Print Quality and More
Printers generally have a hard time coming in on their specs, but the ML-1250 proved itself to be a 12 page per minute printer. Full pages of graphics, text and PDF files could not sway the ML-1250 from this mark.
Printer Test Patterns
The next set of tests revolve around the ZDnet printer test patterns.
Since we are looking at a mono Laser printer we will only be using two of the
three tests. Those of you who would like to test out your current printer can
go here for the files. Ideally the
.AI patterns should be used, but if you don't have the software the .pdf files
offer a good alternative. The test patterns are grouped into two sets, the first
measuring gradients and resolution, and the second letter quality at different
The ML-1250 passed all of the test
patterns. In some cases where extremely fine text was output (on the level of
4pt), there was some line loss. At such a small point size this is not uncommon.
Gradient patterns, and Bezier curves were reproduced excellently for its price
are one of the few computer peripherals which carry a continued cost of
ownership. Unlike scanners and speaker systems, printers require cartridges to regularly be replaced. The cost of toner divided by the number of pages (at 5%
coverage) printable per cartridge is call cost per page. Depending on the duty level of the laser printer,
the toner cartridge can be extremely expensive, or quite inexpensive. In almost all cases, mono
laser printers are less expensive to use than black and white ink jet printers.
They offer better resolution and non-water soluble printer ink.
With a modest speed of 12ppm this printer, the ML-1250 is more
than capable for home use where printer requirements are typically sporadic. With
the option of expandable memory, the ML-1250 can take on even more than its lower
end compatriot, the ML-1210. The support for either parallel or USB connections enables the ML-1250
a wider range of versatility which is important for legacy computers these days.
Add to that the 1200DPI class
resolution and low cost of ownership and this printer offers great versatility and value.
All in all, the ML-1250 is a very good quality value printer, providing
excellent print quality for the price.
1200 x 600 dpi
Under 13 seconds
13" x 13.9" x 9"
Yes (Under 10W)
12,000 Pages per Month
KEYs, 3 LEDs
Multi-purpose Tray |
1 Sheet Manual Slot
100 Sheets Face-down
A4, Letter, Legal, Executive, B5, A5, Folio,
7 3/4 (Monarch) #10,
DL, C5, C6
|150 Sheet Tray|
|Single Cartridge |
Sheets (Normal Mode)
3,500 Sheets (Toner Save Mode)
50,000 Sheets (5
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