Samsung’s stable of small mono laser printers and all-in-ones has proved very popular, combining small, neat footprints with good reliability and reasonable running costs. The first model we've seen from the company's new line, the SCX-3205, builds on the core strengths of the earlier range and adds two extra buttons on the control panel.
Small, unimposing and black are the three words that best describe the look of this machine. Cuboid and without the flair to the scanner section that earlier models had, this machine takes up very little room, given what it can do. The flatbed scanner has a stretch-hinged lid, so you can easily scan thin books as well as single sheets, and in front of the lid is a thin, gloss-black control panel.
As well as the Start and Stop buttons and one to power the machine on and off, there's a bright blue, two-digit LED display for the number of copies and for certain error conditions, with large plus and minus buttons alongside. The Print Screen button prints whatever is on the screen of a connected PC and the Eco-Print button saves on paper and toner costs.
When the Eco-Print button is glowing green, printouts are automatically converted to two pages per sheet and toner save is switched in. There's also an ID card button that triggers a scan of each side of the card before reproducing both on a single page – useful for HR departments, everywhere. These are all useful extensions to the standard feature set for an all-in-one, which adds value to the basic machine.
The only paper tray, with a capacity of 150 sheets, is on the inside of the front cover and there's no paper tray cover as found on the Dell 1250c, which is a shame. At the back is a single USB socket, the only data connection, though if you need wireless networking there is the SCX-3205W, for around £20 more.
As usual, drivers for Windows and OS X are included on the CD and Linux drivers are also available. Also supplied are the AnyWeb utility for printing web pages and the Smart Panel status display.
Installing the drum and toner cartridge involves lifting the scanner section and the cover to the printer section. The cartridge slides down into metal runners, which are easier to locate than the plastic guides in so many laser printers.