Samsung SCX-FW3405FW Review

If you need a compact multifunction laser printer, Samsung SCX-FW3405FW (starting at $162, Amazon) reviews suggest this may be the model for you. Expert and consumer reviewers like the small size and, for the most part, the performance. PC Mag writes in its review that text and graphics print quality is well above average for monochrome machines although photos are well below par. As for speed, the site's business suite applications test produced a rate of 7.7ppm, which the experts deem acceptable, albeit a tad slow. Users find the printer to be sufficiently fast and at Staples, their Samsung SCX-3405FW reviews commend the print quality and features such as wireless connectivity. Posts at Amazon generally say the printer is easy to set up (even for the technically challenged), faxes are easy to send, the copy function produces very clear printouts, and the price is right. On the other hand, some Samsung SCX-3405FW reviews gripe about a complicated setup and unreliable wireless, especially with Macs, and a small cartridge that runs out of toner quickly. The PC Mag expert notes the absence of an auto-duplex feature but welcomes the presence of a 40-sheet auto-document feeder.

The SCX-3405FW is a multifunction device that prints, scans, copies, and faxes. Its top print/copy speed is 21ppm and maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi (600 x 600 dpi for optical and 4,800 x 4,800 enhanced when scanning). The SCX-3405FW comes with a 150-sheet input tray and a 100-sheet output tray, and like most laser printers it accepts different paper sizes and types, including paper from 3 x 5 inches to 8.5 x 14 inches, envelopes, labels, card stock, archive, and cotton media. The printer runs on a 433MHz CPU and boasts 128MB of memory. Connectivity is possible with a USB 2.0 connection, an Ethernet cable, or through Wi-Fi. The SCX-3405FW is compatible with Windows (not Windows 8), Linux, and Mac 10.4 and newer operating systems. By multifunction printer standards, the SCX-3405FW is pretty small, measuring 15.8 x 11.5 x 11.7 inches and weighing 17.6 pounds.

The SCX-3405FW offers several appealing features and reasonable performance for the price. It's a step slower than the multifunction competition, but for home use and laid-back offices, this shouldn't be much of an issue.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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