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Samsung C460FW review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £299
inc VAT

Good NFC and networking support, but this printer is expensive to run

Other printers may let you print from a mobile devices, but Samsung’s C460FW lets you use near-field communication (NFC) to make the process easier. The C460FW is a compact, colour laser-class MFP with wired and wireless networking support, a 40-page automatic document feeder (ADF), and a two-line monochrome display.

Samsung C460FW

A couple of things immediately seem out of place for an MFP at this price. There’s only one paper input tray, with a capacity of only 150 pages. This measly capacity means you’d have to refill it 133 times to meet the printer’s theoretical maximum duty of 20,000 pages in a month. There’s no manual feed and no duplex printing.

Samsung C460FW

This is the first four-pass colour printer we’ve seen in a long time. In such printers there’s a single drum rather than separate drums for each colour. This reduces consumables, but it means colour pages must pass the drum once each for black, cyan, magenta and yellow, reducing colour prints to about a quarter of the speed of mono. Here the drum is rated for 16,000 mono or 4,000 colour pages, while the toners are good for 1,500 pages (black) or 1,000 pages (cyan, magenta and yellow).

Samsung C460FW

In medium or heavy use you’ll clearly be changing consumables fairly often. Over three years of light use comprising a total of 2,400 mono and 1,200 colour pages, we calculate that the C460FW will cost £580 to buy and run (not including paper or electricity). Medium use of 18,000 mono and 9,000 colour pages would increase this figure to £1,916.

Expanded Scan Driver

A decent scan interface, but it’s not immediately obvious how to expand it to access the settings panel

With this in mind, the strengths of the C460FW seem less relevant. Its print quality was high, with beautifully crisp text, and scans were sharply focused up to its maximum optical resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi). Photocopies were a little gloomy at default settings, but were fairly quick. Scans were fast, too, and the MFP scanned an A4 document at 300dpi in 30 seconds. The print speeds we recorded were less impressive, though. Fourteen pages per minute (ppm) is uncompetitive for mono printing, as is the 3.8ppm colour print time.

Default Print

Samsung’s print driver opens with a simple set of presets covering most jobs

One good thing about the C460FW is its size, and its light use figures mean it could be a good personal MFP for a home office. However, we’d recommend the Kyocera FS-C2026MFP+ if you’ll be doing a lot of printing and can devote space to it.

Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi
Max optical resolution600x600dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A418ppm
Quoted speed, colour A44ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.057s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.01m 9s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Noise (in normal use)53dB(A)
Duty cycle20,000 pages (max)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity150
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity150
Duplex (code, cost if option)No


Language(s)PCL 5c, PCL 6, PostScript 3
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, various Linux distributions
Maximum printer memory128MB
Other laser features and optionsTwo-line LCD screen

Buying Information

Price per colour A4 page12.2p
Price of 2nd paper cassetteN/A
Warrantyone year RTB

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview14s
A4 document at 150dpi14s
A4 document at 300dpi30s
6x4in photo at 600dpi24s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiFail
Single 35mm negative at 2400dpiN/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.013s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.033s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.048s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Copier zoom range25-400%

Fax Features

Fax modem speed33.6Kbit/s
Max mono fax resolution300x300dpi