Samsung connects with NFC for easy laser printing

They say that a paperless society is the future, but so many of us still need paper for our regular day to day. Because of this, we still need printers, and that means printer drivers and setups and headaches. But what if a printer used NFC: would this cut down on the headaches?

A new range of printers from Samsung aims to find out, incorporating Near-Field Communication in the printer frame, making it easy for devices like NFC-equipped smartphones and tablets to link up with the printer and send images and documents to the printer from the handset, all after a simple bump from the NFC-equipped mobile to the printer.

Helping out with this is WiFi Direct, a version of WiFi that creates a tiny network between your handset and the printer, sending the information from one to the other without needing to link the printer up to your home network, though that’s possible too, thanks to the 802.11b/g/n built into the printers.

“Samsung is committed to driving productivity in Australian homes and SMBs through our extensive product portfolio that meets consumers’ needs and demands,” said Todd Lynton, Director of Business Solutions at Samsung Electronics Australia.

“The new NFC printer range incorporates mobile connectivity to deliver flexible printing solutions that can be easily integrated into Australian work range of printers environments.”

Samsung’s new range of printers starts at $79 for the SL-2020W mono (black and white only) laser printer, with the colour laser printers starting at $149 for the SL-C410W, with the range also jumping as high as $369 for the SL-C1860FW multifunction colour laser printer.

WiFi and NFC can be found across the range, with mobile apps available for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems.