Workgroup All-In-One : Samsung Clx-6220fx

10/1/2012 9:36:52 PM

Noisy but nice

If you’re looking for a real workhorse of an all-in-one laser for a busy office, read on. However, if the words ‘unobtrusive’ or ‘quiet’ appear on your wishlist, best skip to the next review, as this workgroup laser all-in-one, the Samsung CLX-6220FX, is neither.

Description: Description: Samsung CLX-6220FX

Samsung CLX-6220FX

Although its footprint isn’t much larger than that of your average small workgroup laser all-in-one, the CLX-6220FX is a lot taller, making it awkward to heft into position. And it’s noisy, clattering its way loudly through prints. There’s also a distinct smell of melting toner when it’s operating.

However, setup is a breeze. The installer automatically detected the printer on our network and went through the entire process of installing the drivers and software with minimal interaction from us, although it took a while to complete. The menus are easy to navigate using its built-in mono LCD display and directional buttons, although the copier shortcut buttons stop working if you’re in, say, the system settings menu. The control panel also makes it very easy to scan to your network, a Mac or a USB stick that’s been inserted in its host USB port.

It’s nippy: both mono text and a color document printed at just over 17 pages per minute. Everything was pin-sharp

The HTML interface lets you get an at-a-glance view of the printer’s status and keep track of consumable levels remotely. If you want greater control over it, you’ll have to log into the SyncThru admin account to view the settings and security menus.

Description: Description: If you don’t like the person sitting opposite you at work, put this on your desk – you’ll never see them over the top of it

If you don’t like the person sitting opposite you at work, put this on your desk – you’ll never see them over the top of it

The CLX-6330’s print quality is particularly good. Our color document prints were extremely accurate and even tiny font sizes were pin-sharp. Shading was also smooth in both dark and light areas. It has a best quality mode that prints at an effective resolution of 9600 x 600dpi using interpolation. This is great for picking out fine detail in line drawings and diagrams, but makes little difference to photo printing. There’s also a glossy color mode designed to enhance photos. Enabling both resolution enhancement and glossy mode meant that two 10 x 8in photos took one minute 24 seconds to print and made little visible difference to their quality, except for slightly warmer skin tones. The same task took just 30 seconds at normal quality.

The CLX-6220FX is pretty nippy, too. Mono text printed at 17.2ppm, and our color document was almost as fast at 17.1ppm. A five-sided color duplex document took one minute and 49 seconds. Print costs are also low, with a mono page cost of 2.2p and a mixed-color page cost of 11.5p.

Samsung’s scanner interface is very basic, with only a handful of preset options at 300dpi. If you want custom resolution options and other settings, you’ll have to slick on the thin bar at the right-hand side of the preview window. This opens the interface’s extended options and lets you set your own bit-depth and size, and choose from a variety of resolution settings. There are also a wide range of color correction setting and filters.

The scan quality was excellent. We noticed a slight lack of sharpness at resolution of 150dpi, but higher-resolution scans were finely detailed, although some bright colors looked a little muted. Scan speeds were quick, too, with a 1200dpi photo scan completing in just 40 seconds.

The automatic document feeder was slightly prone to paper jams on our test unit. This only happened if there was something thick on the flatbed platen below, though, which caused the ADF to sit at an angle.

Fast color printing and relatively low color costs make the Samsung CLX-6220FX worth considering for a workgroup that needs quality color on a regular basis. However, although it’s fairly cheap to run in the long term, it’s expensive to buy, it’s bulky and it’s noisy – definitely one for a larger office.






OS X 10.4 or later


economical * good prints * fast


bulky * heavy * noisy




Paper per minute

More = better

5pp color 17.5 secs 17.1ppm

Six 6 x 4in photos 1:39 mins 3.6ppm

A4 scan (300dpi) 24 secs 2.5ppm

A4 color copy 1:25 mins 0.7ppm

10pp A4 copies (ADF) 2:51 mins 3.5ppm

9600 x 600dpi *scan *copy * fax * 50-sheet ADF *USB * Ethernet

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