Product Reviews

Samsung CLP-315W Laser Colour Printer

The Samsung CLP-315W Laser Colour Printer is among the smallest of the Samsung laser printers. It offers useful features, such as wireless networking to connect with multiple copmuters and No NOIS  quite printing. It makes for a great addition to any home or small business. The compact size is definitely a selling point.

The print quality is excellent with its resolution at 2,400 x 600 DPI. It comes with 32 MB memory and also uses USB 2.0 for direct connection. Here’s a detailed list of its features:

Overview Function colour print
Print Speed (Mono) Up to 16 ppm in A4 (17 ppm in letter)
Speed (Colour) Up to 4 ppm in A4 (4 ppm in letter)
First Print Out Time (Mono) Less than 14 seconds (from ready mode)
Resolution Up to 2,400 x 600 DPI effective output
First Print Out Time (Colour) Less than 26 seconds (from ready mode)
Duplex Manual
Emulation SPL-C (SAMSUNG Printer Language Colour)
Paper Handling Input Capacity and Types 150-sheet cassette
Output Capacity and Types 100-sheet face down
Media Size 76 x 160 mm (3″ x 6.3″) ~ 216 x 356 mm (8.5″ x 14″)
Media Type Envelopes, labels, card stock, transparency papers (pre-printed, glossy, punched, recycled)
General Processor 360 MHz
Memory / Storage 32 MB
OS Compatibility Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista Various Linux OS Mac OS X 10.3 ~ 10.5
Interface Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Noise Level less than 45 dBA (colour printing), less than 47 dBA (mono printing)
Duty Cycles, Monthly Up to 20,000 pages
Dimension (W x D x H) 388 x 313 x 243 mm
Weight 11 kg
Consumables Black Toner Cartridge Average continuous black cartridge yield: 1,500 standard pages (ships with 1,000 pages starter toner cartridge) (1)
Imaging Unit Approx. 24,000 pages (mono), 6,000 pages (colour)
Waste Toner Container Approx. 10,000 pages (mono), 2,500 pages (colour)
Yellow/Magenta/Cyan Toner Cartridge Average continuous yellow / magenta / cyan cartridge yield: 1,000* standard pages (ships with 700 pages starter toner cartridge) (2)

My overall review of the Samsung CLP-315W Laser Colour Printer is that it’s an excellent buy for and home or small business. There’s still a couple of things that need to be tied up at Samsung’s end before I would give this printer a higher rating. The two main issues I am referring to are:

  1. Better drivers for wireless setup, especially when you want to hook up multiple computers to the printer through wireless connection.
  2. Fix the firmware that causes the printer to go to sleep every 2-5 minutes without allowing it to awaken, even if you’ve set the sleep time to a greater number through the SyncThru configuration page. This is a terrible flaw that they have failed to address; the last I heard about this issue was that they were going to fix this in February of 2011. It’s now almost April, and there is still no word as to when they’re going to come out with a fix.

Overall, the printer is a good fit for any SOHO (Small Office Home Office), but the thing to watch out for is the firmware problem, which is extremely annoying.

Rating: 3.5/5


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