Review: Samsung ML-3710 ND

Our score: 4/5
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April 13, 2011 1:24 PM
Published: April 12, 2011 11:00 PM
By Marine Goy
Translated by: Jack Sims
With this black & white laser, Samsung is promising increased productivity, across-the-board efficiency and revolutionary economy: just so many arguments to attract the enterprise market, at which this printer is aimed. The memory (128 MB) enables it to process tasks from a work group of up to 20 people. If this isn't enough for you, you can extend it to 384 MB.

Hardware

A double-sided, Mac and PC compatible laser printer, the Samsung ML-3710ND has an Ethernet port (no wi-fi) and a Dual Core 600 MHz processor. It supports PostScript3, PCL6 / 5e and SPL. Compact, it also has a high capacity (250 page loader and the option to add a 520 page drawer).


There's a 2-line screen on the front which you pilot with a 'navigation compass' situated underneath it. Simple and easy. There's also an eco button that allows you to put the printer into standby, a red button to stop prints already underway and, lastly, the on/off.

This entry-level model focuses on its primary function as a printer. It can't scan, copy or fax. There's no colour option or card reader.

Speed: very rapid

35 pages per minute (ppm) is what is announced in the tech spec. We scored it at 38, which is very rapid. In double-sided mode, speeds fall to 15 ppm, which is nevertheless very good.
 

Quality

In spite of the fact that the print head lines are visible, particularly so on lighter areas, this 1200 dpi printer gives good quality prints. The characters are legible and well drawn. The shaded colours on the graph are rendered, though they're a bit dark. In the graph the blacks can appear too deep but with pure text you get good clarity and legibility of characters. Check it out against the Brother HL-2270DW in the Face-off: compared to the nice thick text you get with the Samsung, the text printed by the Brother looks less well-defined.


Energy consumption and noise

We measured power draw as quite low for a laser: 2 watts in standby is really very good, and 600 watts when printing. This is ten times more than announced by Samsung (60 W) but remains within reasonable limits for a laser. You can get lower with other models, such as the HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn (1.2 W in standby and 290 W in load).
In contrast to what Samsung claims, this model isn't quiet. We would qualify 50 dB(A) as quiet. This model was measured at 56 dB(A).
 

Cost per page: 3 toners to choose from

This little laser can take three different toners: 2000, 5000 or 10,000 pages. We congratulate Samsung on installing high capacity starter cartridges. While high capacity cartridges may seem quite an investment, at the end of the day they give you unbeatable cost per page rates. In practice, as the table below shows, the standards come in at 2.6 pence/page, and the very high capacity cartridges at 1.26 pence/page.

Compare costs per page according to cartridge capacity:

Standard ISO lifespan
Toner cartridge
Price
ISO lifespan Cost per page
MLT-D205S/ELS  (black) £51 2000 2.6 pence

High capacity ISO lifespan
Toner cartridge
Price
ISO lifespan Cost per page
MLT-D205L/ELS (black) £83.50 5000 1.7 pence

Very high capacity ISO lifespan
Toner cartridge
Price
ISO lifespan Cost per page
MLT-D205E/ELS (black) £126 10,000 1.26 pence

4/5 Samsung ML-3710 ND DigitalVersus 2011-04-13 00:00:00

Pros

  • Fast speeds
  • 3 toner capacities (2000, 5000 or 10,000 pages)
  • Cost per page XL cartridges: 1.26 pence
  • Compact / Low energy consumption in standby
  • Eco button to put it into standby easily + eco mode for toner

Cons

  • No copier, fax, scanner
  • Only black & white
  • Not the quietest machine

Conclusion

If you're not interested in multifunction services and colour, this laser black & white printer will do you very well. It's rapid, responsive, compact and has very low cost per page with very high capacity cartridges.

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