Samsung SCX-4600 review

Samsung’s SCX-4600 is essentially its ML-1915 with knobs on – the knobs in question being quality scanning and copying components that upgrade this to a full-blown multifunction device.

The extra space required for the scanner and copier means the SCX-4600 isn’t as compact and streamlined as the ML-1915, and it tips the scales at 10.6kg. It’s not ugly, though, with its curvy black case, and is pretty sturdy. The SCX-4600 is better for the home than the office, as it doesn’t have a network connection, just USB.

The input tray holds up to 250 sheets, while the output tray holds just 80 sheets – but you’re unlikely to rely on a low-priced model like this for large print jobs.

The SCX-4600 retains the ML-1915’s Print Screen button. Hit this button to print out whatever’s on the screen at the time, or, should you want to print the active window, hold it down for a few seconds.

The SCX-4600 was slightly faster than the ML-1915, and in Normal mode it printed text at a respectable 17.6 pages per minute (ppm). The Best mode took only slightly longer, with a speed of 16.2ppm. For both, text was smooth and well defined – it’s superior to any inkjet, and faster for quality prints.

Graphics printing took longer (13.6ppm and 12ppm for an A4 photo in Normal and Best modes), but the results were clear – good enough for diagrams, PowerPoint presentations, and even the odd photo.

One niggle is that the laser sometimes needs extra time to start print jobs where the content differs (moving from text to graphics, for instance). We sometimes registered an extra 30 seconds on top of the normal times.

If you’re not constantly switching between content types, though, the SCX-4600’s speed is very good.

The SCX-4600 can scan too, and reproduction was fairly faithful. The scanner lid has a hinge, so can accommodate books and thick media rather than only paper-thin content.

OUR VERDICT

If anything, the SCX-4600 is an even better printer than the ML-1915. It’s marginally faster, and the quality of prints seems slightly improved. With a modest price and a very flexible scanning component, this counts as another outstanding purchase from Samsung.

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