We wouldn’t say the mono laser printer Samsung ML-2545 looks fantastically expensive, but its crisp cream exterior and delicate curves hint at an asking price tending towards three rather than two figures.
A closer look reveals some of the Samsung ML-2545’s shortcomings. The 250-sheet input tray is well built and easy to load, but the 80-sheet output tray lacks depth. The output tray doubles up as a dust cover, and this folds over to protect the Samsung ML-2545’s innards.
It’s a neat and compact system, but the flimsy nature of the output tray means you’ll want to keep an eye on any sizeable print jobs to prevent the pages from falling to the floor.
An additional single-page paper feed is provided, and this is quite a convenient way of allowing you to print off at two different paper sizes without having to change the settings on the Samsung or your PC.
The control pane of the Samsung ML-2545l is clean and simple. Two status lights are accompanied by buttons for activating the power and for cancelling jobs. A third control lends access to the proprietary Screen Print function. Seen on many previous Samsung models, this lets you quickly print whatever’s displayed on the screen.
In truth, this facility is unlikely to be a deal-breaker. However, it’s nice to have a fast and easy means of capturing a quick record of your activity, and we can imagine some users finding this occasionally useful.
Unsurprisingly, given the price tag, the Samsung ML-2545 isn’t endowed with many features. Auto duplexing is conspicuous by its absence – in reality though, when implemented on sub-£100 printers, this feature tends to be too slow to appeal to all but the truly patient; its absence does mean that paper-saving double-sided printing is not easy.
Connectivity amounts to a solitary USB 2.0 port – you don’t get any network facilities, wired or wireless. The software bundle is quite pleasing, though, and includes Samsung’s intuitive Easy Printer Manager and an AnyWeb Print package for Windows and Mac – a quirky but intriguing application that allows you to store useful snippets from the web in one central place.
The printer drivers are universal, and while this tends not to be as useful in printing as it is in, for example, graphics cards, we nevertheless applaud anything that could make it easier to setup printers.
Samsung ML-2545: Performance
We were very impressed with the Samsung ML-2545 when it came to the all-important function of printing. Text was pumped out at a relatively brisk 19.4 pages per minute. That’s esentially as fast as the Brother HL-2130’s 20ppm. Text is dark and cleanly defined. Even at small font sizes, we found output to be relatively clear and precise given the price tag.
Mono lasers really aren’t intended to be graphics printers, but the ML-2545 makes a reasonable job of photos. Its range runs slightly thin at the darker end of the spectrum, but it’ll prove more than adequate for hard copies of presentations.
The Samsung ML-2545 is one of the cheapest mono lasers at this price point. While more expensive models may offer better value for money than the Samsung ML-2545’s 2.4p a page, this figure remains competitive for a sub-£100 budget model.