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Samsung Color Multifunction Printer (CLX-3185FW)

by Samsung

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  • The ultra-compact Samsung CLX-3185FW color laser MFP prints, copies, scans and faxes at a professional level,
  • Connect quickly and securely to your wireless network with the touch of a button, via the CLX-3185FW?s Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • Now you can print, copy, scan and fax with convenience, ease and speed with the ultra-versatile CLX-3185FW
  • The toner particles are smaller and more uniform, resulting in crisp lines and more subtly blended tones.
  • Samsung?s polyermerized toner process involves a wax layer and fine fusing, which protects printouts against folds and smudges
  • Fast printing
  • Ultra-versatile
  • Protects your wireless network for you
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 19 x 18.8 inches ; 38.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 42 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B004A2Q8YG
  • Item model number: CLX-3185FW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 23, 2010

Product Description

Do more in a smaller space. The ultra-compact Samsung CLX-3185FW color laser MFP prints, copies, scans and faxes at a professional level, without requiring a desk of its own. The footprint measures just 14.9" x 13.5", and it connects quickly and securely to your wireless network with just the push of a button. Connect quickly and securely to your wireless network with the touch of a button, via the CLX-3185FW’s Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Simply select WPS on your WPS-supporting router, then press the One Touch WPS button on your CLX-3185FW.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I print low volume and mostly in black but when I do use color I use A LOT of color.
Donald W. Moore
Buy any other printer, hire a scribner, do anything than waste your money on one of these lemons.
Owen
The wireless connection does not work on the IMac OS X 10.5.8 I had to use the USB connector.
Mdorantes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Randall Piplica on May 28, 2011
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I have had this printer for a couple weeks and finally got a chance install it today. Very easy setup although the Getting Started Guide is a joke. Took me about 30 minutes to get the printer setup and configured on my Windows 7 64bit and 32bit wired work stations. I used the out of the box CD to do the setup. Looks like there are some new ones on the Samsung site but since I have not had any issues so far I will stay with the production version. I will update in a few weeks once I get to put this through its paces. So far so good.

UPDATE: 5-29-11 I had a chance to put this All In One through its paces. I have 2 machines that I use one with Windows 7 32bit and one with Windows 7 64bit. They are both at SP1 level. I faxed from the All In One and from both PC, everything worked great. Next I tested the copy feature. Color was very good and Black and White was also very clear. Next I took it through the Scan Functions from both machines. I scanned to email using Outlook 2007 and 2010, it worked quickly without a flaw. I next scanned to image, same excellent results. Next I scanned to OCR, wow it was fast and accurate on Word 2007 and Word 2010. I am not sure what version of the software the previous reviewer was using but through my testing this software and Machine performed outstanding on both versions of Windows 7. At this point I am loving this Printer.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C. Marko on June 25, 2011
I purchased this printer a few days ago, and while I ended up returning it, there were pro's and con's that may make it of value for a particular user segment of the market.

I had no problem installing on Windows 7 64-bit, and the drivers loaded smoothly. The print quality of the color laser is respectable, though slow to print in color. Black and white speed was what I would consider typical. The slower color print speed is part of the trade-off of a single drum unit, but for my own use, I did not mind.

Scanning/copy quality overall was decent. I have a use case where I wanted the unit to scan and save directly to a Windows share on a wireless network, which it handled well when it was connected. However, if the unit was powered off or I came back an hour or two later, it would lose the ability to see the network share unless I connected to the printer again from my computer. This was the first show stopper for me, but may not be for most.

The one issue that many may find, and was tough to dig out without hands-on use, was the way this unit handles power consumption. When idle, it hovers around 10watts of use, which is great. However, as this is a laser printer, it regularly needs to heat up the innards which is a major power draw. While Samsung states "average 350w power consumption", this is very much a stretch. Every minute or so, the unit's power draw spikes up to 850watts (~7amps) for a couple of seconds to the point that the lights flicker regularly, and this impacts any other electrical devices on the circuit (to the point a computer UPS will kick on to protect). This can cause unreasonable wear and tear on other electrical devices, and is inconsistent with most of modern laser printers that level off overall power consumption better.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D'Aquila on September 5, 2011
There are lots of capable AIO/MFP inkjets these days - but my wife and I wanted a laser. Most of our printing is text, and we'll hit mpix for photos. So why get a color laser? We struggled to justify the enormous price difference between B&W and color for most models.

Well, this printer is different. Since it's a single shared drum instead of one-drum-per-cartridge, color is 1/4 speed. If you need fast color print-outs, stop reading and look elsewhere.

For the rest of us who are casual about color output, this design is a BIG ADVANTAGE. It cuts down cost and complexity...not to mention footprint. It isn't a small printer, but it's the smallest color laser MFP I've come across.

This thing is seriously capable. I don't see it as a home printer trying to play in the business world - it's really more like having a business printer at home (without the size, noise, or eyesore). Sure, you have to futz with settings a bit, but once it's up and running...it just works. That makes it a steal in my book.

Here are some of my experiences with it:

|- B&W printing is fast.
|--- Forget stated PPM specs. It's fast enough that I doubt I'll ever get upgrade-itis based on print speed alone.
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|- WPS works like a charm, if your router supports it.
|--- If you don't think your router has it, be sure to check its web GUI. That's where the option was for me.
|--- If you have to setup manually, you need to start with USB and use a stand-alone setup program (on your PC) from Samsung.
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|- Once the printer is configured for network use, Samsung's driver software should automatically find it.
|--- Worked great for us on Win7 and OS X.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tack14Tech on May 27, 2011
First after the first 100 pages sent to the unit the printer started sending out the Cyan toner low.
Then we found out that all the scanning features are not 64bit compliant. It works great for 32bit but not 64. Samsung support confirmed that there is a problem with the drives and 64bit and said to watch for an update. We were told this in May of 2011, the last version of the driver was April 2010. If the company hasn't corrected the problem in over a year do you really think they're working on a correction?
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