Samsung entered the home office, single purpose printer market with their ML-1210. There is not going to be any faxing or scanning on this machine, it is sticking to the basics. They've toyed around with quite a few optional upgrades and expanded features, but instead they settled on a very simple unit to fulfil a very basic job. The strength of this machine lies in its simplicity of design and function.
While the ML-1210 is a truly minimalist-style printer, the physical design is unique compared to many other home models. There is a downward sloping paper tray leading into the body which resembles a fax machine more than a traditional personal use printer. The paper input tray is a 150 sheet cassette feeder with no output tray. The power button is located at the rear along with the USB input and a parallel port. The controls are very basic with 3 LED buttons which give only the essential information as well as 3 buttons to fix jams and pause prints. The demo button, when depressed for a few seconds, will print out a test page that may help to clear out an over-inked roll drum. Simple slides along the paper tray allow for a few unique options such as printing on odd sized envelopes. The Samsung ML-1210 toner cartridges and other internals are accessed by pushing two buttons and removing the entire face.
This is an affordable printer that produces decent quality monochrome jobs at a relatively low price per page. Designed for home use, printing speeds may remain under 12 pages per minute and printing quality does not need to exceed a few dozen prints per day. This printer also boasts some impressive durability with many owners report having continuously used this printer for over 5 or 6 years without a single problem. The unique 'stand up' design also allows it to fit onto cramped desks and in smaller home offices. Replacement Samsung ML-1210 toner is available from Cartridge Save for a reasonable price.
While the speed and durability is nice, the ML-1210 is a no frills machine. There are no wireless options, the included software has very limited features, and colour prints are out of the picture. After around a dozen consecutive pages of prints, smudges may begin to appear on the corners of the pages as well.