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Samsung Xpress M2875FW review

Simon Handby
7 Oct 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
208
inc VAT

A fast, compact and flexible monochrome MFP with paper-saving features that help keep running costs down

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Samsung's M2875FW multifunction printer (MFP) is aimed at small and home businesses. It costs not much more than an entry-level device, but is more highly specified, with a quoted 28 page-per-minute (ppm) print speed, a 40-page automatic document feeder (ADF), faxing and wireless network support.

Samsung Xpress M2875FW

The M2875FW has a 250-sheet main paper cassette, with a single-sheet bypass above it that’s concealed by a flap. A two-line LCD screen makes it easy to configure the printer and join it to a network without help from a PC. Our only real criticisms are that the scanner assembly can't be tilted upwards to give better access to the 120-sheet output tray, and that the paper cassette protrudes slightly from the MFP's rear when it's loaded with A4; Samsung doesn't supply a dust cover.

Samsung Xpress M2875FW

Samsung's lightly updated print driver remains one of our favourites, as it presents the user with a clear set of shortcuts that cover day-to-day jobs and groups more advanced options into other tabs. The printer's Eco button causes it to default all users to configurable resource-saving options, such as 2-up duplex printing, which can reduce paper use to as low as one quarter.

Samsung Xpress M2875FW - Default Print

Samsung's clean print interface is one of the best

The M2875FW was very quick to produce high-quality mono prints, producing the first page of a job in only 16 seconds from sleep, and in 11 seconds from standby. It printed 25 pages of text in 62 seconds and took only a second longer to deliver 24 pages of graphics. Duplex printing was reasonably swift, with 10 pages printing onto five sheets in 65 seconds. Text was as good as we expect from a mono laser, but graphics were much better, with truly impressive shading that preserved contrast in very dark and very light areas. Although there was some subtle banding, we had to look quite closely to spot half-toning patterns.

We like Samsung's uncluttered, preset-based scan interface, but the custom settings and options to create or modify presets are so well hidden that we didn't spot them until after we'd conducted our timed tests. The scanner didn't return the sharpest images we've seen at 300dpi, but the results were fine for general office work. With a great printer and decent scanner we'd expect good photocopies, but the default results were far too dark, and we had to lighten them.

Samsung Xpress M2875FW - Scan Interface

Initially, we couldn't see how to create or modify presets, or use custom settings in the TWAIN interface

This MFP uses a 9,000-page drum and separate toner, which is available in a 3,000-page high capacity version. With these, running costs work out at just under 1.9p per page, which is acceptable, if not quite as low as we'd like. Combining speed, quality, value and a three year collect and return warranty, the M2875FW is a good mono MFP for small firms looking to keep a lid on paper costs.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Max optical resolution1,200x1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A428ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.119s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.026s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size401x362x367mm
Weight11.3kg
Noise (in normal use)50dB(A)
Duty cycle12,000 pages (max)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity251
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity251
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologymono laser
Language(s)PCL5e, PCL6
Maximum printer memory128MB
Other laser features and options2-line LCD screen

Buying Information

Price£208
Consumable parts and prices£32
Price of 2nd paper cassetteN/A
Warrantythree years collect and return
Supplierhttp://www.printerland.co.uk
Detailswww.samsung.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview13s
A4 document at 150dpiFail
A4 document at 300dpi16s
6x4in photo at 600dpiFail
6x4in photo at 1200dpiFail

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.010s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.039s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99

Fax Features

Fax memory (maximum mono pages)600