Samsung ML-2851ND first look

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We’ve got a hands-on look at the popular Samsung ML-2851ND monochrome single function laser printer.  Check back next week for a full review!


  • Print speeds: up to 30 ppm in letter, 28 ppm in A4
  • First page out: less than 8.5 seconds
  • Print resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Paper trays: 250-sheet cassette, 1-sheet multi-purpose
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 30,000 pages
  • Built-in duplexing
  • 400 MHz processor
  • 32 MB memory (expandable)
  • Network ready: Ethernet 10/100 Base TX
  • Energy Star compliant


Samsung claims the ML-2851ND is “the world’s smallest duplex built-in mono laser printer” right on the front of the printer.  While I won’t stake my name to that claim, the ML-2851ND is compact and light weighing in at 26.2 lbs.  With its dimensions – 14.3 x 14.5 x 8.3 inches – this device is truly a desktop printer.

The design is sort of plain but I wouldn’t mind having it in view; in fact I like the dark gray top and black control panel.  It is sort of a stretch calling the one button and two lights a control panel but you can be the judge.

Since the ML-2851ND is a monochrome laser, installation is fairly simple.  It comes with one large black toner cartridge that is well labeled and easy to load.  Access the inside by pulling down the front panel on either side of the device.

There are two paper trays on the ML-2851ND.  The first – a one sheet multi-purpose tray- can be opened by pushing lightly above the Samsung logo on the front of the printer.

The 250-sheet cassette is below the one sheet tray and it slides open.  There are two adjustable paper clasps on both trays for different sized media and the cassette has a paper meter on the outside of the drawer.

There isn’t much going on either side of the machine other than heat vents.  There is access to the expandable memory card on the right side and the power button on the left side.

The Ethernet and USB port are located on the back of the ML-2851ND along with a connection for an additional 250-sheet cassette upgrade.  You can also find the power plug on the back of the printer.

The Samsung ML-2851ND is available now at a number of vendors accessible through Samsung’s website.

UPDATE: Read our full review online now!



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