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Samsung CLP 300

Samsung introduces the smallest and lightest color laser printer in its class, the CLP-300. It features the same exclusive NO NOIS print engine that's...

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Review of "Samsung CLP 300"

published 27/09/2009 | watisiti
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"Samsung CLP 300 - not worth buying"

I always had and ink jet printer. But at work I used laser printers and I loved them. Unfortunately they have been far too big for home use. I am not sure why but I always have been convinced that a laser printer is somehow better- the speed, the quality, just everything. How wrong I was!!!
A couple of months ago I saw the Samsung CLP-300 on a website and it looked brilliant. Well, everything looks brilliant if someone wants to sell it. Anyhow, for me it looked good enough. But I did not want to pay £150 for a new printer. So, I had a look in ebay. And there it was my Samsung CLP-300 for £100. Well, I bid on and got it for £112 in the end.


The CLP-300 claims to be the world's smallest and lightest colour laser printer. Well, at least at that time. It’s measurements are 390 x 344 x 265 mm, which is pretty small for a laser printer. It’s weight is 13.6 kg, which I found pretty heavy. But that’s simply because I am so used to inkjet printer.
Looking at the box, it says the CLP-300 uses 350W when printing and 17W at standby. I cannot measure it, so I am not sure, if that’s true. But it does seem to be a lot. It’s pretty loud when printing. But it was ok for me. It does get pretty hot , though after just 3 pages printing. The speed is quite good, as it print about 16 pages per minute (back and white) or 4 if it’s colour. These are the details given. But my experience tells me something different. It’s about 2 pages per minute, if you are lucky. Normally there is a paper jam after the first page. Or it says there is one. Really the printer just cannot pull the pages through and it stops half way through.
One positive thing is the cartridges. I bought the printer about 7 months ago and did not have to change them once since. The waste toner is separate from the cartridges and needs changing occasionally. I did not buy a new one, but just emptied the existing one, which seemed to be ok.
Another negative thing is the paper tray. It’s right at the bottom of the printer and this seems to cause problems, as the manual feed does not always work.
I looked up prices for some of the parts you need to replace from time to time and they seem to be pretty reasonable. The below prices are from ebay: Black Toner - £25.99, Cyan Toner - £21.99, Magenta Toner - £21.99, Yellow Toner - £21.99, Waste Toner Box - £5.99, Image Unit - £72.99
If it does work the quality is pretty good for normal print outs. If you want to print photographs you really should use something else.

All in all, I think it is not worth buying. It just seems to cause to many problems.


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  • TheHairyGodmother published 28/09/2009
    nice review :)
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Product Information : Samsung CLP 300

Manufacturer's product description

Samsung introduces the smallest and lightest color laser printer in its class, the CLP-300. It features the same exclusive NO NOIS print engine that's in the professional series of color laser printers, for quiet operation and simple toner changes.

Product Details

Product Description: Samsung CLP-300 - printer - colour - laser

Printer Type: Personal printer - laser - colour

Weight: 13.6 kg

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Min Media Size (Custom): 76 mm x 127 mm

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Print Speed: Up to 16 ppm - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 17 ppm - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm) ¦ Up to 4 ppm - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 4 ppm - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 2400 x 600 dpi

Interface: USB

Processor: Samsung 300 MHz

RAM Installed ( Max ): 32 MB ( 32 MB )

Language Simulation: SPL-C

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards

Total Media Capacity: 150 sheets

Media Handling: 150-sheet multipurpose tray

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 24200 pages

Printer Features: Non-Orbiting Noiseless Optical Imaging (NO-NOIS)

System Requirements: SuSE Linux 8.2, Red Hat Linux 9, Red Hat Linux 8.0, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Apple MacOS X 10.3, Mandrake Linux 9.2, Red Hat Fedora Core 1, Mandrake Linux 10.1 Discovery, Apple MacOS X 10.4, SuSE Linux 9.2, Red Hat Fedora Core 3

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 39 cm x 34.4 cm x 26.5 cm

Manufacturer: Samsung

General

MPN: CLP-300/XEU, CLP-300/SEE, CLP-300/XSG, CLP-300

Printer Type: Personal printer - laser - colour

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 16 ppm - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 17 ppm - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm) ¦ Up to 4 ppm - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 4 ppm - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: USB

Max Resolution ( Colour ): 2400 x 600 dpi

First Print Out Time B/W: 14 sec

First Print Out Time Colour: 26 sec

Language Simulation: SPL-C

Printer Features: Non-Orbiting Noiseless Optical Imaging (NO-NOIS)

Media Handling: 150-sheet multipurpose tray

Processor

Processor: Samsung 300 MHz

RAM

RAM Installed ( Max ): 32 MB / 32 MB (max)

Media Handling

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, cards

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Min Media Size (Custom): 76 mm x 127 mm

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Total Media Capacity: 150 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x autoload - 150 sheets

Output Trays Capacity: 100 sheets

Duty Cycle

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 24200 pages

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type B

Miscellaneous

Consumables Included: 1 x toner cartridge ( black ) - up to 2000 pages - Samsung CLP-K300A ¦ 1 x toner cartridge ( cyan ) - up to 1000 pages - Samsung CLP-C300A ¦ 1 x toner cartridge ( magenta ) - up to 1000 pages - Samsung CLP-M300A ¦ 1 x toner cartridge ( yellow ) - up to 1000 pages - Samsung CLP-Y300A ¦ 1 x imaging unit - up to 20000 pages - Samsung CLP-R300A ¦ 1 x waste toner collector - up to 5000 pages - Samsung CLP-W300A

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Power

Power Device: Power supply - internal

Software / System Requirements

OS Required: SuSE Linux 8.2, Red Hat Linux 9, Red Hat Linux 8.0, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Apple MacOS X 10.3, Mandrake Linux 9.2, Red Hat Fedora Core 1, Mandrake Linux 10.1 Discovery, Apple MacOS X 10.4, SuSE Linux 9.2, Red Hat Fedora Core 3

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission (Idle): 35 dBA

Sound Emission (Operating): 49 dBA, 48 dBA

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 39 cm

Depth: 34.4 cm

Height: 26.5 cm

Weight: 13.6 kg

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