Samsung rates the all-in-one at 22ppm, but our 5-page test print took 23 seconds to complete, a speed of 13.0ppm. The 20-page document bumped this up to 15.6ppm, not that far off spec and a very reasonable performance for a £135 device. A single-page copy took 12 seconds and a 5-page copy from the ADF completed in a snappy 25s. Finally, a 15 x 10cm photo on A4 took 14 seconds, so you can get four in a minute.
Print quality is generally well up to scratch, too. Text from the enhanced 1,200dpi resolution print engine is clean and sharp, with no signs of spatter and smoothly-formed characters down to small point sizes.
Greyscale graphics are also smooth, with less patchiness than many low-end lasers show. There aren’t quite as many tones as there should be, though, so different colours in an original can come out as very similar greys. Photo print is reasonable, though as with so many mono lasers, darker shades tend to black, unless you lighten the image through gamma correction.
Photocopies of greyscale originals also suffer from over-dark and blotchy reproduction, but this is by no means confined to Samsung lasers. It seems the matrix of the scanner head clashes with that of the print head, a bit like moiré patterns you see when scanning a picture from a newspaper.
The machine uses a single-piece drum and toner cartridge and this is available in 1,000 and 2,500-page capacities. Using the higher yield consumable returns a cost per page of 2.80p, including 0.7p for paper.
This is not at all bad for a machine in this price range and shows Samsung doesn’t have to make too much on the consumables to ensure its pricing makes sense commercially. Since the SCX-4623F is aimed at the SOHO market, a 2,500-page capacity means you won’t be changing cartridges every month.
Adding fax and an ADF to the SCX-4600 makes a very handy personal all-in-one in the SCX-4623F. The whole machine is well designed and operation is easy and largely obvious. The extra screen print and ID print features are useful, though Samsung could make more of them by labelling the buttons! Print quality is good, speed is better and running costs are very moderate for a budget device. All in all, this is a great do-it-all accessory, for any small office where colour print isn’t an essential.