Conclusion

December 18, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (12,399)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy Use
Samsung states that the CLX-4195fw uses 380 W when printing but this must be an average because clearly the printer’s energy use fluctuates as it moves through a job. I found spikes of 700W during a normal print job and lows of 100W during the same job. Averaged out it ends up around 400W, not too far off from the 380W in Samsung’s literature.

However, I found the energy use closer to 5W when the CLX-4195fw was in sleep mode and about 10 W in ready mode (LCD lit, scrolling through the touch panel).

The CLX-4195fw really does have a quick warm up waking up quickly from sleep (30 seconds or less) and from power off (about a minute). Energy levels stayed relatively low during the warm up cycles with the highest spike around 500W.

CLX-4195fw Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 laser: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 19 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 600 dpi
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen display
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder
  • Front side USB port
  • 533MHz processor w/ 256MB standard
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 40,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 250 sheet cassette, single sheet bypass tray
  • Connectivity: Wireless, Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

Conclusion

Two things stood out about the Samsung CLX-4195fw during testing: ease of use and print quality. Samsung isn’t lying when they deemed their software as “Easy”. Every program I used on my PC was well laid out; I loved the simplicity of the Easy Document Creator and the additions of the SNS Upload and E-Book Conversion.

Print quality was great with vivid color and better accuracy thanks to Samsung’s Rendering Engine for Clean Page technology (or at least that’s what they call it). I don’t have a microscope to analyze the edges of each individual letter but there is a noticeable difference in certain color images such as flesh tones on people. It’s still not inkjet photo quality and you will need to use better paper to get the maximum results but the technology has improved.

I was disappointed that a machine that retails for over $600 wouldn’t include automatic duplexing. Plus, with all the yapping about how eco-friendly the CLX-4195fw is, you’d think that would be a standard feature. I also had issues with cancelling jobs using the CLX-4195fw’s control panel. Again, it’s not very eco-friendly to have to print unnecessary pages, especially in my situation when the second unwanted job contained 40 additional pages.

Still, when it was all said and done, I came away with positive feelings about the CLX-4195fw’s performance. It was incredibly easy to use and it’s on par with any laser printer in its class when it comes to quality. And at the current sale price of $449.99, it’s definitely worth considering for your small or medium sized business.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung CLX-4195fw Color Multifunction Printer is available now through Samsung or authorized vendors for the sale price of $449.99, $193 off the suggested retail price of $642.99.


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