Samsung Xpress M2070W
This might be last time that we'll discuss a printer from Samsung, as the printer division of the manufacturer was acquired last year by HP. The company has managed to gain a lot of ground in the market the last couple of years, especially in the area of colour laser printers. The models offered a fairly large feature set for an attractive price. That's why it's quite a shame that the Koreans are leaving the printer market. The Samsung printer is by far the cheapest printer in this test field, at 113 pounds.
The Samsung Xpress M2070W has an attractive design; an advantage of this model is that the buttons have extremely clear symbols on them. This makes using the device a breeze. However this device turned out to be less easy to use in practice than we'd expected. Connecting the printer on a wireless network was quite a task. We first tried to do this using the interface of the printer, however this was basically impossible. The easiest way to do so, is by connecting the printer to a computer using the USB connection and to then configure it using the Samsung management software. This software is also not the most user-friendly one out there. A wired connection is not present on this printer and given the difficulty of connecting the device, it's sorely missed.
The cartridge of the Samsung printer has a capacity of only 1000 prints, which is much less than the Canon and Brother printers, which offer respectively 2400 and 2600 prints. The print speed of the Samsung is also quite disappointing. A single print takes up more than 11 seconds, which makes it much slower than the Canon printer. This is quite remarkable, as the Samsung printer has a royal amount of memory at 128 MB. It could be that the processor that Samsung has used is not the fastest one out there. The low capacity of the cartridge also makes the prints of the Samsung printer quite expensive. They cost about 3.7 pence per print, which is a lot for a laser printer. If we purely look at the price, the cartridges seem quite cheap, however their capacity is also quite low. If you look at the price per print, you'll find out that they're not so cheap after all.