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Samsung CLP-300 review



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Finding a new colour laser printer at around £160 is something that catches our attention. Although prices of colour lasers have been dropping fast over the last couple of years, this has largely been through companies pitching the price of heavier-weight printers very low and making it up on consumable costs. The CLP-300 is a different case, as the machine appears to have been designed from the ground up as a low-cost, colour laser printer.

Looking much like many personal, mono laser printers, the CLP-300 has a conventional cuboid design, with a 150-sheet multipurpose tray projecting from the bottom of the front panel. Printed pages feed out to the indented top surface and a fold-out paper support is needed to stop pages sliding off the front.

It's when you pull down the front cover to reveal the print mechanism that you see where the majority of the new design comes in. There are four cylindrical toner containers, each about the size of a small tube of Pringles, which slide into the front of the photoconductor unit. Each is colour-coded and will only fit into its own socket. At the left-hand end is a shaped, toner waste bottle. Both this and the photoconductor unit are consumables, as well as the tubes of toner.

The control panel consists of four toner indicators and a single status light, which shows when the printer is available and online. A round, orange button stops the current print job. At the back, a single USB socket connects the printer to your PC; the N version of the CLP-300, which costs around £50 more, includes an Ethernet socket, too.

Set up consists of slotting in the four toner cartridges, connecting a USB cable – unusually, you connect it before installing the driver – and printing a test page. There's no default colour calibration, though you can switch on colour match settings based on perceptual, saturation or colourimetric models.

Other than the printer driver, there's little support software. The bundled copy of Corel's Paint Shop Pro X would be a good extra, if it were more than a 30-day trial of the software.

To keep things simple, the printer uses a carousel engine, which means that each colour is built up on the same drum, which has to be loaded four times before a colour page can be printed. When printing black text, there's only one drum load and the claimed 16ppm is not too far off what we saw. Our five-page text document completed in 32 seconds, giving just under 10ppm.

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July 23, 2008, 12:20 am

I was advised by a so called expert to get the later version, the CLP 350N and have had no end of grief and wasted paper. Try before you buy


February 1, 2009, 5:46 am

DON'T BUY THIS PRINTER - paper is stuk all the times and the picture quality is very poor - it 's a shame for samsung they bring this on the market


April 16, 2009, 4:07 pm

After only 12 months of moderate use (just out of warranty) black is banding so badly text is almost illegible.The only thing it prints acceptably are graphics not involving black, or text in colour.When the current toner runs out I'm binning it.

I wouldn't recommend it.

Dave G

May 16, 2009, 6:50 pm

VERY POOR PRINTER. STONGLY ADVISE DO NOT BUY. We bought two for our business, after six months of moderate use both developed severe banding on black, and one on colour too. Drum/toner unit replaced on both under warrenty. Replacements on both printers started to fail after a few weeks, one becoming unusable after just 1400 pages! Samsung define this part as a consumable and only warrent the replacements for 3 months irrespective of usage hence would not help other than to quote me the price of replacements (slightly more than the cost of the printers). Either I am very unlucky or these are not fir for purpose. Taking the matter up with Samsung, will report if I get anywhere.


May 18, 2009, 9:11 pm

This is the worst printer I've ever purchased. It costs more to fix it than what I can purchase a new one. Quality is just not there. The paper constantly jams.


June 6, 2009, 3:38 pm

I can only agree with the comments above. Print quality is appalling on photographs, it developed severe banding on black after a few months and the teeth on the toner cartridge on black keep getting chewed off, meaning no toner gets to the drum and a horrible clicking noise. A total waste of money. When I raised this issue with eBuyer they simply pointed out that they don't support business users so tough luck. This proves the point that if you buy cheap, you buy twice. But don't buy a Samsung.

Gary Clacher

July 10, 2009, 9:00 pm

Print quality I can just about live with but this printer is the worst piece of junk I have bought in over 25 years involvement with printers and computers. It is simply unusable as it will jam a page for every one it prints. I recently spent 20 minutes trying to get ONE PAGE printed but it refused with the paper sticking half way. It's in the bin and my Canon IP4300 never lets me down.

Ed b

September 21, 2009, 7:10 am

Samsung plainly knew this printer was junk. They give you this upgrade junk until the warrenty is out, then refuse to do anything about their problem. My company was supplying 50+ samsung microwaves and refrigerators to an apartment group every month. Not any more. They got me one time, I get them 50 times every month.


March 29, 2010, 8:07 pm

VERY BAD printer!!!! The paper jam all the time and after 1 year of rare use it start cutting the text from the documents. Now it doesn't print at all. Waste of money.


November 4, 2010, 3:20 pm

Cheap to buy (I should have known that it was too good to be true...), extremely tempermental, and very expensive to run - not at all what I expected from a laser printer. My Samsung CLP-300 has been very poor value for money and provided the greatest hassle of any of the seven printers that I've owned over the last 15 years. Today I am having a party because the Samsung is going to the tip. I shall replace it with a Brother mono laser (for less than the cost of a set of toners for the Samsung) and start using my old HP OfficeJet again for colour printing. I will never buy a Samsung IT product again.

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