Setting up the SCX-3405fw
The manual set up for the SCX-3405fw was basically the same as the ML-2165w – unpack, prepare the single toner cartridge, load paper by flipping open the front panel and plug it in. If you plan on using the fax machine, you?ll also need to plug in the telephone line (Samsung provides one, or use your own).
You?ll need to then pop in the provided CD to install the software; this is where the two machines begin to differ since users will need to install double the software found on the ML-2165w. But customers still have the option to select the software they install so you can stick to the nitty gritty if you so choose.
If you decide to connect the SCX-3405fw over a wireless connection and have a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) router, simply press the WPS button on the printer for a few seconds. When the device is connected, the WPS LED light will stay lit. Otherwise, you can set up wireless connectivity via the provided USB cable or using the control panel on the SCX-3405fw.
Ease of Use
As far as software goes, you?ll find the basic Samsung Easy Print Manager and, if you so choose, you can install Samsung?s Easy Color Manager, AnyWeb Print and SmarThru Office, but they aren?t vital to the printer basic functionality. The Easy Print Manager is sort of a ?home base,? it offers links to Scan Assistant, PCFax, SyncThru Web Service and Samsung?s website. If you have any of the additional software installed, links to them will also appear.
Samsung Scan Assistant is the scan software provided allowing customers to scan color or black and white documents and images to their computer through the glass flatbed or ADF. Users can operate with the factory settings or set their own scan preferences with custom image type, resolution, document size, document source, multiple pages, auto crop, blank page detection and more.
PCFax is fairly basic; add the files you want to send, then input the details: recipients and their fax number as well as an optional cover page. You can preview before you send.
Or send a fax the old fashioned way using the SCX-3405fw control panel. I used both devices to send faxes with no problem and I received faxes via the SCX-3405fw in black and white.
If you decided to set up the SCX-3405fw over a network, you?ll have access to the SyncThru Web Service which gives users real time status reports, supplies information, usage counts, current settings, print information and maintenance information.
However, you can access all of the above information using the EasyPrint Manager or using the status monitor so no worries if you decide to set up your device via a USB connection.
You can also adjust most of these same settings using the print properties/preferences menu found in your browser or word processor.
Print Speed and Quality
Samsung advertises the SCX-3405fw as being capable of print speeds up to 21 ppm, the same print speeds we saw during the ML-2165w review. Again, we found these speeds to be extremely accurate and consistent. The only time during our print tests the SCX-3405fw was slightly slower was coming from sleep mode. It took about 12 seconds to start printing from the sleep mode but still managed to print 18 ppm before rebounding to 21 ppm in the second minute.
The print quality was good, and I’ve come to expect that from Samsung after reviewing several of their laser products. You?ll find solid black text with no fading or other flaws in normal mode. The text is only slightly lighter in toner saver mode but the prints were nearly identical, which is great because you can literally print in toner saver mode all the time.
Like the ML-2165w, the SCX-3405fw only offers manual duplexing. Print speeds will vary because users will need to remove the first half of the job from the output bin, insert prints into the input bin and then press the ESP button to continue printing.
I would have liked to see Samsung include automatic duplexing and a front side USB port on the SCX-3405fw as additional features a customer would receive for upgrading to the multifunction unit.
I did have one paper jam during our review when the printer fed two sheets of paper instead of one. They both almost made it through but the second got stuck. I easily pulled it out and the printer continued the job.