What is AirPrint?
Apple AirPrint allows full colour, top-quality printing from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads directly from within many Apps available from the Apple App Store.
To take advantage of AirPrint, your compatible printer must be connected to the same wireless network as your iOS device or Mac computer.
AirPrint enables users to print wirelessly from within applications on Apple devices to AirPrint Compatible Printers connected to a wireless network. You can use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to easily print via Airprint without the need to install drivers or configure the printer queue. Just tap 'print' and select your AirPrint compatible printer, and print!....It's that simple.
What You See is What You Print
If you can open it on your apple device, chances are you can print it with AirPrint and an AirPrint compatible printer. Airprint works with Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork, PDF's in iBooks and many third-party AirPrint compatible apps available from the app store.
Full list of AirPrint compatible printers
There are also a wide variety of third-party apps available to enable wireless printing through Apple devices, even to machines that are not natively AirPrint compatible printers. By sharing a printer installed on an Apple Mac or Windows Pc over a wireless network any printer may be able to take advantage of the AirPrint features. (An additional third-party app may be required to be installed on the local machine)
*For full AirPrint support, a printer firmware upgrade may be required which is available directly from the relevant manufacturer website.
Please note. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the above information is correct at the time of publication, Printerland will not be held responsible for the content of any third-party software suggested on this site and usage of any such software is at the users own risk. Printerland is unable to provide support for Airprint compatible printer software and any such advice should be readily available from the relevant manufacturer or developer.
With its fast speed and above-par output quality, the colour laser Samsung CLP-415NW delivers nicely on two of the most important issues for any printer. Add in paper handling suitable for light to medium-duty use in a micro or small office or workgroup, plus connection options that include Wi-Fi Direct for easy connection to smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and it's an easy pick for Editors' Choice for a small office or workgroup.
The CLP-415NW matches the fastest printers in its price class for speed, including, for example, the Brother HL-3075CW and Brother HL-3045CN, while also delivering better quality overall than most. Paper handling is on the meagre side, but the printer pretty much matches its direct competition on that score too, and the 250-sheet capacity should be enough for most small offices. If you need more, however, there are no upgrades options available, which mean you'll have to look elsewhere.
Setup, Speed, and Output Quality
One of the issues that make this printer more appropriate for a micro or small office than for a home office is its size and weight. At 10.4 by 16.5 by 16.8 inches (HWD), you might not want it sitting on your desk, and at 36.6 pounds, you might want some help moving it into place. However, it's small enough so you shouldn't have much trouble finding room for it. Once in place, setup is standard fare.
For my tests, I connected the CLP-415NW to a wired network and installed the driver on a Windows Vista system. On our business applications suite (timed with QualityLogic's hardware and software) it came in at 6.0 pages per minute (ppm), which is a reasonable speed for the rated 19 ppm for both colour and mono and is essentially tied with both the Brother HL-3045CN and the Brother HL-3075CW.
What makes the fast speed even more impressive is that the output quality doesn't suffer. Where Brother printers deliver slightly subpar output overall, the CLP-415NW's overall output quality is above par.
Text is not quite suitable for top-quality desktop publishing, but it's easily good enough for almost anything else, including marketing materials like one-page mailers or trifold brochures. Graphics quality is also good enough for basic marketing materials, and more than good enough for PowerPoint hand-outs and the like. Photos are at the high end of the range for colour lasers, which is just short of true photo quality. Mount any of the colour photos in our tests in a frame behind glass, and it would be hard to tell they were printed on a laser. Here again, that makes them easily good enough for printing your own marketing materials.
One other small feature worth mention is an oddball single-sheet feed mounted on top of the paper tray itself. To use it, you have to pull the tray out, insert the single sheet in the feeder, and then put the tray back in. The process is a little clumsy, but still easier than swapping out all the paper in the tray to print a single envelope or odd-size sheet of paper, and then having to put the original stack of paper back in.
Conveniences like the single sheet feed and Wi-Fi Direct for easy connection to smartphones and other mobile devices earn a few extra points for the printer, but its key strengths are its fast speed and high quality output. If it delivered only one or the other along with its level of paper handling, it would be worth considering. What makes the Samsung CLP-415NW an Editors' Choice, however, is that it offers both, so you don't have to compromise on either.
Print pictures, PDFs and web pages from your iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone using the Samsung Mobile Print App from the itunes app store.
How great would it be if you could print pictures, PDFs, and web pages directly from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad?With the Samsung Mobile Print application, now you can print to and scan from your Samsung printer/MFP.With Samsung Mobile Print, you now have a convenient printing application for your busy lifestyle with convenience, great prints, and lightning-fast scanning.
Automatic printer searching on a local wi-fi network.- Requires no driver installation or network configuration- Printing photos, PDF documents and web pages- Scanning a document directly to your mobile device as PDF, JPG, PNG formats- Providing a file sharing feature via HTTP/WebDAV from Win/Mac/Linux systemsmore info & download