Samsung ML-1665 review
Stylish and reasonably priced, but a touch expensive to run
Review Date: 30 Nov 2010
Reviewed By: Luke Sampson
Price when reviewed: £60 (£71 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Samsung boldly claims to have made the world's smallest monochrome laser printer with its ML-1665, and we wouldn't quibble. It's the most compact we've come across (with the input and output trays folded away) and certainly won't take up much room on your desk, measuring just 341 x 224 x 184mm (WDH).
The overall design is pleasingly stylish as well - all soft curves and gloss-black plastic, with only two buttons and two power lights to blemish the finish, and a single USB port for connecting it to your PC. There's no room in the budget for anything as fancy as an Ethernet port or wireless.
Overall print quality in our technical tests was good, but with some flaws. Text, as you'd expect of any laser, looked clear and sharp, even when printed on a grey background, but image quality wasn't up to the same standard. Despite the 1,200 x 600dpi resolution, photos exhibited a noticeable dithering pattern, regardless of the settings we used, and some banding was evident too.
Speed, meanwhile, although just shy of the advertised 16ppm, wasn't far off at 15ppm across most of our printing tests. That's about as much as you need from a small desktop laser printer.
Where the ML-1665 falls down a little is in running costs. There's a 700-page starter cartridge in the box, and standard 1,500-page cartridges retail for £38 (£44 inc VAT) each thereafter, which means it costs just below 2.9p per A4 page. While this isn't particularly pricey, its stablemate - the Samsung ML-2525 - is cheaper to run. Compounding this, there's no high-yield cartridge option and no ink-saving draft print option either.
The ML-1665 is a competent laser for low-volume use. It isn't overly expensive and takes up very little room, but if you plan to print a lot, we'd clear some desk space and opt for its bigger brother instead. For around £15 more, the ML-2525 offers a similar print and build quality with faster speeds and a more economical price per page.
Author: Luke Sampson
- Child abuse showdown "hijacked by ignorant MPs"
- Government wheedles more funding for online child protection from ISPs
- AMD’s "Seattle" ARM chips set for 2014 release
- Microsoft offloads cheap Surface RT tablets to schools
- Outlook.com to ditch linked accounts over security fears
- Adobe’s subscription-only Creative Cloud goes live
- Skype rolls out free video voicemail
- Spotify confirms UK outage
- Google builds system to identify child abuse images
- Google balloons beam broadband to remote areas
- Huawei Ascend P6 review: first look
- Adobe Illustrator CC review: first look
- Let MPs tell us what they really want ISPs to block
- Adobe Photoshop CC review: first look
- WWDC 2013 and iOS 7 launch: live blog
- Sony VAIO Pro review: first look
- Want child porn blocked? Meet the IWF
- Is it worth upgrading a media centre to Windows 8?
- Flickr redesign: is it enough to tempt photographers back?
- Hands on with the new Google Maps
- Manage a mailing list with MailChimp
- Best Linux distros for 2013
- 36 best Android apps
- How to track a stolen phone, laptop or tablet
- The man who teaches the world to Google
- 38 best iPad apps
- Moving PC made easy
- 35 best web apps
- Software subscriptions return us to a life of servitude
- Dropbox: everything you need to know
- Facebook "click on the photo" scams: how they work
- Three alternatives to Word's spelling and grammar checker
- Google two-step verification: a must for business email
- Microsoft Office and the death of upgrades
- The ICO's shame-faced u-turn on cookies
- Start8 and ModernMix: making Windows 8 work on a desktop
- How to boost your mobile reception
- How to fix Facebook: Social Fixer
- Taking the stress out of WordPress updates
- Where to download free web fonts
There are dozens of exciting prizes up for grabs on PC Pro Competitions. All our competitions are free to enter. Try your luck.ENTER NOW