Samsung Xpress C1810W review

Samsung’s Xpress C1810W is a colour laser printer aimed at moderate use in a small office or workgroups. It can print up to 18 black or colour pages per minute (ppm), and supports wired and wireless networking. The only significant omission is automatic double-sided printing, but we wouldn’t necessarily expect it at this price.

Samsung Xpress C1810W

Apart from a decent control panel with a two-line monochrome LCD display, there isn’t much to this printer’s appearance, but its 250-sheet cassette is topped by a flat deck serving as a single-sheet bypass. You need to withdraw the arrangement almost fully before you can pivot up the bypass tray and re-load the cassette, while the bypass itself isn’t as convenient as a simple slot in the front cover.

Samsung web interface supplies

Administrators can monitor and configure the printer via its password-protected web interface

The C1810W supports Google Cloud Print, and mobile printing through AirPrint or via Samsung’s MobilePrint app. Here the printer’s NFC support serves as an easy way to pair it with a device that isn’t already on the office network. Like HP, Samsung now has a print service plug-in for Android, allowing printing directly from within apps which support it, rather than only using MobilePrint.

Samsung Mobile Print App

AirPrint is supported, and there’s a Mobile Print app (pictured) for Android

This printer isn’t too quick to start, with the first page of a mono print job taking 16 seconds to print from standby, and 25 seconds from sleep. It’s quicker from that point, though, printing at 15.5ppm in our 25 page letter test. Unusually in this price range, the C1810W isn’t much slower in colour, managing a good 13.6ppm over our complex graphical test. This printer produced cracking black text with razor-sharp edges, and exceptionally good colour graphics with a lovely, even sheen. The only blot was a blue bias in photographs.

Samsung Xpress C1810W

Cheap laser printers usually let themselves down with unreasonable running costs, but that’s not exactly the case here. We worked out the cost of a full-colour page to be 11.4p, of which the black component is about 2.1p. Overall that’s a couple of pence cheaper than competitors such as the Xerox Phaser 6500N or Dell C2660DN, but still far more than an inkjet alternative.

Samsung Xpress C1810W

If you must have a colour laser, this printer’s solid speed, great results and comparatively low running costs are enough to give it the edge over the competition, although the Xerox Phaser 6500N is the better choice if print quality is paramount. Basic Specifications Rating

***** Maximum native print resolution

600x600dpi Maximum enhanced print resolution

9,600x600dpi Quoted Speeds Quoted speed, mono A4

18ppm Quoted speed, colour A4

18ppm Tested Speeds Mono page from sleep time 1.0

25s Colour page from sleep time 1.0

26s Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0

28s Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0

33s Physical and Environmental Standard printer interfaces

USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless Optional printer interfaces

none Size

264x417x423mm Weight

16.6kg Noise (in normal use)

50dB(A) Duty cycle

40,000 pages (max) Paper Handling Maximum paper size

A4/legal Maximum paper weight

220gsm Standard paper inputs

2 Standard paper input capacity

251 Maximum paper inputs

2 Maximum paper input capacity

251 Duplex (code, cost if option)

No General Printer technology

single-pass colour laser Language(s)

PCL 5e, PCL 6c, PostScript3, PDF 1.7 Supported operating systems

Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, various Linux distributions Standard printer memory

256MB Maximum printer memory

512MB Other laser features and options

Two-line mono LCD display Buying Information Price

£176 Price of 2nd paper cassette

N/A Capacity of supplied black toner

1,000 pages Capacity of supplied colour toners

700 pages Capacity of supplied drum(s)

N/A Estimated colour TCO – three years medium

£1375.48 Estimated colour TCO – three years heavy

£5065.07 Warranty

one year RTB Supplier Details Consumable parts and prices

£14 (ISO/IEC 24712) Tested Print Speeds Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0

28s Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0


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