Date: September 17th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION, FEATURES & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The front keypanel is well thought out, uncluttered and very easy to use. All setup and menu commands can be easily changed with a couple keystrokes. If you require any help with the setup and programming, please check in your manual and it will help you configure the settings properly.
One function that will definitely save you money is the Samsung's "SAVE" features. For saving money, Samsung has not cut any corners and has giver the consumer a choice of four savings options. Toner Saver extends the life of the toner cartridge by a factor of two, although it states that it reduces the printing quality. As a little addition, I found that the quality on "toner save" to be better than the normal quality on an inkjet printer and a person wouldn't really notice the difference. Continuing on, the "Paper Save" option saves paper by printing on both side of the paper therefore reducing your paper costs by again a factor of two. Next is the "Power Save" option that enables the unit to go into a low consumption standby mode and only returns to full power when needed. Last but not least is the "Toll Save" feature which will stop a fax if there isn't a fax machine to receive the transmission on the other end of the line which will save you some potential long distance charges.
Add these four options together, and you can potentially save yourself some energy, phone and supply costs over time.
Moving to the back of the machine, I was trying to see if there was a USB port for printing but unfortunately, any user will have to use the older legacy parallel port for their computer printing needs. Although not a huge concern, most people today do actually use USB printers more than the older technology. I personally like the the old fashioned parallel port due to it's stability and ease of installation when compared to the buggy USB alternative.