Samsung's ML-3310ND is a network-ready A4 laser printer designed for small businesses or workgroups, and which counts ease of use, fast and quiet printing, and automatic duplex output among its features.
Available since February, the ML-3310 is a good choice as a printer to serve a small workgroup, or possibly a larger one if the optional second paper feeder is added. However, despite Samsung's claims of ease of use, setting up the printer for network use still requires someone who knows what they are doing, as do most network printers.
At 36.6 x 36.8 x 25.3cm, the ML-3310 is compact enough to sit on the end of a desk, and also light enough to be easily moved at 9.74kg. It has both Ethernet and USB interfaces, so it can be connected directly to a network for sharing, or just to a single PC. An optional adapter also adds a legacy parallel port connection. A cover at the right-hand side of the printer also allows the memory to be upgraded, if necessary.
In specifications, the printer is capable of quite a decent speed of up to 31 pages per minute, with a maximum print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200dpi. It has a monthly duty cycle of 50,000 sheets, which few buyers are likely to exceed, and can handle a variety of media including card stock as well as standard copier paper.
Our tests showed that the quoted print speed is pretty much what you can expect to see; the ML-3310 took just under a minute to churn out a 30 page word document, but it took 35 seconds from standby for the first page to appear. We also tested using a full-page graphic-heavy image, which took 17 seconds to output.
While the printer is capable of 1,200 x 1,200dpi, it defaults to 600dpi, which is perfectly adequate for normal use.
The printer is impressively quiet in operation, even while churning out pages, although we were obviously testing a brand new model and cannot say whether this might change as the printer ages.
As standard, the ML-3310 comes with a feeder in its base capable of holding up to 250 sheets of A4 paper. This capacity is fine for a small number of people, but for larger workgroups or for users who produce a lot of prints, a second 520-sheet feeder fits under the printer and costs an extra £212.86.
Meanwhile, a multi-purpose tray folds down from the front of the printer and holds a further 50 pages or allows for manual feed of envelopes. Printed output stacks up in a recess on top of the printer, which can hold up to 150 sheets.
Getting up and running is pretty easy for Windows users. Samsung supplies drivers on CD-ROM, but most users should just be able to use the Add Printer wizard from the Windows Control Panel. In our tests, this located our Ethernet-connected ML-3310 right away. We had to force Windows Update to refresh its driver list from the internet, but once this was done, the drivers were automatically installed.