Performance

March 18, 2013 by Sarah Meyer Reads (7,201)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 9
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

Setting up the ML-5512nd
For a high performance printer, the ML-5512nd was a breeze to set up. The quick install guide will take users through five illustrated steps: unpack, install toner, load paper, connect/turn on, and install the drivers.

The install wizard was quick with little human interaction necessary. You’ll need to confirm that the printer is connectioned and then print an optional test page. Then you are ready to print to the ML-5512nd.

Ease of Use
As a single function monochrome printer, you’ll find the ML-5512nd easy to navigate. It has a 4-line LCD for accessing the nine available menus: Information, Layout, Paper, Graphic, System Setup, Emulation, Network, Direct USB and Admin Setup.

The menu that was most helpful for day to day use was the Direct USB because you can configure the rest of the settings using software on your computer.

The Smart Panel software included is quite basic which is nice because if your work computer is anything like mine, you don’t need excess bloatware. It offers real time status info, a link for purchasing supplies, a link for the user’s guide and access to printer and driver settings. If you decide you want extra usability features, you can download the Samsung AnyWeb Print for free.

If you set up the ML-5512nd over a network (which is recommended for this high volume printer), you can access the SyncThru Web Service. SyncThru allows employees and admins alike to adjust most, if not all, the settings found in the control panel menus.

The one thing I didn’t love about the ML-5512nd’s default settings was that it is set to automatic duplexing. It’s easy enough to change and I love an eco-friendly printer, but I like the default set to single sided prints. Other than that, I had no real complaints when testing the ML-5512nd.

Print Speed and Quality

Samsung advertises that the ML-5512nd can print up to 55 ppm and I found those numbers to be accurate during our testing. During an average print test in normal mode, the ML-5512nd printed an average of 55 ppm with a first page out in 8 seconds from ready or light sleep.

If the ML-5512nd was in a deep sleep, you will have to wait 30 seconds or so for the printer to warm up. This will affect print speeds only slightly.

The ML-5512nd offers automatic duplexing (it’s the default setting) and print speeds slow down in this mode. During an average print test in normal mode, the ML-5512nd printed an average of 18 ppm (36 pages double sided) with a first page out in 10 seconds.

You’ll also be able to turn on toner saver mode for draft prints, etc. through the print properties menu or the control panel. As you can see below, you won’t see a huge difference in quality and zero difference in speed, but if you are printing in high volume, you could see some returns on investment in your toner cartridges.


ML-5512nd default print sample, left, ML-5512nd toner saver print sample, right

I had zero paper jams during my testing.


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