Review: Samsung SCX-3405W

Samsung SCX-3405W

Our score: 3/5
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May 30, 2012 11:00 AM
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Published: May 30, 2012 9:00 AM
By Marine Goy
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
The Samsung SCX-3405W is a mid-range, wireless multifunction mono laser printer. It is an eco-friendly device, with both its "Energy Star" label and Eco button. The Eco button located on the control panel is meant to save electricity and paper. Samsung is advertising the SCX-3405W as an efficient, economical and ecological multifunction device.

Design & Build2/5



This white, rectangular machine is small for a multifunction printer (40.2 x 29.3 x 29.9 cm), weighing 6.7 kg. The 64 MB of RAM allow for convenient sharing within a group of 30 employees. It prints, copies and scans, has a Wi-Fi interface, and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Interestingly for an ecology-oriented product, the SCX-3405W does not perform double-sided printing. There's no card reader, a component that most printers of this type feature.

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With covers open

The control panel is user-friendly, with a small LCD surrounded by a handful of buttons. The Eco button activates a resource-saving mode and the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Set-Up) button allows you to configure the printer for Wi-Fi with a simple press of a button on your modem.

Screen
Tilting control panel

The toner slot is located below the glass document table, deep within the guts of the machine, but it's easier to access than you might think.

Toner slot
Toner slot

With Eco mode activated the SCX-3405W automatically prints a layout with two pages fit onto one side and reduces the amount of toner used. If it's optimal rendering you're looking for, you'll want to turn this function off: Eco mode overrides all other driver settings.

The MobilePrint app allows you to print from your mobile device. Once installed, MobilePrint will print photos (beware of quality), web pages straight off the Internet and documents stored on the mobile device or on a Google Docs account. Also practical, you can receive scanned documents right on your phone.
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Print Speed4/5



The SCX-3405W's print speeds are perfectly adequate for a small team. It prints documents at 19 pages per minute (ppm). That's slower than the 27 ppm found on Brother's MFC-7860DW multifunction colour printer, but it's faster than the Samsung SCX-3205W's 15 ppm.


PPM

Print Quality3/5



The advertised 1200 dpi resolution is higher than average. In theory, this should mean good results. In reality, the performance is much less clear-cut: letters and shading are precise, but the delta E 94 (which measures colour difference) indicates a relative lack of accuracy in the grey tones. For regular, old text documents the quality is more than adequate, but with photos and complex graphs you quickly reach the limits of the SCX-3405W. Black tones are very dark and the overall image lacks nuance in the details.

Deltastd
Average delta E 94 (colour difference): 10.1


Scan & Copy3/5



The copier is also fast: 9 seconds per page. However, copy mode has the same drawbacks as  print mode: it alters images and produces lines that are less precise. This printer is best used for basic text documents.

Deltacopy(1)


Power Use & Noise3/5



The SCX-3405W consumes 3 W in sleep mode. That's pretty low, but many laser printers go all the way below 1 W. So that could be improved. During use, however, the SCX-3405W's 320 W of energy consumption is one of the lowest on the market.


Cost Per Page3/5



As is often the case, the ink cartridge that comes with the SCX-3405W isn't full, producing 700 pages. Replacement cartridges will last 1,500 pages for £54. This brings the cost per page to 3.6 pence, which is high for a laser printer but common with inexpensive printers.

Toner cartridge Price (starting at) Lifespan Cost per page
MLT-D1042S (black) £54 1500 3.6 pence


There are three different versions of this model:
> SCX-3405: without Wi-Fi, £90
> SCX-3405F: with fax, without Wi-Fi, £153
> SCX-3405FW: with fax and Wi-Fi, £100
3/5 Samsung SCX-3405W DigitalVersus 2012-05-30 10:00:00

Pros

  • Compact
  • Wireless
  • MobilePrint app prints directly off mobile devices

Cons

  • No double-sided printing
  • Included ink cartridge only partially full
  • No card reader

Conclusion

This model is suitable for consumers looking for a basic, compact, multifunction mono laser printer. An eco-friendly device, it offers a mode for saving paper and toner. The Wi-Fi function makes the SCX-3405W easy to share within a team of colleagues and enables it to print via mobile devices.

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