When it comes to midsize business printers that are fast, inexpensive to use (in terms of the per-page cost of toner, that is), and sharp in their output, few manufacturers build consistently better multifunction color laser printers than Samsung. Case in point is the fast, capable, and budget-efficient CLP-775ND—a small-business/workgroup machine we reviewed about a year ago, back in November 2011.
We liked so many things about the CLP-775ND that we gave it our Editors’ Choice nod. In our tests, it excelled at printing, copying, and scanning; it was very fast; and it was inexpensive to use, delivering one of the lowest per-page costs we had seen in 2011. The last item was especially important. Cost per page (CPP), especially on high-volume color lasers designed to churn out thousands of pages each month, influences our ratings significantly.
Accordingly, we expected similar excellence from Samsung’s newest high-volume color laser, the $999.99-list CLX-6260FW Color Multifunction Printer. Overall, compared to the CLP-775ND, the CLX-6260FW is a little bigger. It’s also markedly more physically attractive, with a much sleeker, high-tech look.
Despite the $250 list-price difference between them, though, the more expensive CLX-6260FW printed some of our test documents slower than the CLP-775ND. In addition, this newer color laser’s per-page cost of ownership is significantly higher than that of last year’s model. Typically, the more expensive the printer, the more economical its consumables are to use, in terms of the per-page cost of toner.
Still, the CLX-6260FW is a reasonably fast color laser printer, and, as mentioned, output quality is excellent. Our primary quibble is with the operational cost—when printing monochrome and color pages alike. Even when you use Samsung’s high-yield toner cartridges for this model, the per-page cost of consumables comes closer to what we typically see from a midrange all-in-one inkjet, not a high-end, hefty-volume color laser.
If you don’t mind the somewhat high per-page printing costs, though, the CLX-6260FW is a quite capable multifunction color laser. However, the CPP, compared to some other models, such as Dell’s $649-list C3760dn at Dell, a single-function machine, prevents us from giving this new Samsung printer an Editors’ Choice award. That’s because if you print a lot, the per-page cost difference between this model and several competitors, as described in the Setup & Paper Handling section a little later on, can cost you plenty over time. (After all, no person or business would buy a printer like this to print just a handful of pages per month.)
Still, the dear toner aside, we like this printer. Keep in mind, though, that to realize decent CPPs from this Samsung color laser, you should be prepared to shop around for the best deals on those cartridges.
Read the entire review at Computer Shopper.