OVERVIEW: If a company relies heavily on printing throughout the day--or across shifts, buying a fast, higher capacity business printer is a sound investment. The heavy-duty Samsung ML-3560 monochrome laser printer is the first step to serious printing, providing additional options for this printer to continue to meet your future needs.
The ML-3560 prints fast. It does take almost 50 seconds for the printer to warm up from a cold boot, but once it’s up this laser starts chugging letter-size prints at 35 pages per minute, making it one of the fastest of the ML series. There’s an additional 9 second delay between print jobs and high-resolution printing.
This printer has some serious paper capacity. The ML-3560 comes standard with a 500-sheet cassette tray, capable of holding an entire ream of letter or legal-size paper. The flip-door reveals a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray that can handle transparencies, labels, post cards, envelopes, 3” x 5” postcards up to 8½” x 14” legal paper of various bond weights.
At 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, the ML-3560 keeps text sharp--even at 6-point font sizes--and does a decent job with graphics. To keep from consuming too much toner, the printer has a 600 dpi resolution with a text-enhance or image-enhance switch. The Toner Save feature allows for a 40% toner life increase while keeping images clear and readable.
This laser printer packs 32MB of memory. The ML-3560 can easily handle workloads from multiple computer requests. An additional DIMM RAM slot is available to expand printer memory up to 288MB.
Understanding the printing needs of today’s businesses in providing support for the major software applications, Samsung has installed a full set for print emulators that should satisfy the most diverse office. Emulators include PostScript3, HP PCL6, IBM ProPrinter, and EPSON.
The control panel on the ML-3560 has a multi-line LCD Display, plus buttons that make manual control of the printer relatively intuitive. Through the control panel, printer information, configuration, and emulation settings can be made.
The ML-3560 support Parallel and USB connections. When connected to a network computer, the printer can be shared by other computers in the same domain or workgroup.
There are options you can add to the ML-3560 to bring it up to the level of a full-house ML-3561ND. Network support can be added with an Ethernet LAN card. A duplex attachment can be purchased for 2-sided printing. To reduce workload on the printer’s RAM, print jobs can be queued into a 40GB hard disk module. For laptop printing support, Samsung offers a wireless LAN card that supports a, b, and g-band standards. A second paper tray can be stacked under the ML-3560 to provide 500 sheets of additional paper capacity.
This is not a small, compact printer. At 40 pounds and a footprint that takes up just over a 2 square-foot area, the ML-3560 will need a permanent and a sturdy place to stay.
The printer produces 55dB of sound printing, idling at 35 dB. To give you an idea of what that means: 60 decibels is the level of typical conversations and 30 decibels is a quiet office. You probably don’t want to have this printer stationed in a conference room printing when a meeting is in progress. But when placed in the copy room or in the middle of a busy office floor, the noise is barely noticeable.
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The ML-3560’s toner and drum are integrated in a single cartridge, making it easy to maintain. Right out the box, the printer comes with the standard size toner, able to print up to 6,000 pages. A 12,000 high-capacity toner option is also available to double the time between toner replacements. This is great for a department or an office with heavy printing demands.
The ML-3560 has one of the better software packages. Not only does it have the basic printing properties for Mac and Linux, but for Windows users there’s an advanced printing section that allows for booklet printing, creating a large poster mosaics, and watermarks.
The drivers also enable 64-bit and Microsoft Server operating systems to be able to use the ML-3560. This may be considered a no-brainer, but there are printers with software that absolutely will not install on Server 2003 & 2008.