Samsung's ML6100 is a laser printer that would sit well in any home, but is also capable enough to cope with most of the tasks in an office environment. In our tests it consistently produced 10 pages of text at five per cent coverage, making it ideal for this sort of use.
Solid blocks of black text were deep and well produced, with very even toner coverage. Curves and 45-degree diagonal lines were also well rendered, with smooth edges and no undesirable jagged rasterisation. This is important when it comes to printing large characters, and it paid off, as the interior edges of oversized letters were smooth and well rounded. At the same time, text in a type-size as small as two-point remained well defined and was clearly readable.
The ML6100 managed to print 13 shades of grey between five per cent and 100 per cent intensity to a standard at which the naked eye could detect differences between eight of the shades, which is not bad, although it could be better.
There was some evidence of toner cracking when we creased a printed area - so bear this in mind if you'll be folding letters for envelopes - and while we were impressed by its textual performance there was a lack of definition in images. Hair and grass were poorly rendered and rather than being characterised by clear dark/light contrasts they had an overall grey appearance.
The ML6100 has excellent paper-handling abilities. We passed the same sheet through twice and on each occasion printed the same test pattern.
By the end of the second run the two were an almost perfect match - an impressive feat for any printer.
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