Office multifunction printers range from a simple inkjet for the home office right up to large departmental devices. Samsung's SCX-5635FN comes in around midway between these two and is intended for a medium-size workgroup or perhaps the entire office of a small company.
It’s a big, robust machine with its chassis matching the full width of its flatbed scanner. The scanner is fitted with a generous, 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and the control panel has plenty of room for its small number of buttons. The fold-down, 50-sheet multipurpose paper tray looks almost lost in the SCX-5635FN's big front face. A 250-sheet main paper tray sits at the bottom and a second, optional tray of the same capacity can be fitted underneath.
A fully bitmapped LCD display, which normally shows four lines of characters, is skirted down the right-hand side by three illuminated mode buttons for fax, copy and scan. Further right, there's one of Samsung's illuminated, four-way control wheels and a numeric pad for entering fax numbers or pin numbers for secure printing.
To the left of the display are buttons for ID card copy - where both sides of a card can be scanned and printed out on a single sheet – and scan to or print from a USB drive. A large green LED set into the front lip of the machine turns red for error conditions and can conveniently be seen across an office.
At the back of the SCX-5635FN are sockets for USB and Ethernet, as well as for a phone line and separate handset if you choose to use one. Physical setup is straightforward as the machine uses a single, integrated drum and toner cartridge. These have generous capacities of 4,000 pages for the standard-yield and 10,000 pages for the high-yield consumables.
Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and for various distributions of Linux. The machine can also be used with Citrix and SAP, but only in a compatibility mode. The peculiarly named SmarThru 4 and SmarThru Office applications are also supplied for basic document scanning and printing.