seen as an optional extra, so it’s nice to see the Samsung ML-1865W offering support for this most convenient form of connectivity.

The AnyWeb Print software is another good little inclusion, offering an effective way of bringing together content from miscellaneous web pages.

The Samsung ML-1865W doesn’t struggle for speed. In testing, it churned out pages of text at the rate of 15.4 pages per minute (14.6ppm in the highest quality mode).

This compares very favourably with the manufacturer’s quoted figure of 18ppm. Once the pages have been out of the printer for a few minutes, the quality of the output is quite pleasing. Text isn’t perfectly formed, nor is it the darkest we’ve seen, but the overall effect is extremely balanced.

It’s a shame there’s no auto-duplex mode, although you can’t expect everything on a sub-£100 model.

Samsung has really been working on the quality of the graphics output on its mono models, and the Samsung ML-1865W is another model that has a surprisingly varied selection of shades when working in greyscale mode.

Performance is very good too, turning out pages at the rate of 12.1ppm in the standard mode, and 11.4ppm at the highest quality.

The Samsung ML-1865W isn’t the cheapest printer to run, and its consumable costs give an overall figure of exactly three pence for a page of mono.

While a number of colour models can get this down to 2-2.5p a page, mono devices (like May 2011’s Samsung SCX-3205) tend to come in at around 3p, so the ML-1865W is far from unusual.

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Samsung ML-1865W: Specs

  • Monochrome laser printer
  • 1200x1200dpi print resolution
  • quoted print speed B=18ppm
  • actual print speed B=15.4ppm
  • toner costs B=£45
  • print life (pages) B=1500
  • USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n
  • 150 sheet input tray
  • 341 x 224 x 184mm
  • 4.2kg
  • Monochrome laser printer
  • 1200x1200dpi print resolution
  • quoted print speed B=18ppm
  • actual print speed B=15.4ppm
  • toner costs B=£45
  • print life (pages) B=1500
  • USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n
  • 150 sheet input tray
  • 341 x 224 x 184mm
  • 4.2kg

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung ML-1865W’s size makes it extremely cute, and its compact dimensions will prove genuinely useful for those wishing to save desk space. That it also offers Wi-Fi connectivity and decent performance, while costing less than £100, makes it a very good prospect. We’d prefer to see lower running costs of around 2.5p, but in most respects the ML-1865W ranks as an excellent buy.

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