Need to buy a gift for somebody who loves technology but you can’t afford the big ticket items?
Samsung SCX-5835FN monochrome laser multifunction
Samsung's high-end monochrome laser multifunction is speedy and provides good print quality
- Fast printing, touch panel, Web-based job manager
- Limitations on use of internal hard drive, inaccurate colours in scans, expensive
Samsung's SCX-5835FN isn't as affordable as other monochrome laser multifunctions, but it provides an internal hard drive and inexpensive consumables to compensate.
Price$ 2,699.00 (AUD)
Samsung's SCX-5835FN monochrome laser multifunction offers an internal hard drive, cheap consumables and fast printing: everything you would expect from a large office multifunction. Unfortunately, its price tag is similar to colour laser multifunctions.
It is an expensive multifunction, but it has an integrated fax, automatic duplexing (for double-sided printing) and an internal 80GB hard drive to store print jobs. USB and Ethernet ports are available for hooking the printer up directly to a PC or connecting it to a network; there are also two additional USB ports for direct printing and scanning.
The Samsung SCX-5835FN laser multifunction has the same boxy shape and bland grey colour scheme the market has seen for years, though we do like some aspects of its design. Unlike the CLP-660ND colour laser printer, the output pile is situated in the middle of the printer's front panel, making printed pages easy to retrieve.
Samsung has implemented a large touch panel on the SCX-5835FN that is similar to those on the larger multifunctions found in medium to large businesses. The main menu provides quick access to scan, copy and fax functions, as well as job storage and SmarThru Workflow (an optional software feature that provides greater control over scanning). The touch panel is quite responsive and fairly easy to use, though doesn't significantly increase functionality compared to a physical control panel.
Like Fuji Xerox's DocuPrint C1190FS, you can password protect individual files sent to the hard drive by choosing a four digit PIN when printing a document. However, the SCX-5835FN lacks the ability to configure user print and scan boxes like the Konica Minolta's bizhub 421. There is also no way to transfer files from a USB flash drive to the internal hard drive.
Toner is replaced through a panel below the output tray, and this also doubles as a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray for different sized media. A 500-sheet cassette tray sits on the bottom, and you can add an additional 500-sheet tray for $473.
Samsung targets the SCX-5835FN at workgroups printing 5000 pages per month, but it has a quoted duty monthly cycle of 80,000 pages. Consumables are cheap, averaging 3c per A4 page when using high-yield toners. The Web interface offers access to many of the same functions available from the touch panel, as well as some additional network security options like IP filtering. A big boon is the Java-based Job Manager, which mimics the job queue found on the printer itself. From here you can upload files to be printed — though only PRN and PDF files are supported — as well as keep track of printed files and monitor internal hard drive use.
Provided the Samsung SCX-5835FN monochrome laser multifunction printer hasn't entered energy-saving mode, it is speedy. The first page of a document is printed in an average of 10 seconds, while subsequent pages are printed at a consistent rate of 35.3 pages per minute.
Text characters in monochrome documents are accurate and very readable. Smaller type tends to appear a dark grey rather than black, a problem the SCX-5835FN solves through its "Print All Text to Darken" feature. Unlike the Samsung CLP-660ND colour laser printer's poor implementation of the same feature, enabling this option on the SCX-5835FN makes text darker and easier to read without bolding text or sacrificing accuracy. Blacks are not consistent enough for large high quality graphics, but the laser multifunction does a reasonable job for small images.
Scanned graphics are generally under-saturated, which causes some inaccurate colours, but they still provide sufficient detail. Scans can be initiated from the touch panel and sent directly to local or networked computers, as well as to SMB/FTP shares or e-mailed. Disappointingly, there is no way to scan to the internal hard drive.
Though there are limitations on the use of its internal hard drive, the Samsung SCX-5835FN remains a capable workgroup multifunction printer for use in small businesses.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Nova 3e: P20 in a pinch
- 2 Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises
- 3 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 4 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 5 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- HP launches Omen by HP Challenger Series Tournament
- These are the best deals in Catch’s $4M Electronics Clear Out sale
- Samsung Australia announces breakthrough demand for Galaxy Note9 pre-sales
- HP Omen laptops include a first: Nvidia Max-Q graphics technology
- HP's Omen X Compact Desktop can morph into a backpack VR PC
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Hands on with Huawei's Mate 20 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Oppo Find X: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies