Catering to the small office, home office (SOHO) crowd, the DocuCentre S1810 is an A3 monochrome MFP (multifunction printer) with the basic print, copy and scan functions. It is built to be modular, with an optional stand and paper tray for purchase. If the optional tray is used, it adds on another 500 sheets into the mix, increasing the MFP’s maximum paper capacity from 350 to 850. Let’s see if it can maximise its paper use!
In terms of setup,getting your computer to communicate with the printer depends on how they’re connected. If the MFP and your PC is linked through a network, then the included driver disc provides a step-by-step installation guide to get everything up and running. If they’re connected through USB, then things might get a bit hairy. The drivers did not install on a Windows 8 device I was using, until I rebooted and circumvented the native driver protection. After that, it worked perfectly fine. That said, this is not indicative of what everyone will be experiencing, and you might get a smoother process if you use an older OS.
Look At The Buttons!
At a glance, the user interface on the MFP does look a little daunting, with buttons for every basic copy and scan function. Take some time, however, and you’ll find that these buttons open up a lot of possibilities. Want to print drafts, but concerned about ink wastage? Then just use “Toner Saver” mode in the “Lighten/Darken” tab. The buttons also allow for easy configuration for duplex printing, multiple pages per side and collation. The “ID Card Copy” does exactly what it says, photocopying your ID card without having you playing mind-games with yourself.
Stop The Presses!
Fuji Xerox claims that the DocuCentre S1810 takes half a minute (or less) to warm up, and the MFP certainly lived up to that, as it took about 26 seconds when I was testing it. The manufacturer also advertises the fact that it takes 7.5 seconds (or less) to get the first print out. When I was testing it, it whirred to life the right after I initiated the print order, and churned out the first print within that amount of time. Printing 10 sheets of A4-sized documents took a little more than half a minute, which also matches the stated 18ppm in the official datasheet. All in all, the DocuCentre S1810 is a great multifunction solution for your SOHO.
Easy Help Yourself
Problems are bound to happen and on hardware as large as this, one would usually contact the repair technician to remedy the problem. Fuji Xerox helps you save time with the DocuCentre S1810 by attaching a list of common error prompts. You just read the code displayed on the LCD, check the list, and fix it yourself. All these are relatively easy things, like replacing the cartridge or refilling the paper, but it’s useful to have the printer notify you what the problem is, rather than figuring everything out yourself.
Price: RM 5299
Dimensions (W x Dx H): 595 x 569 x 581mm
Print Speed A4: 18ppm
Print Speed A3: 10ppm
Warm-up Time: 30 seconds
First Print Outime: 7.5 seconds
Scan Resolution: 600 x 600dpi
Scan Format: Multipage TIFF, PDF
Copy Resolution: 600 x 600dpi
First Copy Output Time: 7.5 seconds
Paper Tray Capacity: 250 (Tray 1), 100 (Bypass Tray)
Verdict: A neat addition to the office.
Total Score: 7.8/10