Samsung MultiXpress C9350ND and MultiXpress C9250ND A3 printers
Samsung: TVs, phones, printers, laptops – the company makes everything. And starting this October, the company will begin running-off A3 printers.
The two A3 printers, the MultiXpress C9350ND and MultiXpress C9250ND, will mark Samsung’s first ever foray into the larger-than-A4-printing market. That may be why the company didn’t come up with catchier names. However, we can’t fault their expertise too much, as in recent years Samsung has had global growth figures that outperform all A4 print competitors.
The Korean company has added plenty of premium additions to the normally quite dull realm of A3 printers, including a largest-in-class 8.9-inch colour LCD touch-control panel. It even moves and tilts for comfortable operation.
The paper tray also holds a massive 1,040 sheets, complete with paper sizing guides for not-quite-A3-paper.
Other functions include the ‘Quick Copy’ menu, which allows users to set the copy options quickly from the main display screen, and ‘Simple Copy’, which allow users to enlarge or reduce sizes, duplex and colour copy, as well as allowing various copying modes – straight from the printers display.
Samsung have also gone all-out on PDF functionality. The ‘Direct Printing Utility’ sends PDFs directly to the printer without the need to open the file. ‘Compact PDF’ allows users to achieve a compression rate of 30-60%. ‘Search¬able PDF’ creates an additional text layer below the image, making image-only PDFs simple to search-through, and ‘Encrypted PDF’ allows users to password protected files
Open Architecture Platform
The most interesting feature of Samsung’s new release, however, is the open architecture platform, XOA (Extensible Open Architecture), which provides developers with open APIs to customise their printing needs. It’s a unique way for the new printers to easily integrate into existing multi-print systems, as well as offer increased printing performance; a customisable user interface and added security features.
The XOA allows both the MultiXpress C9350ND and the MultiXpress C9250ND to work in a modular way, from stand-alone print operations, scaling up to huge, paper-pushing print behemoths – as long as the companies using them can work the APIs.
Printing in Green
If Samsung successfully manages to infiltrate the A3 print market, the real winner is the environment. The A3 MultiXpress line has been designed to ensure that waste is minimized and energy-consumption is lowered. By saving the planet, they’re also helping organisations reduce their costs.
The printers have a high transfer ef¬ficiency, which leads to less toner waste. It also means that the toner will fuse to the paper at a lower temperature – saving electricity. A wax layer will also protect printouts against folds and smudges, as well as reducing paper waste from paper curl and paper jams.
Samsung also claims that its toner, as well as being smaller and more uniform than other manufacturers (leading to sharper images) is manufactured in a more energy effi¬cient way. Official Samsung statistics rate the overall CO2 reduction at 35%.
Both devices also feature Samsung’s Eco-button to save print resources, and a Power Save mode to reduce power consumption while the device is not in use. Whatever you print with the A3 MultiXpress, it’ll definitely have some green in it.