When it comes to monochrome laser printers, Samsung is, without a doubt, a key player.
The Samsung Xpress M2835DW is one of its mid-range units that perfectly fits a small or home office.
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Samsung Xpress M2835DW In-Depth Review
As for printing, the Samsung M2835DW is capable of producing a 4800 x 600 DPI (dots per inch) resolution for the crispest output.
On top of that, it prints at a speed of 29 PPM (pages per minute) and the first print out speed is less than 8.5 seconds –quite superior to most options on the market.
Paper and Media handling
The Samsung M2835DW has a monthly duty cycle of 12,000 pages.
Furthermore, it's equipped with a multipurpose tray that can accommodate 250 sheets.
It can handle various media types including bond paper, cards, archive paper, envelopes, cotton paper, plain paper, labels, preprinted paper, thick and thin paper, transparencies, as well as recycled paper.
This versatility is thanks to the fact that it can accept paper weights ranging from 60 g/m2 up to 220 g/m2. This beats what many printers on the market can handle.
Moreover, the media sizes range from a minimum of 3 x 5 inches up to 8.5 x 14 inches such as Legal-sized documents.
While the various sizes it can handle include letter A size (8.5 x 11 inches), Legal (8.5 x 14 inches), Executive (7.25 x 10.5 inches), A4 (8.25 x 11.7 inches), A5 (5.83 x 8.25 inches), B5 (6.96 x 9.83 inches), A6 (4.13 x 5.83 inches), Folio (8.5 x 13 inches), JIS B5 (7.17 x 10.12 inches), and (3 x 5 inches).
Size and portability
The Samsung M2835DW measures 14.5 x 8.0 x 13.2 inches when it’s set up and it weighs 16.3 pounds –both compact and lightweight.
Ease of Use
It has 4 buttons that you can interact with. These are for power, job cancel, WPS setup, and eco mode.
However, there’s no LCD display for you to check the printing status or receive feedback.
But that’s not a dealbreaker on a single-function printer like it would have been if it were an all-in-one.
Using the WPS buttons allows you to connect wirelessly to any web-enabled device with a simple two-button setup.
Add to that, the wireless printing features you get include Samsung Mobile Print, NFC Tap & Print, Google Cloud Print, and Apple AirPrint.
The latter enables you to directly print from an iPhone or iPad without needing to install any extra apps or software.
You can also get a wired connection through the Ethernet and USB connection at the back of the printer.
Having an Energy-Star certification means that it doesn’t consume too much power, so it saves you some money when it comes to the electric bill.
- Superb paper-handling capabilities
- Compact design
- Various connectivity options including Ethernet, WiFi direct, and NFC
- Competitive running costs
- Lacks options for expansion
- Greyscales can suffer from some banding
The Samsung M2835DW is a superb monochrome laser printer. Although its printing speed is average, its quality is very high when it comes to both text and graphics –including photos.