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Samsung Xpress C1810W review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £176.40
inc VAT

A great colour laser that costs less to run than many competitors

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

Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution9,600x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A418ppm
Quoted speed, colour A418ppm

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.025s
Colour page from sleep time 1.026s
Time for two 10x8in photos 1.028s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.033s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Noise (in normal use)50dB(A)
Duty cycle40,000 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)No


Printer technologysingle-pass colour laser
Language(s)PCL 5e, PCL 6c, PostScript3, PDF 1.7
Supported operating systemsWindows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, various Linux distributions
Standard printer memory256MB
Maximum printer memory512MB
Other laser features and optionsTwo-line mono LCD display

Buying Information

Price of 2nd paper cassetteN/A
Capacity of supplied black toner1,000 pages
Capacity of supplied colour toners700 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s)N/A
Estimated colour TCO – three years medium£1375.48
Estimated colour TCO – three years heavy£5065.07
Warrantyone year RTB
Consumable parts and prices£14 (ISO/IEC 24712)

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.028s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.033s