Samsung ML-2855ND review

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The printer people at Samsung certainly know how to put design thought into their products. Last month, the ML-1630W blew us away with its centrefold looks, and this month it’s the turn of the ML-2855ND.

Samsung ML-2855ND review

Admittedly, this one is less of a head-turner than its all-black sibling, but it still stands out as unusual among high-volume business printers with its muted grey colour scheme, subtly curved corners, and surprisingly compact dimensions.

Alas, elsewhere, the ML-2855ND fails to keep up appearances. The first problem is its capacity. We’d expect a total input capacity of more than 300 pages for this sort of money, especially when you consider its maximum monthly duty cycle of an impressive 50,000 pages.

But it isn’t here where the biggest problems occur. The major source of our concerns is its lacklustre speed – a 28ppm rating simply isn’t fast enough for a printer at this price. And in our tests it proved the slowest of the 28ppm lasers this month, outputting pages at an average rate of 25ppm. To put this performance into perspective, not only is it slower than all the printers in this month’s group, but also the majority from last month’s sub-£200 Labs.

The ML-2855ND’s output quality begins to redeem things a touch: this printer is capable of producing outstanding text with clean edges, deep blacks, well-formed characters at all point sizes, and very little satellite toner spattering.

Its photographic output isn’t bad, either: although there’s some horizontal banding, images pack a punch thanks to smooth dithering and crisp contrast. Graphics look good, too, with gradients reproduced in as smooth a manner as you could possibly wish.

But it’s back down to earth with a bump, unfortunately, when it comes to value for money. Although the features are up there with what we’d expect from a business laser – duplex, Ethernet and a good helping of memory (64MB) – the price of the unit is too high and the cost of consumables not as keen as we’d like either. All told, this Samsung is likeable but distinctly middle of the road. Even if running costs aren’t important to you, the Lexmark offers more for your money.

Printer language & OS Support

PCL level6
PostScript level3

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final1200 x 1200dpi
Rated/quoted print speed28PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionyes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page1.8p
Cost per A4 colour pageN/A


Monthly duty cycle50,000 pages
Drum lifeN/A
Fuser lifeN/A
Transfer-belt lifeN/A
Standard mono toner life2,000 pages
High-yield mono toner life5,000 pages
Standard colour toner lifeN/A
High-yield colour toner lifeN/A
Supplied mono toner life2,000 pages
Supplied colour toner lifeN/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level50.0dB(A)
Dimensions391 x 369 x 217mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption500W
Idle power consumption7W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured)27ppm
Colour print speedN/A

Media Handling

Input tray capacity250 sheets
Output tray capacity150 sheets


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

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 supportRed Hat, Fedora Core, Mandrake, SUSE

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