As a student, I frequently have to print notes, lectures, diagrams and various other documents to fill up my educational portfolio. I had an HP inkjet printer that served me so well for 10 years, however buying $35 cartridges became quite a chore. Since I wasn't too big on graphics and photo printing, laser seemed right up my alley. And being a student, cheap was right up my alley as well. Enter the Samsung ML-2010.
The Samsung ML-2010 is an entry-level laser printer for a budget consumer. However, the printer is no slouch at its job. Despite having a sub-$100 price, the printer provides very sharp black printing text at 1200x600 resolution. The pages come out warm (my favorite part) and the ink is crisp and never smudged or off-center, which I found to be a common feature that evolved on my old HP deskjet. For printing pages of notes for class, it chugs out 22ppm, which is almost as fast as a photocopier, which means never being late for class (or more snooze button pressing time).
It's quite small for a laser printer, with a footprint about a foot by a foot and a bit, when the paper tray is all folded up. The paper tray and exit port are retractable so you can open them when you need them and fold them away so you don't get any nasty surprises in the dark. The single tray can hold about 150 pages, which is by no means a lot, but it's sufficient to avoid constant fillups. The entire unit weighs just over 10 lbs, but shouldn't be an issue, unless you enjoy printing on the go or something.
This printer is loud. It really is. When you start it up, it makes a vacuum like noise to warm up, and makes the same noises during printing. For about 5 seconds at startup, til the last page is done, it will be loud. However, in standby mode, it is relatively quiet, about the same noise as a quiet computer. The retail box comes with a usb cable and a half full toner cart. It would have been nice to have a full toner cart, but for the price, you can't complain I guess. A toner is supposed to yield 3000 pages full, so half is plenty. There is also a toner save option when the toner gets low, but I haven't seen the quality difference yet to make any judgements. It's nice to have that option especially on a low-end printer like this one.
The Samsung ML-2010 is a compact laser printer that gets the job done (and really lets you know). For such a low price, it would be a great purchase for a small business or home that needs a solid printer without too much hassle. I wouldn't expect its network capability to be too robust given its price, so larger businesses should look elsewhere. For a student like me, however, the Samsung ML-2010 is music to my ears (and wallet).