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Samsung SF531P FAX/Copier/Printer Review

Samsung SF531P FAX/Copier/Printer Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Samsung SM-531P; Parallel and USB1.0 connections, 600x600dpi laser printer at 8PPM, 300x300dpi document scanning at 6sec/page, 33.6kbps fax speed at 200x20dpi - 300x300dpi resolution.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Feb 12 2003   Max Page  
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User Controls and Save Features

Ease of use are always an important facet to consider with electronic device as menu-based control panels are typically harder to configure, and more often then not get left at the default settings.

The Samsung SF-531P has a good mix of both sets of controls, but the main items are easily within reach at the touch of a button. More complicated features make use of a pretty simple menu system and it is hard to get lost with the aid of the 200-page manual.

On the left hand of the SF-531P we find a twenty number auto dial keypad and a set of four buttons for save features including; toner save, power save, paper save, and toll save.

With Toner Save enabled there will be about a 50% decrease in the amount of toner used to print each page. There will also be a reduction in image quality, but if you are printing mostly text pages the sacrifice is minimal, and can save you some money in the long run.

The power save feature will keep the SF-531P in a reduced power state, but that means it may take a little longer to receive incoming faxes as the machine must first warm up. In situations where there are very few faxes coming in, this power save function can be a good way to decrease overall power requirements.

Paper save forces the fax machine to print two pages (either received fax, or copied document) on one. This can be toggled on or off for either faxes or copied documents, it totally depends where you want to save paper. Text readability shouldn't be affected to significantly by this feature, but images can get a little condensed.

Another feature which is useful when you deal with companies which are located far away is what's called toll save. Toll Save stores a document to be faxed in the memory and then transmits it at a later time when the toll charge from the phone company is typically less expensive. You have the option of storing up to about 2MB worth of documents which can then be sent out within the next 24 hours.

The send time is specified in 24-hour format, and in our tests we were able to store 91 pages of predominantly text documents into the 2MB of non-upgradable internal memory. A similar feature can also be enabled via the Advanced Fax options menu.

When scanning documents into memory which contained some graphics on a white background, we were able to store about 47 pages into memory. Conversely when scanning in full colour, 8.5"x11" images into memory, the Samsung SF-531P was only able store about 24 pages before it reached its limit. Incidently, each of these tests were conducted with the default resolution settings.

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Contents of Article: Samsung SF531P
 Pg 1.  Samsung SF531P FAX/Copier/Printer Review
 Pg 2.  Image Scanning Samples
 Pg 3.  — User Controls and Save Features
 Pg 4.  Printer Test Patterns

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