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Samsung ML-3710ND review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £258
inc VAT

A fast, robust and easy-to-use printer that should prove ideal for a small office. Best of all, it's easy to maintain and cheap to run

Samsung says that its new workgroup mono laser can rattle off 35 pages per minute and handle a maximum of 80,000 pages each month, which ought to make it ideal for a busy small office. While the company’s personal laser printers are often stylish, the ML-3710ND’s corrugated grey plastics are less eye-catching, but at least everything feels strong. There’s a four-way switch to navigate the two-line LCD menu along with job cancel and ‘Eco’ buttons.

Unusually for this class of printer, there’s no mechanical off switch, but the soft-off button reduced power use to just 0.1W, so it’s far more effective than most. While the Eco button sounds like a gimmick, it’s a quick way to switch everyone using the printer to economical print settings; the default is toner saving, automatic duplexing and two pages per sheet, which fits four sides onto each sheet of paper, potentially cutting paper use by 75%. Users can override and print with their typical settings if they prefer.

Samsung ML-3710ND

The ML-3710ND has a 250-sheet paper cassette, with an additional 50-sheet multipurpose tray that folds down at the front. The pick roller in the multipurpose tray has a plastic shield to prevent stray fingers or ties getting drawn into the printer – a thoughtful touch. When extended to take A4 paper, the cassette is slightly too deep for the printer body, but there’s a clip-on cover at the rear to keep it free of dust. An optional second tray boosts the total paper capacity to 820 sheets.

With a fast print engine, 128MB of memory and a 600MHz processor, this is an impressively quick printer. From sleeping, the first page of text dropped into the 150-sheet output tray just 16 seconds after we had sent the job. With the printer on standby this first page out time dropped to 10 seconds, with all 25 pages having printed just 40 seconds later. Things were just as impressive with our mixed graphical document; although spooling the job took a few seconds longer, there were no mid-job pauses and all 24 pages had printed within 54 seconds.

Samsung ML-3710ND

The quality of the results was above average for a laser, with perfect text and competent greyscale graphics let down only by some banding and visible dithering in photos. Paper handling was flawless during our tests, although envelopes were printed with some crumpling on the trailing edge.

driver screenshot

One of this printer’s best features is its driver, which makes it particularly easy to use. The main options are laid out over four tabs with self-explanatory titles. The Paper tab is one of the smartest we’ve seen, containing two small sub-tabs that let you quickly navigate paper and envelope presets to match the loaded media.

With just a single consumable, maintenance ought to be similarly straightforward. The printer is supplied with a 5,000-page unit, and 10,000-page replacements are available for £130. The resulting low running costs help the impressive ML-3710ND win our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution1,200dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution1,200dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A435ppm
Quoted time to first page, mono7s

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.016s
Letter, time to first page 1.010s
25-page mono document – total time0:0:50
Time for 24 pages mixed greyscale 1.054s
Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.116s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.018s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Optional printer interfacesnone
Noise (in normal use)52dB(A)
Duty cycle80,000

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity300
Maximum paper inputs3
Maximum paper input capacity820
Output tray capacity150 sheets
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes


Printer technologymono laser
Language(s)PCL 5e, PCL 6, PostScript 3, IBM ProPrinter, Epson emulation
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.3 or later, various Linux and UNIX distributions
Standard printer memory128MB
Maximum printer memory384MB
Other laser features and optionsnone

Buying Information

Capacity of supplied black toner5,000 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s)N/A
Estimated mono TCO – three years light£257.99
Estimated mono TCO – three years medium£518.17
Estimated mono TCO – three years heavy£1688.98
Warrantyone-year RTB

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.116s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.018s