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Good value laser 3 in 1,
This review is from: Samsung SCX-3405W Wireless Multifunction Mono Laser Printer (Print/Scan/Copy) (Accessory)
I wanted a printer that would print a moderate number of mono documents for university. I did a lot of research before buying and this seemed like the best option at the time as it was reasonably cheap to buy and has wireless, scanning and photocopying capabilities. After using it for the last 6+ months I can say that it has a lot of very good points. It prints quickly and the text quality is excellent. The printer is nice and compact and fits well into my existing workspace. The build quality is generally good and compares very favourably to a lot of the printers that I looked at (i.e the lid doesn't feel like it may snap off in your hand). The included starter toner has a capacity of 700 pages which is reasonable, but the £45 cost of the replacement one (1500 pages) should be a factor in deciding whether this printer is suitable for you. I think it works out about 3p a page at current toner prices, which I think is fine for a decent quality mono print.
Unfortunately there are a few minor niggles which mean that I cannot give this 5 stars. The paper tray is a little on the small side and is a little temperamental when feeding the paper. The design of the tray means that the paper can quite easily be pushed in too far, or not far enough, which results in the paper refusing to feed through. Fortunately this only requires a minor adjustment and opening/closing the lid slightly to reset. Nevertheless, the paper has never jammed within the printer for me. The wireless setup was a bit of a pain for me due to the print software being broken and my router not having WPS. Make sure you get the 77MB file from the UK Samsung website and not the 38MB file that appears at the top of a Google search. The 38MB file mysteriously omits the wireless wizard that you need to enable the wireless without WPS.
On balance, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and considering the lack of alternatives I would not hesitate to recommend this printer.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2013, 14:31:00 BST
I'd just like to add that I've given up on the wireless now, as it required frequent re-installation of the drivers to get it working. In the printer's defence, my router is old and basic and probably confused the Samsung software. Nevertheless, I've found the Samsung software to be terrible, prone to crashing and unintuitive when managing the set-up options. I'm now using it over USB with the standard Windows drivers and it's still a good printer. I can't recommend using it for wireless only use, but you might have more luck than me. My Dad's Canon Pixma works flawlessly in wireless mode, but unfortunately they don't do an equivalent of this model.
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