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Printing Speed Comparison

We use the TF4 test target to check out the printer performance. The print task is “cold-started”, i.e. without first warming the heater up, at the default driver settings, and the time it takes to output the first page (starting from the moment the print task is sent to the printer) and the entire 10-page document is measured. We begin to measure the sequential speed after the first page is printed to avoid systematic errors due to the heater warm-up and software processing of the print task immediately before printing.

The results are presented in the diagram:

The Brother HL-2040 wins this test with a result of 20 pages per minute, while the printers from Samsung and HP are the slowest at 13.8 pages per minute. The speed of the HP LaserJet 1020 is actually close to its specification, but the Samsung ML-1615 is 2ppm behind its declared speed of 16ppm. The 50% difference between the speeds of the fastest and slowest printer is going to be tangible at large print volumes, above 100 pages. The Canon LBP 2900 has turned in a curious result as it has surpassed its own specification (18ppm against the declared 12ppm). It is not often that you see a device doing so much better than its own specs.

The next table shows how much time the printers took to turn out the first page of the document:

The leaders are different. The Oki B1400 now holds the first place with a speed of 12 seconds, but the outsider is the same – the Samsung ML-1615 is far slower even than the closest competitor. Well, the first-page speed is not as important a parameter as the sequential print speed, yet in some situations like when you have to quickly print out one or two pages for a client how doesn’t want to be waiting at all, these seconds may become critical.

 
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