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Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW
  • Samsung Xpress C1860FW

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • NFC Tap and Print
  • Front-panel USB
  • Eco-driver

Cons

  • Awkward multi-purpose feed
  • 20s pre-processing
  • Bangs and clunks

Key Features

  • Wireless Direct print
  • 18ppm claimed speed
  • Easy-change drum and toner cartridge
  • Large colour touchscreen
  • Direct print from Galaxy S devices
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £270.00

What is the Samsung Xpress C1860FW?

Since it entered it, Samsung has taken a substantial share of the colour laser printer and all-in-one market. The Xpress range has innovated with features such as NFC connection for easy mobile print and the C1860FW claims relatively high speeds and boasts useful touchscreen control. It’s aimed at small businesses and workgroups.

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Samsung Xpress C1860FW

Samsung Xpress C1860FW - Design and Features

In a black/brown and pale grey livery, the machine sits quite high off the desk, but has a comparatively small footprint, as compensation. The flatbed scanner is fitted with a 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) though, like the print engine itself, it’s a single-sided device.

In front of the scanner, occupying about two thirds of the printer’s width, is a control panel featuring a 110mm colour touchscreen, which handles most of the machine’s controls. The exceptions are Start and Stop buttons and a number pad for fax number entry and secure printing.

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Samsung Xpress C1860FW - Controls

Samsung Xpress C1860FW - Connections and Installation

Set into the right pillar below the control panel is a USB socket and this can be used for printing documents and as a destination for scans. At the bottom of the main printer section of the device is a 250-sheet paper tray, though there’s no option to increase this by adding an extra tray.

There’s also a multi-purpose feed, but it’s quite a business to use. Normally, a single sheet feed is a slot in the front of a printer where you can feed letterheads or envelopes. Here though, you have to remove the main paper tray and slide the one-off media into place, before replacing the tray. It makes it hardly worth using.

The Samsung C1860FW comes with USB and gigabit Ethernet connections, but to get the most use of its facilities, you need to connect it wirelessly. You then have network printing, but also direct print from mobile devices, which benefits from the tap and print facilities provided by NFC.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S phone, you don’t even need to download Samsung’s mobile print app, as the devices can see this machine directly and print to it.

apa ma'un

December 28, 2014, 12:29 pm

this is a good printer,i usually use this in my office Thanks For Sharing that.........

themasoman

February 27, 2015, 3:49 am

Serious design flaws. Both incoming and outgoing phone call wake up the device from stand-by even though the Fax feature is turned off. Shortens the life of the fuser as it warms up for no good reason. To enable/disable the Fax feature, you must use a computer and browser. The 4" touch-screen on the device is next to useless - the most common functions you would need are missing.

tom

May 6, 2015, 1:13 pm

Great looks. Not bad print quality. However.. Most of the multi-functions are poorly or not implemented at all. Feels like only 30% of the functions are there and working properly. The Scan feature cannot see any network PCs. The Scan to email does not show any email addresses even though they are few in the Address book. The fax cannot be turned off via the touch panel. Normal phone use pulls device out of standby. Called Samsung, they recommended pulling out the phone line. Really? The manual feed is like a puzzle with no signs where the paper (like A5) should align. Samsung website shows firmware upgrade but once installed it still shows the old version number. I have never owned a more frustrating device than this one. Well done Samsung.

amq

June 30, 2015, 1:48 pm

No duplex, not even manual. There is no such option in the print driver. You can't just flip the pages - they will be in a wrong order (e.g. you print odd pages first, 1,3,5,...99, then you flip and you have page 2 going on back of 99, 4 on 97, etc.). This printer is a disaster! DON'T BUY IT!

Iana Lissovskaia

September 8, 2015, 6:20 am

Do NOT buy this printer! All it is capable of doing is printing an odd one or two singe sided pages, and you would be lucky if you don't get ink smudges on the sides of the pages. Everything else - an absolute pain! Goes insane occasionally by continuing to print until it runs out of paper, spits pages all over the floor, scans are skewed, jams constantly, rips paper, the list goes on and on! What do Samsung do about it? Tell you that your house is too humid ("You live by the water, right? - "No, I don't...") and the temperatures are not right and you need to keep your paper in a special container (whatever that means...) and that your scanning is skewed because you don't align paper (wonder how they arrived at that conclusion, not like they were there even once). Their solution - go to court, we are not refunding you! Don't buy anything from Samsung if you don't want to deal with issues like this!

Samudra Mengering

June 10, 2016, 4:08 am

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gringo50010

August 3, 2016, 3:08 pm

Overall, the SL-c1860fw is a nice printer with a great feature set. Print and scan quality is very good. For the first 12 months, I was happy with my purchase.

However, in mid-2016, the generic after-market toner cartridges that I had been using for several months suddenly stopped working and the printer displayed an "Incompatible Toner Cartridge" error message. After some research and communications with Samsung's tech support, I learned that Samsung apparently updated their printers so they will no longer accept generic toner cartridges. Customers are now forced to buy genuine Samsung toner at three times the price. If you buy this printer, be aware that you'll now be spending around $350.00 every time you replace a set of toner.

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