by November 10, 2003 0 comments



This MFD has a flatbed monochrome laser printer, digital copier and colour scanner. Our test confirmed the printer’s claimed print speed of 17 ppm. But, the speed slows to 15 ppm when printing 30 or more copies. You get minor banding when printing graphics. The copy speed came to 16 copies per min, which is also the rated. With copying, you can reduce/enlarge copies from 25% to 400%, clone images and make poster. You can also copy two sides of small-sized cards or images on one sheet. You can scan 24-bit colour, 256 colours, grayscale and black and white. The scan speeds were 29 secs for a pre-scan and 1.55 mins for a full 24-bit colour, 300 dpi scan. Grayscale scanning was much faster at 47 secs. The software bundle comes with an OCR software. For scanned images, there’s a Web-publishing software that creates thumbnails of images. Other software include a Fax gate (serves as a client for any fax servers in your network) and an Internet gate (the software’s mail client). The mail client has support for news servers, HTML stationery, digital signature, encryption, delivery-scheduler, spell-check, address book and even voice recording. You can connect the MFD to your computer via a USB 1.1 cable or the serial port. The cartridge is claimed to last for 3,000 pages with 5% ink coverage. The body of the MFD sports a few buttons, mostly for copying options. You can save toner by pressing a single button. The two-line 16 character LCD displays print/copy/scanning status and you get to access a few menu options there as well. It’s a useful device for small to medium offices with no colour or graphics print requirements and heavy use of scanning and copying. 

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Price : MFD: Rs. 35,000, cartridge: Rs. 3,300
Key specs : Monochrome laser printer, colour scanner, digital copier, compatible with Win 98 upwards and Mac 8.6 upwards
Contact : Samsung, Delhi. 
Tel : 51511234.
E-mail : farrukh@samsungindia.com    

Shruti Pareek

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