Reviewed on: March 2015
The Samsung M2835dw is ideal for small-to-medium offices that need a mono printer. It does all the basics well, has fantastic black text quality and is a reliable, speedy runner. The high capacity cartridges do up to 3,000 pages (at 5% page coverage estimations), so this printer is suitable for up to roughly 6,000 pages a month, otherwise you might find yourself burning through the toners too quickly.
Features & Connectivity
Samsung have tried to keep the SL-M2835dw as basic & productive as possible, so the printer comes with simple features:
- Wireless and ethernet connectivity
- Duplex (auto 2-sided printing)
- 250 sheet paper tray
- Google Cloud print support (NOT Apple AirPrint though)
- Near field communication for mobile devices (NFC)
Nice and easy, the only real functions you're missing are a scan and fax. An argument can be made for a touchscreen but there's no need for one in a basic machine like this. You can get a variation of this printer which has the model number M2835d, all this missing W means is it is not wireless. It's probably worth paying the tiny bit extra to get that functionality in today's wireless age.
Wireless setup is incredibly simple if your router has a WPS button, 2 button presses and your printer is on the network. Double sided printing with the automatic duplexer is a great feature for an office workhorse and can save you on your paper costs, otherwise this Samsung keeps it nice and simple. It has a decent sized paper tray too, taking up to 250 sheets, more than enough for all but the biggest print runs.
Print Speed & Quality
The Samsung has around a 15 second delay when you print to it (allowing it to warm up and process your print job), so your actual print speed will vary with the number of pages you're printing each time. Typically you'll see between 17-to-20 pages per minute (ppm) print speeds which are fantastic in a small mono machine. Duplexing comes in slightly slower around 13ppm which is still impressively fast.
It provides Samsung's normal high quality for mono, with crisp black text and well rendered images/graphs. It doesn't handle converting detailed colour images to mono too well, but you shouldn't be sending these kind of prints to a mono laser anyway so we won't place too much emphasis on this. Overall a very reliable, speedy machine suitable for an office.
Cartridges & Running Costs
You have two cartridge choices for this Samsung, with expected yields of 1,200 pages in the standard and 3,000 in the XL version. The XL cartridge in particular gives you an impressively low cost per page of around 1.2p, very good for the quality and size of the cartridge and competitive with other mono lasers in the market.
Samsung have also separated out the toner cartridges (the powder that makes your printout) and the drum unit in the printer (what applies the toner to the page). This makes your cartridges far easier to install, clipping into the drum after pulling down the front flap of the machine, but it does mean you have 2 consumables to replace. Each drum unit will last roughly 3 toner cartridges and they're pretty cheap to buy, so overall this is a positive in our eyes and saves on waste.
You can see live prices for the cartridges for this printer at the bottom of this review, or a full list of items for the Samsung M2835dw here.
Who Should Buy This Printer
Anyone looking for a fast, efficient machine that can do without scanning, faxing and colour. As a mono printer for up to 6,000 pages a month you'll be hard pressed to beat this Samsung.