Test Center Head-to-Head: 4 Multifunction Printers


The Samsung SCX 3405FW is a bare-bones mono laser MFP for the small office or department doing less than 10,000 pages a month. This entry-level unit combines a high-resolution, one-sided color scanner and copier with options for faxing (the "F") and Wi-Fi (the "W"). Except for cable connections, all functions -- paper and toner service -- are performed conveniently from the front. A 700-sheet starter toner cartridge is included, about half its normal capacity. Samsung substitutes a paper cassette for a 150-sheet front-loading paper tray, saving some space. This main feeder can hold paper or up to 10 envelopes. The output tray holds 100 sheets; there is no two-sided option. The 3405's scanner has a 40-page auto-feeder and scan-to-PC function. There are no ports for printing from or storing to USB drives or data cards, but the Wi-Fi option supports Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or Samsung's own Mobile Print App for Android and iOS devices. Samsung's laser printed at 21 ppm, but setup took longer and was more involved than we would've liked. Still, for $199, this entry-level laser MFP performed up to spec.

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