The Samsung ML-1520 aims to be an affordable and compact solution for buyers who want the benefits of a laser printer without the extra cost or the extra bulk. It is impressively small without sacrificing important features like paper capacity and print speed. Its price is within reach of most small budgets, and the low price of Samsung ML-1520 toner will make printer toner costs less of a concern. If you need a faster printer, the Samsung ML-2510 toner
printer should be evaluated.
Print speed is very fast for the price, at up to 12 pages per minute. While many inkjet models promise fast speeds, few deliver in a reliable way like the ML-1520. Its 250-sheet paper capacity is larger than expected for its small design, and it should be roomy enough to keep most home and small office users from having to replenish often. There is also a single sheet manual slot for loading thicker media or envelopes.
Print quality is very good as well. Text is sharp and detailed thanks to the high-quality 600 dpi printing engine, and even graphics are better than expected. While many inkjet models can print at a resolution of 1200 dpi, they often don't have the sharpness or clarity of a true laser model, and it is a good reason to upgrade.
The only major downside is that the machine comes with a starter Samsung ML-1520 toner cartridge instead of the full-capacity laser toner
that users will buy as replacements. This means the user must buy Samsung ML-1520 toner earlier than they might expect, and this is somewhat disappointing. Using full-capacity Samsung ML-1520 toner cartridges, however, gives a very low cost per page that saves money over many competing models.
For the home or small office buyer that wants to upgrade to the speed and quality of a monochrome printer but is concerned about it taking up too much space, the Samsung ML-1520 provides a great solution.