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HP Samsung Printers: A Complete Review
August 19, 2018
For those looking to upgrade their home or small business laser printer, the HP Samsung printer line is an appealing choice.
Like any piece of tech, however, it can be difficult to sort through the many options to find the product best-suited for your unique needs and lifestyle.
The following models come highly-ranked by users for their innovative features, slim appearance, and easy set-up and maintenance. See which of these favorites from the Samsung printer line are right for you.
Easy and secure setup from the box
If you remember the old days of setting up a new printer, it involved USB cables, a software disc, a bit of time, and a lot of patience.
Today’s Samsung models are designed for plug-and-play efficiency, which means you can get your print jobs going within minutes thanks to the wireless connection wizard included with your printer.
Samsung printers work with secure network connections, too, so you can make sure you’re only sharing the print function with approved co-workers and family members.
If you ever make changes to your network or connected devices, the Samsung software tools are ready to change with you so you can get back to printing in minutes.
Smart printing with a tap
One of the most exciting features of the Samsung printer suite is the NFC technology many of the Samsung models contain.
NFC (short for Near Field Communications) is a short-range wireless communication tech that allows you to communicate to the printer with your smartphone, simply by “tapping” the printer with your compatible device.
Most newer model Samsung phones and tablets are set up for this, but you can also install the app from your smartphone by tapping the NFC icon on your printer. You’ll be prompted to download the app or if you already have it installed you can start printing, scanning, or faxing with ease. Send a recipe to your printer from your phone, scan a page from a book to your email, or even fax a photo ID to your workplace without ever pressing buttons on the printer.
Just use the prompts within the app, then “tap” the device against the printer to instantly send, scan, and print files. The NFC feature is available on most of the Samsung laser printer models for home and office.
While Samsung has worked hard to create a laser printer that offers incredible value, they have also met a need with eco-friendly and economical features that conscientious consumers will appreciate. The company reduced the circuit boards in their printers from five to just one, deeply cutting the energy needed to power the printers, which in turn leads to energy savings for you.
The Easy Eco Driver function is another perk, since it reduces toner used when a box is checked before each print job. It analyzes the print task being processed to make slight changes, such as changing bolded text to unbolded or removing images. These alterations can be done without modifying the original document, giving users a chance to use less toner on static files, such as PDFs.
The one-touch Eco-button is another way that print jobs can be less taxing on the supply closet. By pushing this button, print jobs will follow any of a number of preset paper-saving rules. Large jobs with several blank pages throughout, for example, will be printed without the empty pages. The potential to save hundreds or thousands of pieces of paper is a big win.
Unlike some products on the market, Samsung laser printers are designed to fit your specific toner usage patterns.
Save by buying larger cartridges, which can print up to 3,000 pages for the standard toner cartridge and 15,000 pages for the ultra high yield toner cartridge. There are also sizes in-between for various-sized printing tasks. Cut costs by buying the highest yield cartridge for your print jobs, and get more usage when you print in bulk.
The assortment of media that these printers can take is also impressive. Even the lowest-priced multi-function Samsung model prints on a variety of paper sizes, including envelopes.
Media materials that work well in the Samsung line include recycled, cardstock, cotton, color, and archive papers, with thicknesses from 16 to 38 pounds recommended.
Top Samsung printer models
Now that you know some of the highlights of the line, here are the models ranked highest among both business and home users. The models range in size, output, and price, but they all contain the reliability and efficiency you expect from HP® and Samsung.
Samsung Xpress SL-M2070FW Laser Multifunction Printer
This printing workhorse is Samsung's most budget-friendly printer. The HP Samsung Xpress SL-M2070FW has all of the goodies mentioned in this article, including the NFC print tech and Eco-features but it won’t break the bank. The first-page-out time is under 9 seconds and it has good output for a value printer, since you can easily print up to 1,500 pages a month.
This model is a true all-in-one with print, copy, scan, and fax features. Choose between WiFi or WiFi Direct connections for the ultimate in networking and productivity. With an incredibly affordable price-point, it’s ideal for busy families that want to stay connected.
Samsung ProXpress SL-M4530ND Laser Printer
The HP Samsung ProXpress SL-M4530ND is the next step up in HP Samsung laser printer line. A high-capacity print drum lets you buy more toner at a better price per page, and the output on this model is phenomenal. You’ll get up to 45 pages per minute at the normal print quality.
The improved ReCP print technology (Rendering Engine for Clean Pages) will make you look like the polished professional you really are, because printed text font edges are cleaned up to be clear and pristine for the highest-resolution you can expect from a laser printer. The same crisp presentation appears on your scans and copies, too.
With two trays each handling between 100 and 500 pages - an output tray can hold 500 sheets - you can get more done between jobs and make fewer trips to the printer. The recommended monthly print volume is up to 15,000 pages, and with an upgraded 1 GHz dual-core CPU (and optional HDD storage add-on), you can do more faster than ever before.
Samsung Xpress SL-C480FW Color Laser Multifunction Printer
Are you looking for a little more color in your life? This value-priced laser printer can give you bold, full-color printing for less than you might think.
The HP Samsung Xpress SL-C480FW features all of the extras mentioned above, such as Eco-boost, NFC printing, and easy, USB-free setup. It can print up to 1,500 full-color pages between cartridge replacements, giving it high marks for affordability without sacrificing quality. The 800 MHz CPU helps it print fast, whether you send jobs from your PC, phone, or email.
With so many direct-print options (Samsung Cloud Print™, Google Cloud Print™, and AirPrint™), you can get any print task done in less time in your connected office via a secure wireless network.
This printer delivers up to 19 black-and-white pages per minute and four pages per minute in color. Get started right out of the box with plug-and-play functionality that will deliver your first color sheet within 26 seconds. This model prints, scans, copies, and faxes, too.
Which printer is right for you?
When choosing the perfect HP Samsung printer, it’s best to ask yourself what kind of jobs you’ll be doing most in your home or office.
Some questions to consider:
- Do I need color printing? Or will black and white suffice?
- How many sheets will I print per month?
- Do I need duplexing features, extra paper trays, or large output trays?
- How much do I want to spend on toner? How often will I need a refill?
- What sort of materials will I be printing?
- How fast do I need jobs to process?
- Will I need extra memory or processing speed to keep up?
- How many people will be using the printer?
- Is the printer for home or family use?
While many of HP’s Samsung laser printers have similar features and the same reliable technology, there’s no need to invest in a fax feature, for example, if you don’t ever plan to fax.
Likewise, color printing is unnecessary for a small business that does more than 90% of its print jobs in black and white. The good news is that the entire line of printers is economical, eco-friendly, and take up very little space. Even if you buy more than you need right now, you’ll find the choice to be a solid investment.
Unlike many clunky commercial printers, you can easily check your printer status, clear jams, and perform routine maintenance on your own - without the help of a dedicated technology rep or service company.
If you ever do run into problems or have questions with the best way to use all of the features on your new HP Samsung printer, the team at HP® is ready to assist you at any time.
So, which of these innovative and user-friendly laser printers will you choose?
About the Author: Linsey Knerl is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Linsey is a Midwest-based author, public speaker, and member of the ASJA. She has a passion for helping consumers and small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech solutions.