Samsung ML-1630W review

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The gloss-black finish popular with many consumer electronics manufacturers isn’t widespread in lasers, even in cheaper models aimed at home use. But Samsung’s ML-1630W proves that lasers don’t have to be boring.

Samsung ML-1630W review

Its low, flat profile and smooth surfaces are more Bang & OIufsen than office printer, and the blue, dot-matrix style display that glows into life when you print something looks fantastic. But it isn’t just in the looks department that this printer excels.

Output quality is excellent; only the Brother HL-5340D is better. Photos and graphics showed some banding, but text was crisp and blacks consistently inky and dark.

And in terms of features you get a lot for your money. As well as an Ethernet connection, you can print to the ML-1630W over wireless, which means if you don’t have it out on show you can stash it wherever you want.

Elsewhere, it isn’t so impressive. Paper handling is this printer’s weakest suit. The slim input tray is capable of holding only 100 sheets of A4, and there’s no multipurpose tray for feeding in alternative media. The output “tray” isn’t very good either, and printouts curl as they drop onto its narrow span.

It’s also the most expensive printer to run in this group – after 10,000 pages you’ll have spent a whopping £385 exc VAT on it – and in terms of speed it’s at the bottom of the class too, although 16ppm is fast enough for most home users’ needs.

For these reasons we can’t recommend the Samsung – it simply doesn’t stack up in the value for money and speed stakes – but its unique approach and wireless connectivity is sure to win it plenty of admirers.

Printer language & OS Support

PCL levelN/A
PostScript levelN/A

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final1200 x 600dpi
Rated/quoted print speed17PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionno

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page2.8p
Cost per A4 colour pageN/A


Monthly duty cycle5,000 pages
Drum lifeN/A
Fuser lifeN/A
Transfer-belt lifeN/A
Standard mono toner life2,000 pages
High-yield mono toner lifeN/A
Standard colour toner lifeN/A
High-yield colour toner lifeN/A
Supplied mono toner life1,000 pages
Supplied colour toner lifeN/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level45.0dB(A)
Dimensions332 x 375 x 121mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption400W
Idle power consumption8W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured)16ppm
Colour print speedN/A

Media Handling

Input tray capacity100 sheets
Output tray capacity30 sheets


USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?yes
Bluetooth connection?no
WiFi connection?yes
PictBridge port?no
Other connectionsNone

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported?no
Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported?no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported?no
Other operating system supportMac OS X 10.3-10.4

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