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Samsung ML-1865W review

Samsung ML-1865W
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £94.29
inc VAT

A compact, stylish printer that's simple to use and easy to live with, but high print costs mean we can only recommend it for light use.


mono laser, 18ppm print speed, USB, 802.11b/g wireless, 184x341x224mm

Samsung has something of a reputation for creating tiny, smart laser printers, and the ML-1865W is no exception. It’s as small as any other laser we’ve seen, and made from the kind of glossy black plastics that make it particularly well suited to the home. Sat on a desk, it takes up little more room than a laptop.

Samsung ML-1865W

Although it’s small, Samsung hasn’t quite been able to fit everything into the ML-1865W. The simple paper tray extends out of the front, but unfortunately there’s no cover: if you print only occasionally you may find that dust settles on the top sheet of paper. The output tray is fairly steeply raked, but even so we found that some pages rode up higher than others, leaving the printed stack a little scruffy.

As the ‘W’ in its name suggests, this printer has a wireless network interface in addition to its standard USB port. There’s a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button for easy configuration with compatible routers, but no display: those with older routers will need to configure the printer using a USB cable first. A version without the wireless network costs about £20 less, but neither printer has an Ethernet port.

Samsung claims a modest 18 pages per minute (ppm) print speed for the ML-1865W, and it came quite close to those figures in our tests, reaching nearly 16ppm for documents and graphics. With a slow engine it’s quieter than most, making it possible to work next to it in a home study or small office. It’s also easy to use, with an excellent driver interface that separates basic, paper, graphics and advanced settings onto different tabs. The paper options tab has its own mini-tabs for quick selection of paper and envelope types, and it’s particularly easy to use.

The ML-1685W may not be quick, but it produces high quality prints – among the best photos and graphics we’ve seen from a mono laser. The only notable problem in our tests was very slight horizontal bands in darker regions. Unfortunately, that all-in-one consumable lasts for only 1,500 pages and costs around £46, meaning that print costs will soon add up.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Maximum native print resolution 1,200x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution 1,200×1,200dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 18ppm
Quoted time to first page, mono 9s

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.0 24s
Letter, time to first page 1.0 15s
25-page mono document – total time 00:01:35
Time for 24 pages mixed greyscale 1.0 1m 32s
Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 23s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 26s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 802.11b/g wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 184x341x224mm
Weight 4.2kg
Noise (in normal use) 50dB(A)
Duty cycle 5,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 150
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 150
Output tray capacity 100 sheets
Duplex (code, cost if option) No


Printer technology mono laser
Language(s) PCL 5e
Supported operating systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, Linux
Standard printer memory 64MB
Maximum printer memory 64MB
Other laser features and options none

Buying Information

Price £94
Price of 2nd paper cassette N/A
Capacity of supplied black toner 700 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s) N/A
Estimated mono TCO – three years light £186.47
Estimated mono TCO – three years medium £739.55
Estimated mono TCO – three years heavy £3182.32

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.1 23s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.0 26s