Printer Review: taming the Samsung ML-3310ND

What we like about Samsungs is that once you get them going, they bash out the paper in no nonsense style for years. The best printer I ever head was one of Samsung's monochrome standalone desktop lasers. It was the printer that refused to die, no matter now much work I threw at it. It never snarled

What we like about Samsungs is that once you get them going, they bash out the paper in no nonsense style for years.

The best printer I ever head was one of Samsung's monochrome standalone desktop lasers. It was the printer that refused to die, no matter now much work I threw at it. It never snarled the paper and the toner seemed to last for ever.

The fact that it never ever wasted paper or toner made it the greenest printer I ever used. I just wish I could remember its name.

So, Samsung might not be good at catchy names, and Lexmark might be better at other things (see upcoming MFP reviews) but once you get the hideous grey box installed, there's nothing more reliable than a Samsung machine.

They are magnificent beasts; they have incredible power and stamina and seem to go through their exercises with the greatest economy of effort.

But these mustangs of the printer world have to be tamed. Few of us are good at this and you need specialist skills to train a Samsung.

That, in a nutshell, is the only reservation I might have about the Samsung ML-3310ND. Once it's working it is a brilliant machine for a small workgroup that needs to bash out A4 pages quickly. A solicitors office, perhaps, or maybe a new boat company wishing to print up hundreds of leaflets quickly for a flyer campaign for the new range of Gemini RIBs.

These are the sorts of workgroups where is unlikely to be an IT expert on hand and they want something that's user friendly that can be set up quickly.

Being a Samsung machine, the Samsung ML-3310ND is certainly reliable. It's quick, quiet and eco-friendly.

But is it user friendly? Well, its eco and duplex modes are easy enough to set up. But what about the network printing aspect of it?

The network configuration side of it isn't all that straightforward at all, we're afraid. It doesn't configure on the default settings, which is fatal for the majority of us.

Samsung really should think outside the box, here, because the things that might seem trivial to them ("Oh, you simply force a Windows update to refresh a driver list from the Internet") aren't the sort of thoughts that occur to us when we're tearing our hair out and shouting at each other because the bloody printer won't work.

Still, once it's working, it's unbeatable...

Price: £200

Spec: 31 pages per minute

Maximum print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200dpi

Monthly duty cycle of 50,000 sheets

Time to set up: too long for my liking

Verdict: Well worth £200. As long as you're reasonably techie. Which most of us aren't.

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I have a problem getting my printer to work with Windows 8
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The network only works when it wants on a Mac. And there is no recognizable pattern to solve the issue: the printer can be seen on the network, but refuses to print. So, do not consider it a network printer, and don't pay as if it was.
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