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February 2010

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New printer.

I've decided to get a new printer. It will be a laser printer.

There are basically three models that I'm currently deciding between:
  1. Samsung ML-2550
  2. Samsung ML-2152W
  3. Samsung ML-2151N

Here's a summary of the features for each:

Samsung ML-2550:

CPU: 266 MHz PowerPC
RAM: 32MB (expandable to 160MB)
Connectivity: Parallel, USB2
Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Features: PostScript 3, PCL6, built in duplexing
Duty Cycle: Up to 100,000 pages/month
Toner Cartridge coverage: 10,000 pages (approximately)
Best Toner Cartridge price: $125
Best price: $230

Samsung ML-2152W:

CPU: 166 MHz RISC
RAM: 16MB (expandable to 144MB)
Connectivity: Parallel, USB2, 10/100 BaseTX, 802.11b WiFi
Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Features: PostScript 3†, PCL6, built in duplexing
Duty Cycle: Up to 100,000 pages/month
Toner Cartridge coverage: 8,000 pages (approximately)
Best Toner Cartridge price: $105
Best price: $335

† I think this supports PostScript, but I haven't been able to verify it 100%, and Samsung's online docs are contradictory.

Samsung ML-2151N:

CPU: 166 MHz RISC
RAM: 16MB (expandable to 144MB)
Connectivity: Parallel, USB, 10/100 BaseTX
Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Features: PostScript 3, PCL6, built in duplexing
Duty Cycle: Up to 100,000 pages/month
Toner Cartridge coverage: 8,000 pages (approximately)
Best Toner Cartridge price: $105
Best price: $340

My take on it is that the ML-2151N and ML-2152W are basically the same base model printer, but with different options. Primarily, the ML-2152W includes wireless networking.

The ML-2550 seems to be a slightly "higher end" printer (better CPU, more RAM, PostScript standard), but is the "base" model, without the extras (no NIC, no WiFi).

Right now, I'm very strongly leaning towards the first one, the ML-2550. I was looking more towards the ML-2152W, but then I found that amazing price on the ML-2550. When it was a difference of $20, it was a close call. When it's a difference of $100. . . not so close. ;-)

I wouldn't mind having built in network capabilities on the printer, but it's not a necessity. It's not that hard to hook it up to my linux server and share it via Samba. And I'm actually kind of mixed on the WiFi. . . while it'd be a rather nifty feature, I can't help but wondering at how difficult it'd be to "lock it down", so I wasn't getting random drive-by printings.

I'm probably going to order the ML-2550 tomorrow, unless I find some really good reason that I shouldn't.

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