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The Differences Between Samsung Colour Laser Printers
Samsung CLP 310
How do you choose?
Korean electronics giant Samsung have nurtured a reputation for producing the very best in innovative, high end technology over many decades. Famous for their televisions and mobile phone, Samsung have also forged a name in the printing industry.
Today their range of home and business printers are some of the most technologically advanced available. This collection engenders high performance coupled with affordability, which has helped to make them some of the most popular currently on the market.
Laser printers and inkjets have long since been the popular choices for businesses and home users. Laser printers are often noted for their ability to deal with larger print volumes without sacrificing image quality, whilst inkjets are often more compact and efficient – mostly as it doesn’t require the same bulky toner cartridges.
So many manufacturers!
There are many top manufacturers who produce their own laser printer ranges; Epson, Hewlett Packard and Canon are just a few of these. However, for the purposes of this piece I will focus on just one of these.
Samsung manufacture a fantastic selection of laser printers, each with their own unique qualities and characteristics. But, as anybody who has ever bought a printer will attest, it is not always a straightforward task finding a model that fits in with your individual requirements. So to shed a little more light on your decision making process, this article compares five of the leading models from Samsung, which will hopefully give you more food for thought.
My Top Five!
My five preferred Samsung Colour Laser Printers under the spotlight are:
- Samsung CLP-310
- Samsung CLP-315
- Samsung CLP-610
- Samsung CLP-660
- Samsung CLP-770
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In terms of the cheapest printer, the Samsung CLP-310 and 315 Series models will cost you the least to buy (usually just over £100 including VAT). However, they are also the most costly to operate. When running at 20% capacity both will cost you 15.9p, that’s over two times the amount required by the CLP-770ND’s 4.95p.
So when buying a printer you always have to look at the bigger picture, particularly where the budget is concerned. You don’t just need to calculate the initial outright cost when purchasing a laser printer; you really have to factor in those longer term issues. It often relates back to how often you are going to be using it.
So in this example, if you are only an occasional user the CLP-310 series is perfect, if you have a small office the mid-range costing of the Samsung CLP-610ND and 660ND, with a running cost of 8.23p and an initial purchase fee of £300 and £400 respectively. For regular usage you need size and you need to spend more to get this, but, as previously mentioned, this extra initial cost will eventually pay you back over time as you save more per sheet printed.
Again, the speed is largely factored around the size and cost of a machine. Whilst the CLP-310 Series and 315 Series can produce a respectable 16 prints per minute (ppm) in mono and 4ppm in colour, this raises to 20/20ppm for the CLP-610ND, 24/24ppm with Samsung’s CLP-660ND and all the way up to 32/32ppm.
If you’re just looking for a desktop printer, then you probably won’t be overly concerned by speed; however, for busy offices the amount of paper that can be churned out is absolutely essential. Aiding this speed is an increase in memory (for queuing projects) and the amount of paper that it can feed. The size of the tray affects how often you need to get up and change the paper, whilst that isn’t so important when you’re producing 4 colour pages per minute, it becomes more integral when you get into the 32ppm zone.
Again, as with most things, all of these facets expand throughout the range. Paper trays start at 150 pages all the way through to 500.
Many printers these days can be joined within networks and some can even be done so wirelessly. Samsung laser printers are certainly no different. All models can be networked, the Samsung CLP-315 is one example of a printer that utilises Wi-Fi to expand its connectivity.
Each of the models that we’re focussing on within the Samsung laser printer range offer a fantastic 2400x600dpi resolution, which offers exceptional clarity and print quality. Well, at least all models except the Samsung CLP-770ND, which provides an even more impressive 9600x600dpi.
The clarity and quality of the images produced may be of little or no significance to some; however, for those who are looking to print pixel perfect imagery, the Samsung CLP-770ND is hard to beat, although the others aren’t exactly far behind.
The size of a printer generally reflects the amount going on inside. So it will be of little or no surprise that the most expensive and the highest spec model is also the largest. Conversely, the smaller, cost effective models are also the smallest, being able to fit into tighter spaces at home or in the workplace.
So as you can probably tell, all of the printers within the Samsung laser range share a common bond of quality and an underlying specification; however, beyond that there are many subtle differences to help steer you towards a model that will better suit your requirements.