Samsung CLX-3185FW

The CLX-3185FW includes a 15-sheet automatic document feeder, 256MB of memory and a 360MHz processor

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Samsung CLX-3185FW The CLX-3185FW is designed for businesses
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  May 8, 2011

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Key Specs

Connection: USB, Ethernet, WiFi
Duplex printing: N
Fax type: Colour
Max resolution: 1,200dpi
Memory: 256MB

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The CLX-3185FW is designed for both consumer and business use and thus sports features relevant to both types of users.

From a business perspective the MFD is outfitted with a 15-sheet ADF, sports two paper input trays that can handle 130-sheets each and features 256MB of memory and an Ethernet port for network connectivity. The Samsung also sports a quick 360MHz processor that, while not as fast as the CPU fitted to OKI's MC361dn, has enough grunt to tackle large print jobs. We were surprised however that the Samsung lacked a built-in automatic duplexer given its price point and positioning.

Home users will also find the lack of a PictBridge port disappointing and to make matters worse still, the Samsung lacks a memory card reader thus limiting PC-less printing. You can however use the machine's WiFi or USB connectivity the former of which will help you avoid relying on annoying cables.

On the performance front the Samsung proved slow. Feeding it our 20-page document it managed monochrome and colour speeds of just 14ppm and 3.8ppm. These figures were easily trounced by the nearly US $100 less expensive HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus. We saw similar results when we fed the machine our more intensive six page text and graphics PDF, the Samsung managed a figure of just 3.2ppm to the HP's 5.2ppm.

Verdict: Although it boasts a number of novel extras the Samsung struggles with the basics in terms of performance and bread-and-butter features.

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