Samsung ML-1630W review

Stylish and sleek, but not the most practical printer

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Our Verdict

It would appear that too much attention has been paid to this printer's looks than functions

For

  • Sleek design
  • Good set of features

Against

  • Sluggish print speeds
  • Networking is too fiddly to set up

Samsung has worked hard on the styling of the ML-1630W to come up with a laser printer that is unlike any printer you have ever seen before.

In appearance it is a pair of shiny black slabs stacked one on the other and the result is very striking, although we think Samsung is pushing things when it claims the styling is based on the looks of a Steinway piano.

As part of the look and feel, the ML-1630W does away with the usual control buttons and relies on touch-sensitive controls that are part of the shiny surface of the printer.

To add to the quirky nature of the Samsung, there is an array of blue LEDs to alert you to the activities of the printer.

Slow printer

The slimline looks are helped by a paper tray that holds no more than 100 sheets of paper, while the clip-on clear plastic output tray only holds 30 sheets, which appears to be a triumph of form over function.

The top of the printer lifts up on a support to reveal the ML-D1630A toner cartridge, which has a 2000-page life and sells for £55 (inc. VAT) to give a rather steep 2.8p cost per page.

Internally the 150MHz Samsung processor and 8MB of memory hint at a relatively feeble engine and this is indeed a slow printer. The 47-second time to print 10 pages works out to a speed of 13ppm, which is surprisingly close to Samsung's claimed speed of 16ppm.

Networking setup

This is a very quiet printer with a noise level of 45dBA, but it also has a surprisingly long list of features. In addition to the USB 2.0 port, there is 10/100 Ethernet (cable supplied) and 802.11b/g wireless, which sounds ideal if you're printing from a laptop.

The problem is that setting up the Samsung is appallingly complex and requires you to manually enter an IP address for the printer, along with your MAC address and encryption details.

This renders the wireless effectively useless, unless you enjoy network engineering and we cannot count ourselves in that group.

Overall, the ML-1630W a great-looking printer, but Samsung's software makes it a little too fiddly to be truly practical.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLaser Printer
Green CompliantYes
EthernetYes
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)17
Product FamilyML
Maximum Print Resolution1200 x 600 dpi
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourMonochrome
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, Letter, Executive, B5 (JIS), B5
Duty Cycle5000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height121.4 mm
Width332 mm
Depth375.4 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Thin Paper, OHP Film, Label, Recycled Paper, Thick Stock, Bond Paper, Card Stock
Product SeriesML
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelML-1630W
Product NameML-1630W Laser Printer
Manufacturer Part NumberML-1630W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Imagine a printer thats small, sleek and silent. The SAMSUNG ML-1630W wireless laser printer is half the size of its nearest competitor, its the smallest laser printer in the world. Its piano black finish, buttonless controls and blue LEDs make it the sleekest printer to ever grace a desk. At just 45 dBA, its the quietest laser MFP in existence. And the ML-1630W has fast Ethernet and wireless 802.11b/g built in, so its ready to work anywhere in your home or office. With the ML-1630W wireless laser printer, its not hard to imagine.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Standard Memory8 MB
Weight (Approximate)6.40 kg