Design & Build
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Average delta E 94 (colour difference): 10.1
Scan & Copy
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.
Power Use & Noise
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 Page
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
- MobilePrint app prints directly off mobile devices
- No double-sided printing
- Included ink cartridge only partially full
- No card reader
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.