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Samsung SCX-3205W review

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The Samsung SCX-3205W is best suited to single-user environments

Despite its relatively low price, the SCX-3205W packs in a decent selection of features. It's primarily a single-user printer, but the inclusion of wired and wireless networking means it can be shared among a small workgroup if required. Its copy and scan features are also impressive at this price. There are downsides, of course, the most notable being the high running costs. 

Pros:

Small; wired and wireless network connectivity; decent print quality; good value

Cons:

High running costs; no auto-duplex feature

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £129

Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung has clearly tried to make the SCX-3205W mono laser printer as attractive as possible with its sleek black chassis and smooth rounded edges.

A strip of buttons runs along the top edge of the chassis, with a small blue LED display sitting in the middle. Don't expect too much from this display, though, as it's capable of displaying only two digits.

The SCX-3205 manages to pack in print, copy and scan features despite its compact size. The lid at the top opens to reveal an A4 scanner bed and, thanks to the two flexible hinges at the rear, scanning items such as thick books is no problem.

Sadly its diminutive appearance is ruined somewhat when you actually come to use the printer, since the input and output trays require flaps and the front to be opened out.

The printer will also require careful positioning, as these flaps are extremely easy to knock into.

Connectivity is good, though, with a standard USB port joined by Ethernet and built-in wireless. If you have a WPS-enabled wireless network, the SCX-3205W will link to it effortlessly thanks to the WPS button on the printer.

However, if your wireless network doesn't have this feature, you will first need to attach it to a computer via USB to configure the settings.

The printer lacks some features that business users may require, such as an auto-duplex function. It is possible to set up a manual duplex print, but this requires flipping the page yourself and is no good for large printouts.

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And, although it's not exactly a cutting-edge technology, the lack of a fax module may disappoint some.

The fact that the SCX-3205 houses only a 150-sheet input tray and a 50-page output tray further highlights that this printer is suited only to single-user or very small workgroup environments.

1,200dpi, 1,200ppi scanner, 16ppm, 5,000-page monthly duty cycle, 49dBA noise level (when printing), 128MB, 388 x 299 x 234mm, 7.4kg

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