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Samsung ML-4500 Laser Printer Review - PAGE 1

- Friday, January 26th, 2001 Like Share



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Gerry Jan 26, 01
I have a question about this quote from the article:

The life of the printer is rated at around 50,000 pages, so rated on a 5 year life the printer measures out to a monthly volume of around 2000 pages

How was the figure of 2,000 pages/month calculated? I come up with 50,000/(5*12) or 50,000/60=833 pages/month.
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Ether Jan 26, 01
Yikes. That's a good point there.

Here's how I derived the information:

The printer is rated for a 5 year life at 50,000 pages total. The printer also has a Duty Cycle of 2000 pages per month.

My assumption was that if a printer had a given Duty Cycle and Total Life it would all equal out, so I never did the math. Heck even a quick mental calculation would have squared off the problem.

I guess the difference is more like this:

The Duty Cycle is how much volume the printer is designed to handle per month, rather than how much it can sustain through a 5 year period. So if the printer has a life of 50,000 pages over 5 years, it means you are using the printer far less than its Duty Cycle rating.

Sorry about that folks. I'm going to edit the article to correct for this oversight on my part.

Thanks for the heads up!
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Gerry Jan 26, 01
No problem. Other than that, great article. I may even get one when I'm ready for a cheap laser printer for the kids to use for home work.
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Geri Sep 3, 01
I've used Hewlett Packards most of my computing life - but when I went to the shop to buy a new colour printer, I saw this laser for the same price and thought I would take a chance, never having been able to afford a laser before.

I bought my Samsung in March this year _ and I am thrilled to bits with it. I've never had such a reliable trouble free printer, excellent quality, quiet, fast, and it's really easy to do double-sided on it, no jams, no probs, love it. I use it quite a lot for printing training manuals - I've only had to buy one cartridge since March. Brilliant. Thoroughly recommended.
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PAH Jan 9, 02
I just want to say that this is the first time I have come to this site. I was looking for information on the Samsung printer and was most happy to find it.

Because of what I have read here, I am going out to purchase the printer in question this weekend.

I have an older computer, therefore I need an inexpensive laser printer that is parallel connection to replace an Okidata OL 600e. The problem with my Okidata is that I have reached the point where I am going to have to purchase my third drum (I last replaced it in July 2000). The cost of the drum in question is going to be more than bying the Samsung outright and the features seem to do what I want.

I was looking at the more expensive HP LaserJet 1200 but I think you have convinced me that the Samsung is what I need.

Thanks for your help and keep up the good work. I think I will check back here in the future to find out more info about other products.

Peter Anthony Holder

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Dwight Feb 6, 02
Sorry, we can't agree with this review. Our experience shows similar results to complaints logged on CNET reviews ... lights flash and printer locks up.

We replaced a Brother HL720 that was stolen ... and wish we had it back.
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Shari Thomason Jun 15, 02
For this Samsung printer, there is not remanufactured toner cartridge available. The cartridge alone costs nearly as much as the printer itself. I would go with the HP 1200 where you can at least purchase remanufactured toner cartridges.
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