Top positive review
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on 23 October 2013
This is a very clever piece of kit. Easy to set up and so far very reliable. It took around 20 minutes from unpacking to printing the first sheet wirelessly. I have tested it with with PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone. It works well.
So how does it work?
To "mate" the printer with your WiFi router you need a PC or Mac. Pop the supplied CD into your computer, follow the instructions and your PC / Mac will configure the printer so that it knows about your WiFi router. You do that process once and then you no longer need your PC / Mac.
That gets the printer on-line and on your home network.
TO PRINT WIRELESSLY FROM YOUR PC OR MAC
Having run the install CD as detailed above, the printer is available in your printer list. Switch the printer on and send a document to print from your PC or Mac. The document pops out after a few seconds.
TO PRINT WIRELESSLY FROM YOUR IPAD / IPHONE
You need to download a free Samsung Mobile Printing App. Once installed on your ipad / phone, open the App and from within the App you can see all your photos / e-mails and select anything to print. If you want to print off an e-mail, you need to add your mail account to the App itself. This is a bit techy but all you need are your inbound sever details which you can get from google easily enough. Once your account is configured within the Samsung App, you can see your inbox and you can simply select anything to print. The slightly odd thing is that you do not print mails or photos from within the standard Apple application (mail / Safari / Photos). You do it all from within the Samsung App. So if I want to print a mail, I exit out of the Apple Mail app and open the Samsung Print App. Then go to the mail from within the Samsung App and click print. It's a bit back to front but it's easy to use and works fine. Same for Photos, Safari etc.
If you want to scan, you need to configure an account from your PC or Mac. You set up a scanning account which basically tells the printer where it should save the .pdf scan onto your PC or Mac. Once that account is set up, it will sync with your printer. To scan something, you scan it on the printer and select "send to PC". As long as your PC or Mac is switched on, it will then send the .pdf wirelessly to your computer and save it in the folder you specified. It will even automatically open up your e-mail program on your PC and attach the .pdf to a blank mail (if you configure it to do so). Very neat indeed. You can also save the scan to a USB if you prefer. The PC has a USB port on it and you just pop your USB stick in and away you go.
WHAT'S THE PRINT QUALITY LIKE?
Pretty standard laser printer quality. No issues at all.
HOW QUICK IS IT?
Quite slow to warm up (30 secs?) but once it is on and warmed up, it's acceptably quick. Large files can take a minute or so to arrive at the printer (particularly large hi-res photos). That's just the time it takes to transmit the file over the wireless network.
CAN I USE IT WITH A CABLE?
Yup - you don't have to use it wirelessly. It comes with a standard printer cable too.
ANYTHING ELSE TO NOTE?
Not really. Cost per page is on the high side. A set of 4 colour toners is around £140, BUT a set will do 1,500 pages. An inkjet may seem cheaper, but a set of inkjet cartridges in 4 colours costs around £40 and they usually only to around 450 pages. So not much different. The toner is 3 times the price but it prints 3 times as many sheets. Plus side is that Toner is dry so you don't get blocked nozzles etc if you don't use the printer regularly.