While they may not be as sexy as the newest TVs, phones, and cameras to support near-field communication (NFC), Samsung has added the short-distance wireless protocol to its latest color laser printers, making them the world’s first NFC-enabled color laser printer and multifunction printers (MFP).
The Xpress C410W series of printers is designed for home and small officer users who want to print content from their smartphone, Samsung says. Printing from a smartphone is nothing new, but getting the smartphone and printer to talk to each other is a multi-step process that involves a Wi-Fi setup. With NFC a user can send a job to the printer (whether it’s photos or documents) by simply “tapping” a NFC-equipped device on the printer – removing the need to set up a connection beforehand. (An NFC device like Samsung’s new NX2000 digital camera should work too.) Users can also use the Samsung Mobile Print App to print PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from their phones, and the printers will support Google Cloud Print. Don’t have NFC or a smartphone? You’ll still be able to connect to the printer through traditional means.
This new printer series consists of three models: the C410W color laser printer, the C460W three-function (print, copy, scan) MFP, and the C460FW four-function (print, copy, scan, fax) MFP. All three have a print speed of 18 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 4 ppm in color. The paper tray holds 150 sheets, and resolution is up to 2400 x 600 dots per inch (dpi). The laser printer uses a 300 MHz processor and 32MB of memory, while the MFPs are faster by utilizing dual CPUs (533 and 150 MHz) and 128MB. Samsung says consumers can cuts costs by 20 percent with the eco mode; its Rendering Engine for Clean Page tech “guarantees professional quality output with sharp text and clean images”; and “the polymerized toner makes for strikingly vivid and glossy color printing.”
No pricing or availability information has been announced.