- Cannot take legal-size or thick stock, low-capacity input tray
The very stylish Samsung ML-1630 flouts the monochrome laser printer's reputation for dull efficiency. It's a decent machine whose low-capacity input tray and pricey toner restrict it to individuals or small offices that wouldn't mind sacrificing some usefulness for style.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
Samsung's ML-1630 is a personal monochrome laser that looks more like a concrete slab -- and has an idiosyncratic personality. It's not very practical, but it is, at least, inexpensive, and adequate for light office or home use.
Samsung's ML-1630 monochrome laser printer looks like two glossy-black slabs, one hovering over the other. Most of the printer is contained within the thicker, lower slab. The only nod to necessity is a clear plastic tongue that inserts into the front to catch pages as they print. The Samsung ML-1630's input tray is low-capacity (just 100 sheets), takes letter-size paper only, and is well hidden in the bottom of the printer; a front button pushes it open. The thinner, upper slab conceals the consumables, but the latch you need to open it is concealed underneath the slab's lip, near the output rollers -- not a place into which we would normally want to stick our fingers. There's no secondary input for thicker types of stock, such as envelopes or cards, so you can't use most such items with this printer.
You'll find what passes for a control panel on the Samsung ML-1630's top slab: a ticker-tape-like grid of LEDs that flash words or graphic patterns; a smattering of error icons that light up as needed; plus a couple of illuminated, touch-sensitive icons for cancelling jobs or turning off the aforementioned items (but not the printer, as you might assume; that button's in the back).
To supplement this Times-Square-like light show, an icon of the printer, installed in Windows' system tray, brings up on-screen status alerts in plain English and includes buttons that lead to helpful, context-sensitive troubleshooting guides; driver settings; or online supply ordering. The Samsung ML-1630's PDF-based User's Guide is helpful and detailed, though it suffers sporadically from bad translation.
Can this thing print? Yes. Text pages appeared at an average rate of 17.2 pages per minute (ppm), while photos topped out at a reasonable 6.2ppm -- good clips for a home or small-office model, though the HP LaserJet P1505, which has the same price, was significantly faster on both counts. The Samsung ML-1630's text samples we printed looked delicate, but black and precise. Photos tended to come out dark and showed slight banding, but were satisfactory.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 3 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 4 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
- 5 Parrot Mambo Drone review
Latest News Articles
- How 4D printing is now saving lives
- 3D printing industry to triple in four years to $21B
- Disney files patent for near instantaneous 3D printing
- Never run out of printer ink with HP Instant Ink
- HP to launch 3D printers this year
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCMainframe Developer (with ASP.NET)NSW
- FTSenior Infrastructure Project ManagerNSW
- CCPerformance Test AnalystQLD
- FTBusiness Systems Analyst/Salesforce Developer APEXNSW
- CCTechnical Change Manager- Electrical Network EngineeringSA
- FTOracle IDM R1/R2 Implementation SpecialistNSW
- CCSenior Windows Automation Specialist (Integration)VIC
- FTChange ManagerNSW
- CCUX DesignerNSW
- CCService Desk Consultant - Must have baseline or NV1 clearanceNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst ( Finance/Banking)QLD
- CCSenior UX/UI DesignerNSW
- CCiOS Developer - 6 Month ContractNSW
- CCSenior Front End DeveloperOther
- FTProject Delivery Manager | PortfolioQLD
- FTSystems Engineer - Managed Service ProviderNSW
- CCSAP HR/Payroll Training Manager / Instructional DesignerNSW
- FTLinux Unix AdministratorNSW
- FTSenior Network EngineerSA
- FTProject Manager - Community Transport SolutionsNSW
- FTSAP Service Delivery ManagerACT
- FTSoftware Sales & BDMNSW
- CCProject Manager DW BINSW
- CCUAT TesterQLD
- FTProgram ManagerQLD