Removing the Samsung ML-1865W from its box causes a moment of quiet reflection – remember when wireless laser printers were the size of photocopiers? The 1865 is tiny (341 x 224 x 184mm). We’re talking pretty-much-inkjet size. And it all folds away into a neat little box. AND it looks nice. So what else is good?
The printer’s not just small in size – it’s small on noise. Samsung state that it’s quieter “than the gentle hum of a running refrigerator” while printing – just under 50dBA. We can concur, albeit we didn’t pitch it head-to-head in our kitchen. It’s quiet though, eerily quiet.
The quality, 1200 x 1200, is impressive – as is the print time, a huge 18 pages per minute. It’s also pretty quick from the off – it takes about nine seconds to start printing from cold. In fact, the 1865 is a bit of a speed demon all-round – it loads from eco-off to print-ready promptly, with the “On” button right on the front of the device.
Here’s a video review from Micro Center
Another useful button is One Touch. One touch of this button lets you print the contents of your screen quickly and easily – even when you’re away from your desk. Hold down the button for two seconds (One Touch and hold?) and the printer will work out your last activated window and print that – be it a website, email, document, picture – anything with a print function. Cool.
Set-up is a breeze – especially if your router supports WPS (Wifi protected set-up). You simply select the WPS option on your router, and then press the WPS button on the printer and you’re done.
If you don’t have WPS, you have to hook it up to your PC with a USB to set the Wi-fi settings. You only have to do this once, but it’s a little annoying. We’d much prefer a complete solution that involved no cables at all – then you could easily lend your printer to less technology practiced relatives. Once WPS gets more widespread we’ll be okay.
If you’re only interested in mono printing, the Samsung ML-1865W is wonderful. It’s small, quick and wireless – so you can tuck it away when not in use. It’s also cheap, too – around £75.