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Samsung SCX-3405W - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Samsung believes the SCX-3405W laser printer can manage 20ppm and we got to 16.9ppm when printing our 20-sheet text document, which isn't far short. On the smaller, 5-page document, we only saw 12ppm, but this is still a fair speed for this class of printer.

The 5-page text and graphics print reached 13ppm, because it's a multi-copy print, with only a single page of rasterisation. A single page A4 copy from the flatbed took only 10s, a very impressive result, and the same was true of a 15 x 10cm photo, even at best print quality.

Samsung SCX-3405W - Open

Print quality is generally very good, with crisp, well-formed text, thanks to the effective resolution of 1,200dpi. Toner save mode, which isn't a true draft mode, as it takes the same time to print as normal, is as good as the best mode from some inkjets and is adequate for internal documents.

Greyscales are also well reproduced, with little of the banding or blotchiness mono lasers can suffer from. Darker shades of grey can tend to blend one to another, but generally the machine does better than average.

It doesn't do so well with greyscale copies, though, where areas of fill become very blotchy and full of unsightly spatterings. Our test photo, while showing crisp detail in light areas, lost definition in the shadows, which often blurred to black.

Samsung SCX-3405W - Cartridge

With just a single drum and toner cartridge, costing around £42, running costs come out at 3.6p per ISO page. This is a fair running cost comparatively, though you can get lower from some HP mono lasers.

Verdict

The SCX-3405W is a good, versatile, mono laser all-in-one, where Samsung has obviously worked hard to provide an enhanced set of eco-facilities in what is still a very low cost machine. The provision of wireless connection and direct print from phones and tablets is also unusual in a budget laser device, though more and more manufacturers are looking at providing these.

buick 455

September 15, 2013, 11:42 am

can you print color with a color toner

ron

October 23, 2013, 3:11 pm

had this a year, works very well, though not yet been possible to connect wirelessly, says it can but 10 people have tried and i dont think its possible. wifi printer light only lights for 30 seconds and printer cannot be found by windows 7 wirelessly.

OldArkie

December 7, 2013, 11:13 pm

I bought one this afternoon to replace this nightmare of a Kodak printer. I had no problem getting it set up to my Windows 7 computer & running off several church bulletins. So far its 100% better than the Kodak, the Kodak printer was a nightmare from the beginning until I replaced it today.

er ching

January 9, 2014, 1:08 am

I started to use the machine 4 months ago, it performed very good, but recently I come across a problem which is "paper jam". I clear the jam carefully and completely, no more paper left inside the machine but the error still exit. I tried to uninstall and reinstall it but still unable to solve the problem. Can anyone help me?

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