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Samsung ML-1430 Laser Printer Review

April 23, 2003




Samsung's ML-1430 has similar traits with the previous models ML-1210 or ML-1250. I hope you know the difference between these two solutions: beside some peculiarities in the mechanical and electronical parts, the ML-1210 supports Smart GDI emulation while the ML-1250 supports emulation of HP PCL6 language.

Model ML-1430 inherits the appearance of its predecessors and extends the line of GDI printers, i.e. it's a direct successor of ML-1210. The new-comer has a new speedy 66 MHz Samsung Jupiter 3 processor, and therefore, a higher print speed. 

Actually we had to test only its print speed, but we decided to benchmark it thoroughly, i.e. including its printing quality. 

The test results of the previous model of the line are given in the review of Samsung ML-1210 Laser Printer Review. Today's tests will be carried out in the express format. 

First comes the specification. 

Samsung ML-1430 Specs


Laser Monochrome Printer Samsung ML-1430
Technology Electrophotography
Form-factor Desktop model
Heat-up (time before first page is started) 30 s
First page print time Less than 13 s
Speed Up to 14 ppm.
Toner Single Cartridge
Resolution Up to 600 x 600 dpi (with SRT used)
Toner save feature 30%
Language SPL (Samsung Printer Language)
Fonts Windows
Processor 66 MHz Samsung Jupiter 3 
Memory, RAM 8 Mb 
Drivers bundled Microsoft Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP/NT 4.0, Mac OS 8.6, Linux (RedHat 6.0 and over)
Interfaces Parallel Bi-directional (IEEE1284), USB
Power supply 220 +-10%, 50 / 60 Hz, 1.2 A
Power consumed Printing - up to 250 W
Standby mode - less than 10 W
Paper supply Manual, auto
Tray 150 sheets
Paper size (max.) A4, Legal
Paper size (min.) 95 x 127 mm (auto tray), 76 x 127 mm (manual supply) 
Paper formats A4, Executive, Legal, A5, B5, Folio, C5, JIS B5, Envelope DL, Com-10, International C5, Monarch
Paper types Office, envelopes, films, labels, cards
Paper density Auto supply 60 - 90 g/m2; manual supply 60 - 163 g/m2
Maximum monthly output Up to 12,000 pages
Recommended monthly output Up to 5000 pages
Service life 100.000 pages
Additional output modes 16 p on one sheet, poster mode; last task can be saves in memory and printed with PV disconnected
Noise level  Less than 46 dB at printing
Dimensions 329 x 352 x 229 mm
Weight 6.2 kg (with cartridge)
Warranty  3 years
Supplies
ML-1210D3 Toner Cartridge Life: 2500 pages (at 5% Coverage), 1000 pages Starter

Unpacking and software installation

The box doesn't differ from the previous models but for the color: earlier it was mostly sea-green, and now light green prevails. 




Here is our hero:






The accessory pack is standard: the printer comes with a toner cartridge for 1000 copies, network cable, and CD-ROM with drivers and other software. Like other desktop laser models from Samsung, this one needs just a couple of minutes to get ready: you just take off protective tapes, insert the cartridge and connect the cables. 




The front panel looks quite traditional. You can print out a test page right after turning on the device. 




The installation of drivers is as usual fast and simple:







On completion you will get the following record in the Printers & Faxes panel:




Testing technique

For quality etimation we used the test suites tried before which are a little bit modified to suit laser monochrome printers: 

  1. Font printing (here you can find the original file in .cdr format of Corel Draw) 




  2. Test table printing (here you can find the original file in .cdr format of Corel Draw) improved for testing quality of printing of gradient fill and vector graphics




  3. IT8 Reference Target color table (for bitmapped images) 





  4. Sample (the link leads to the test file for comparison with the original, TARGET.TIF, 340 KB) 

General impressions

According to Price.ru, the Samsung ML-1430 has a price of about $200, which looks quite aggressive because of the new 66 MHz RISC processor Samsung Jupiter 3 that raises the print speed up to 14 pages/min. 

The printer traditionally supports SRT (Samsung Resolution Technology) which reduces the toner consumption by 30%. 

Now a couple of words on the SPL (Samsung Printer Language). The new name of the technology hides a good old GDI mode. Here is what I wrote in one of my previous articles:

Most printers use an integrated processor for printing images controlled by a certain language of command description (for example, Postscript, PCL, ESC/P, HPGL, Lineprinter, Xerox XES/UDK, Luminous LN02Plus etc.). But there is no such language as GDI. GDI, or Graphic Device Interface, is a library of Windows' functions for data transfer to graphics devices including displays and printers. 

GDI printers are devices equipped with a processor-controller which delivers data into printer's buffer memory. Information received by a printing program is page description which reproduces graphics primitives - lines, text etc. for processing of which GDI functions are used. 

Printer's driver for a certain MS Windows version converts this information into the printer's internal language. The disadvantage of such approach is that it's impossible to print under the DOS and a lacking buffer for font storage. However, there is no need in expensive electronic components which greatly affect the printer's price. Besides, extra expenses for extending internal memory do not threaten. 

That's all peculiarities of this model. I just have to add that Samsung ML-1430 is pleasantly compact, noiseless in the standby mode, carefully handles paper and works efficiently. It's difficult to notice the difference between 12 and 14 pages/min, but I admit that this baby is very fast for its dimensions.

Print speed

The print speed was tested a usual way: we printed several copies of the test sample found on one of Xerox's sites with 5% coverage. The picture below provides a link to the sample in the PDF format; the original is located here




We printed 21 copies at 600 dpi: it took 12 s to print out the first page, and 86 seconds to print 20 pages, i.e. about 4.3 s per page or 13.95 pages a minute, which fully complies with the specs.

Printing quality

1. Fonts

Yet before the tests I knew that this model is just an improved version of ML-1210. Its new speedier processor coupled with the same electromechanical components could have an effect only on the speed, but not quality. 

However, we still tested quality as well. And I must say that quality of the ML-1430 remained at the same level. That is why I will show you only the most distinctive fragments. 

Control phrase, Arial 
5x enlargement, 600 dpi, normal mode







 
Control phrase, Times
5x enlargement, 600 dpi, normal mode







 
Control phrase, Arial 
5x enlargement, 300 dpi, toner saving mode







 
Control phrase, Times
5x enlargement, 300 dpi, toner saving mode






In the highest resolution and quality this model, like ML-1210, goes on a par with most laser printers with the specified resolution of 600 dpi. Any text is a breeze to read starting from the 4th font size, symbols are uniformly filled with the dye, and edges are sharp.

The second part of the pictures demonstrate performance of the printer at the minimal resolution with the toner save feature enabled. Quality doesn't degrades much for the font sizes over the 4th, and this mode will suit for most office tasks.

2. Vector images














Quality of victor images printed by laser monochrome printers is traditionally high. Besides, the gradient fill is also very good, actually like that of the ML-1210.

3. IT-8 Test Table

 

Scale 1:1, normal mode,
600 dpi, 3.5x enlargement (the actual width is 20 mm)










Scale 1:1, toner saving mode
300 dpi, 3.5x enlargement (the actual width is 20 mm)











Above are the pictures printed in the highest and lowest quality modes. Well, the bitmapped graphics was never a strong side of laser printers of the low-end and middle-end sectors; nevertheless, at the maximum quality the result is satisfactory: the detail level is sufficient, and uniform areas are well filled in.

Conclusion

The changes brought into the Samsung ML-1430 are actually only the speed increased up to 14 pages/min in comparison with the ML-1210. All other characteristics are the same. 

I think this printer is a closing one in the Samsung ML-14XX line. On the other hand, ML-1210 was the best selling model in our local market in Autumn and Winter). It was logical that the company substituted the current bestseller that when extending the series.

Let's sum it up: the new printer supports Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP/NT 4.0, Mac OS 8.6, Linux (RedHat 6.2 and higher), 14 pages/min, a monthly load up to 12,000 pages, compact dimensions; all this makes a good solution for a middle-class office or for home. Besides, supplies for this new model are the same as for ML-1210; and supplies for Samsung's printers are now widely available on the market...

 

Vladimir Romanchenko  lone@ixbt.com


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