Setting Up the ML-2165w
One nice thing about single function monochrome laser printers is that they probably offer the quickest and easiet setup when it comes to printers. The ML-2165w is no exception. Unpack, prepare the toner cartridge, load paper and plug in.
Pop in the provided CD to install the software. If you decide to connect the ML-2165w over a wireless connection and have a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) router, simply press the WPS button on the printer for a few seconds. When the device is connected, the WPS LED light will stay lit. Otherwise, you can set up wireless connectivity via the provided USB cable.
Ease of Use
As an ultra compact single function laser printer, there aren’t many features found on the device itself other than the WPS button so you won’t be using the ML-2165w as a standalone device.
It also comes with minimal software, which for a basic entry level device should be seen as a good thing. No wasting the customer’s time with unnecessary software, just the basic Samsung Easy Print Manager. If you so choose, you can add Samsung’s Easy Color Manager and AnyWeb Print but you’ll have to install separately.
If you decided to set up the ML-2165w over a network, you’ll have access to the SyncThru Web Servive which gives users real time status reports, supplies information, usage counts, current settings, print information and maintenance information.
However, you can access all of the above information using the EasyPrint Manager or using the status monitor so no worries if you decide to set up the ML-2165w via a USB connection.
You can also adjust most of these same settings using the print properties/preferences menu found in your browser or word processor.
Print Speed and Quality
Samsung advertises the ML-2165w capable of print speeds up to 21 ppm and I found that was accurate based on our tests. The ML-2165 was extremely consistent on printing at a rate of 21 ppm; the only time it was slower was after coming from a deep sleep. The ML-2165w took about 10 seconds to start printing from the deep sleep mode but still managed to print 19 ppm before rebounding to 21 ppm in the second minute.
The print quality was good, and I’ve come to expect that from Samsung after reviewing several of their laser products. You’ll find solid black text with no fading or other flaws in normal mode. The text is only slightly lighter in toner saver mode but the prints were nearly identical, which is great because you can literally print in toner saver mode all the time.
The ML-2165w also offers manual duplexing for the environmentally conscious (or for jobs that just need to be printed double sided). Print speeds will vary because users will need to remove the first half of the job from the output bin, insert prints into the input bin and then press the ESP button to continue printing.