The Samsung ML-1640 Mono laser printer is an inexpensive, straightforward machine for the home or office which is both easy to use and to maintain. Like most laser printers, the quality is enough to satisfy the basic needs of small office users as well as those who need the ability to print text and black-and-white photos from home.
This machine boasts a capacity of 150 sheets and includes a starter cartridge which is good for 700 pages of print. However, a standard cartridge, which is sold separately, has a print capacity of 1,500 pages. The cartridge which comes included with this machine is a combined drum and Samsung ML-1640 toner cartridge which fits snugly into the back of the machine for it to work properly. It has three simple indicator controls on the top of the machines. One indicates low Samsung ML-1640 toner, another is to indicate power and data, and one button is used to cancel print jobs.
The simple box design will appeal to a no-nonsense office or home user who needs to print out reports and other text documents on a regular basis. Small businesses and individual users on a tight budget will appreciate the price tag, as well as the inelegant yet simple design which allows users to quickly figure out its most basic functions so that they can use it as a go-to printer. As a practical matter, it can be used by individuals for writing reports and managing finances, or other basic tasks that require a simple, black-and-white printout with the proper contrast. The good thing about this machine that can appeal to most users is its ability to handle multiple routine print jobs without a hitch. It provides great contrast and relies on traditional toner ink to perform its duties.
One of the cons of this machine is the fact that Samsung has chosen to include a starter cartridge of only 700 prints, and this is not clearly indicated on the machine's packaging. It also would prove to be inefficient for those who need glossy photos or large amounts of printing day in and day out. The costs of Samsung ML-1640 toner for this machine in such a capacity would likely add up quickly. Also, the way the cartridge fits into the back of the machine with the drum is a little bit inconvenient. If not set right, the machine will not recognise the toner cartridge. Overall, this is a worthy machine that would be perfect for small businesses who need something for text and occasional finance reports.