Our black and
white image quality tests were accomplished with PDF versions of the following
two images printed at 600dpi. Text quality
was excellent, with crisp text perfectly legible down to 6-pt type. The 4pt.
type suffered from gaps in some of the letters, but was still completely
line and fill test image reproduced well overall, but with noticeable
vertical banding in the gradient tests.Photo
printouts showed acceptable detail, but with the same vertical banding still
noticeably present, making the SF-565P less than acceptable for grey scale
Print Speed Testing
To test pure text print speed, we ran a 49-page
text-only word document (with about 5% coverage) through the printer at 600dpi.
SF-565P has a typical (for SOHO laser printers) warm-up time of about 30
seconds from sleep mode. In our printer speed test, it took 27 seconds
from sending the print job until the first printed sheet hit the output
Our 49-page test document (at about 5% coverage per page)
took 3 minutes and eight seconds to complete, not including the warm up
time. This works out to just less than 16ppm, 1ppm below the
printer's stated performance level with letter sized paper. Not bad.
Cost of Operation
The Samsung SF565-P's toner cartridges cost about $75 US and yield 3000
sheets at 5% coverage. Taken at face value, this works out to about 2.5
cents US per page (3.1 cents CAN). This makes the SF-565P a tad on
the expensive side for a business laser printer, but considerably cheaper to operate overall than
the many inkjet-based MFPs on the market.
on the Samsung SF-565P
In our opinion, Samsung has gone
in the right direction with this no-nonsense business machine.
Other manufacturers have made a pretense of adding photo-quality scanning and colour printing, without
really being able to offer quality that compares
to standalone devices. Samsung has taken
the opposite approach in building a MFP dedicated to
the most common and necessary office tasks, printing, copying and
scanning text and simple graphic documents. While the SF-565P cannot do colour and
struggles to print or scan photographs, it excels in quickly
scanning printing and doing optical character recognition on text documents. The
20-sheet automatic document feed speeds up the process even further.
At about $275US (CAN
$345), the Samsung SF-565P is priced right for an office workhorse. It can serve as
the document hub for a small office or ease the job
of a harried secretary in a large one. It's a specialized machine, but
its specialty is essential to the smooth running of any workplace.
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