Slap a trendy feature such as Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on an older model and give it a different name.
That seems to be the idea behind the Xpress C1810W, which is almost identical to the company's older CLP-415NW model.
Before you can use the NFC feature, your smartphone must have the Samsung Mobile Print app (iOS and Android) installed.
Once paired, the Mobile Print app can send print jobs to the C1810W wirelessly. Besides documents and photos stored on the phone, the app can access files from your cloud storage, and e-mail and social network accounts.
Unlike more expensive models with touchscreens, the C1810W has a typical two-line monochrome LCD display. I recommend downloading Samsung's printer manager app to change its settings using your computer.
This app is also useful as it lets you tweak the settings for the printer's Eco mode. This mode saves ink by printing multiple pages on a single sheet. It also prints in greyscale rather than colour.
A side panel gives access to the waste toner box, which Samsung said will need to be replaced after roughly 14,000 monochrome pages.
If you get a paper jam, which I did not encounter during testing, simply turn the machine around and open up the back panel.
It is a hassle to use the manual feeder. It is mounted on top of the paper tray so you have to pull the tray out and slot the paper into the feeder before closing it. The tray will take 250 sheets of paper.
The only major feature lacking here is automatic double-sided printing. It is still possible if you feed the paper manually, but this is obviously not as convenient.
Samsung claims the C1810W is able to print 18 black-and-white or colour A4 pages in a minute. According to my stopwatch, the printer took 1min 18sec for 20 black-and-white pages, which is not too shabby. The text looks crisp and sharp for the black-and-white pages while the colour pages look decent.
The starter toners that ship with the printer are good for 1,000 black-and-white pages and 700 colour pages. Refills are estimated at 2,500 pages for black and 1,800 pages for colour.
This laser colour printer is perfect for small offices and home users. It does not take up too much space and is relatively affordable.
Yield: Up to 2,500 standard pages per cartridge (black) and 1,800 pages per cartridge (colour)
Print resolution: Up to 9,600 x 600 dots per inch
Speed: Up to 18 pages per minute (black), 18 pages per minute (colour)
Value for money 4/5
This article was published on Aug 20 in Digital Life, The Straits Times.
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