The Bottom Line
- Very fast
- Built-in WiFi
- Automatic duplexing
- Eco mode
- Hard to read LCD
- No paper manual
- Monochrome laser printer
- Automatic duplexer
- Built-in WiFi, network connectivity, USB
- Up to 33 ppm printing
- 250-sheet cassette tray
- 50-sheet multipurpose tray
- 14.4" x 14.5" x 10" and 21 lbs
Guide Review - Review of the Samsung ML-3712DW Monochrome Laser Printer
Worried that you're sacrificing quality for speed? Not with the ML-3712DW . Fonts at any size look crisp and sharp-edged. Even better, there's little noticeable paper curl, which is typically a problem for laser printers (I guess with pages coming out so fast, there's not enough time for them to curl!). Part of the reason it's so fast is that it uses a dual-core 600 MHz processor.
Samsung has added some small but handy features that make this little printer a handy money-saver as well. For example, there's an Eco button that automatically prints your print job with two pages on one side (in landscape mode, of course). I expected that it might be set up to print duplex as well--thus really saving paper and money--but alas it wasn't. However, it is possible to configure it that way (or even with four pages per sheet). Samsung estimates you can save as much as 40 percent of your toner usage with that feature. Not bad for a touch of a button. The ML-3712DW can also take Samsung's extra-high yield toner (up to 5,000 pages per cartridge).
There aren't many drawbacks to this laser printer. I found the black-on-gray two-line LCD screen very hard to see and read. Fortunately, most of the printer configuration can be done through (very easy to see) Web-based tools, so it wasn't a major issue. There's no paper manual, so if you need to refer to the instructions, you'll need to be online to review them.