Summary: I had the CLX-3185FW and loved it, but a circuit failed. Amazon.com had the CLX-3185 for about the same price as repairs would have cost after my Visa-Amazon.com points were taken off, so I got this one. Big surprise when I learned that it could not be used as a network printer. It does NOT have a coax connector, and it does NOT have wireless capability. Take note of the letters following the model number and make sure they mean what you think they mean.
Summary: For a laserjet printer, it doesn't print very fast. I have some laser jet printers at work and they are super fast. As soon as you hit print, the page is coming out. This one is not like that. It has to warm up first, which is fine if it is the first think you are printing for the day. But it seems to have to warm up even between pages. I think if I had known how slow it was, I would have looked at another one. The scan features are fine, nothing special.
Summary: The wireless implementation on this printer is a disaster. I had to trash an older router because the printer wouldn't connect with encryption. Enter new Linksys router, unit will connect but drops off EVERY time it enters standby. I am an IT professional who sets up networks for a living so I know the ins and outs. I prefer to set my equipment up manually instead of using the WPS garbage.
Pros: Quality prints, decent speed, lots of features and good value for the price.
Cons: Wireless setup is a constant headache, disappears from network when it enters standby. Has to be completely reset to reconnect.
Good price but about to bring out the sledgehammer
Lynn B., Newegg
16 January 2012
Summary: I have other Samsung products that work great. The problem with this one seems to be the software. You should take this review with a grain of salt - this is the first piece of computer equipment I've ever reviewed, just because I'm so frustrated with it. I never review the things that work well.
Pros: Works well as a copier. Great price from Newegg - $274.99 with free shipping.
Cons: Bought this last April. Similar problems to reiththestud and PC Solutions below. Really had trouble installing it on the wireless network. Finally gave up and used a cable. Seems like I have to fool around with it for an hour to get the computer to recognize it or vice versa and getting it to scan, then the next time I need it the same thing happens. Sometimes restarting it helps, usually doesn't. I've updated drivers several times. Altogether a very frustrating piece...
Summary: This laser printer does a lot for the money. A laser printer with all these functions would unaffordable just a few years ago. It prints, scans and copies well. That said, the feed tray is poorly made and difficult to get to work. It is made of fragile plastic and in fact arrived with the feed tray cover broken. I received a partial refund because of this but the broken cover had no effect on the balkiness of the tray. It is difficult to position correctly.
Summary: Please don't get confused by my 3-egg review. I love this printer. I bought this for my dad because he loves my CLX-3175FW. The few problems, even though there were fixes for them, would have driven a less computer-savvy person insane trying to fix. I knew enough about computers and networking to try a static IP to fix the connection issues and to download the latest scanner drivers. Other people, like my dad, not so much. He's just lucky I was here.
Pros: Prints are crisp and clear. Even pictures look great. Wifi connectivity means everyone in the house can easily print. Samsung has an android app that allows me to print from all of my phones and tablets. Decent toner life. Much better than inkjets that's for sure
Cons: DHCP PROBLEMS! Every time the printer went into standby it would drop off the network. The router couldn't see it and none of my computers could see it. Bringing it out of standby didn't fix it. I had to fully shut down the printer and turn it back on for it to come back. All the while the wireless light on the printer was on and the printer said it was connected. The only solution was to give it a static IP address. More of a workaround than a solution IMO. Included ...
Summary: Will keep an eye on how it performs over time. Seems like such a nice product to have its ratings so diluted with DOAs and other mishaps like mine.
Pros: Most of what others have stated about this printer qualify as “pro”. I like the interface and overall design. As with most paddle wheel menus, some of the tasks can become a bit tedious rifling through a sequence of options. A touch screen would be nice, but the price is right without it. I love the ability to wirelessly access the network. It wasn’t quite as simple for me to connect as the manufacturer’s video suggests, but it didn’t take too long to get everything s...
Cons: Nothing new to complain about that others have not addressed. The lack of a manual feed slot is a real head-scratcher, but I knew that going in. My big complaint though (and the only reason I elected to review this hardware) was to let NewEgg and others know that this printer arrived damaged. The back lower corner where the power module is has been deformed inward just enough to make opening the rear access door a bit of a jiggling exercise. You can clearly see ripple...
Good printer but wired network setup is for the birds
Ryan W., Newegg
21 May 2011
Summary: We will see how the wireless connectivity fairs.
Pros: Cheap printer for a laser color all-in-one device.
Cons: The network setup wasn’t good. It didn't want to connect via Ethernet it wouldn't pull an IP address. I would disable the wireless connection but it would randomly turn back on after a reboot. Good thing the business I was installing it at had a wireless network.