I bought this printer on an amazing Black Friday $99 deal thinking that it would be more economical than my inkjet for printing out the 360 pages I needed for my family's holiday newsletter. It was an unfortunate mix of good and bad...
GOOD: Small, looks nice, great price, toner relatively inexpensive, quiet, hooking it up to the Mac was a breeze. Full page photo print on premium laser paper was the best I've seen on a color laser, not as good as an inkjet running photo paper, but much better than an inkjet using plain paper.
These are all great plusses, but it wasn't all rosy.
BAD: When refeeding the paper back into the hopper to print on the back side, the printer jammed every couple of pages. The added friction of the toner on the bottom side really messed with it. The paper curled a bit and I tried to flatten as best as possible, but it kept on jamming.
Text: I thought the text was not as sharp as it could be and when I compared it to the text output from my cheapie monochrome Brother laser, I was blown away at how much more refined the Brother was. I did not get a chance to try the Samsung in monochrome mode to compare the difference, but in color mode, no contest whatsoever - slightly blurry and way oversaturated. It also printed with some odd white dot artifacts around all the high-contrast edges when I tried to use premium glossy LASER paper in it - had to stick with the mid-range paper instead of the high-end paper.
My biggest shock was how quickly the toner disappeared. I was printing a newsletter with a few small photos on each page, maybe 25% coverage, and two of the toners were completely dry after 250 pages and the other two were very low. I imagine that if I was printing full-page photos, which was my original reason for buying it, I would have been lucky to get 100 pages out of a toner set. At $150+ for a toner set, this works out to well over a buck a page for full-size, and around 50 cents for my newsletter-type stuff, a far cry from the 15 cents per page that Samsung claims. This was no longer an economical printer by any means, so after a restless night sleep, and a bit of guilt over using most of the toner, I reluctantly decided to return it. Between the double-sided jamming, barely acceptable text quality, and the high cost-per-page, I just couldn't live with this printer. (To be fair, the printer came with "starter" cartridges, and I hoped I could chalk its thirst up to that, but then I found out that Samsung's starter cartridges really have 70% capacity, so that didn't help much.)