by January 11, 2002 0 comments

The ML 4600 supports all the conventional paper sizes, and can print on bond paper, envelopes, transparencies, labels, and pre-printed paper This
monochrome laser printer from Samsung is targeted at small offices. It’s
compact and easy to use, and has a USB interface along with a regular parallel
port. For this review, we were not, however, sent a USB cable to connect the
printer to our PC. The driver CD has drivers for Windows 9x/NT/2000 and Linux.
The printer is also Mac-compatible, though related software wasn’t given on
the CD.

Samsung ML 4600 

Monochrome laser printer. 
Rs 19750 with one-year warranty.
Features: Rated speed of 8 ppm at 600 dpi with Image enhance or Text enhance modes; driver support for Linux; USB compatible; toner save mode.
Pros: Good printing speed; smooth and almost noiseless functioning.
Cons: Some banding in graphics printing.
Source: Samsung India, 2nd Floor, 47 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi 110024. Tel: 11-6932517-19 Fax: 6932607 
E-mail: moninder@samsungindia.com

The ML 4600 comes with 4 MB RAM that can be upgraded to 68 MB. The drivers
are easy to install, and come bundled with Adobe Acrobat Reader 4. The printer
has three buttons on its front panel, which can be used to respectively print in
toner save or economy mode; fire a demo printout; and to cancel the current
print job or reprint the last page printed. The last button can be useful if the
printer on your network is located far from your computer, as you needn’t go
back to your computer to cancel a print job or ask for a reprint if you aren’t
satisfied with the quality. Pressing the button for a few seconds will do the
job. The 4 LEDs on the front panel show the print status: whether there’s an
error; the printer is out of paper; the printer is printing; and it’s printing
in toner save mode, respectively.

The ML 4600 supports all the conventional paper sizes. There’s also a
custom size option if the size you want to print in is not available. It can
print on bond paper, transparencies, envelopes, labels, and even pre-printed
paper. The feeder tray has a capacity of 150 sheets. It supports two printing
resolutions of 600 and 300 dpi. It offers a host of printing modes, including a
Text enhance and an Image enhance mode. We found that the image became brighter
in the enhanced mode, but there was no perceptible difference in Text enhance
mode.

Graphics can be sent to the printer either in the Vector or Raster mode.
Vector graphic images print faster than Raster ones, but not all images can be
printed in this mode. The printer gives the option of printing in Fine, Coarse
or Line art modes. This is meant to enhance the quality of images that are
printed. The option of Overlaying can be used to create letterheads. You can
also place very basic textual watermarks on your documents and even do poster
printing.

The ML 4600 printed noiselessly and performed well in our speed tests. It
achieved a speed of 7.23 ppm as against its rated 8 ppm, which is good. The
quality of printed text was crisp in both 300 and 600 dpi resolutions. The
quality of printed graphics, however, wasn’t as impressive. Line art showed
breaks in the lines even when we printed in Line art mode, and the fountain fill
showed banding at 300 dpi. The print quality of a full page graphics image,
however, was good.

With a price tag of Rs19,750, the printer is a good choice for printing text
and occasional light graphics.

Ankur Saxena at PCQ Labs

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