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Mobile Printing via NFC: A novelty with little real value

Al Sacco | Dec. 9, 2013
NFC has real potential but it isn't truly compelling as it doesn't offer a unique benefit over other technologies.

The process was even less smooth when I tried to print via NFC using non-Samsung devices such as Google's Nexus 7 tablets (both the 2012 and 2013 versions.) The printer recognizes the devices when I tapped them to the NFC spot, but then I get error messages telling me there's some kind of problem connecting. Eventually they both connect via Wi-Fi Direct, and I have to use the app to print when I'm ready. Again, not really a huge issue because I was able to print, but why even use NFC at all?

I was excited to try out the NFC features but was quickly disappointed. Samsung's Mobile Print app lets any compatible device print wirelessly to enabled Samsung printers even if they don't have NFC, and that's actually quite useful. If you have a Samsung printer and haven't downloaded the Mobile Print app, you should. But I definitely would not pay extra for an NFC printer at this point -- and even if I did, I don't think I'd ever use the NFC feature.

Samsung's suggested price for the Xpress C460FW printer is $400, which isn't cheap. Learn more about the Xpress C460FW and the company's additional NFC-enabled printers on Samsung's website.


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