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Samsung CLP-300 - Samsung CLP-300

By Simon Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Samsung quotes 4ppm for colour print and our five-page, mixed text and colour graphics document took 1 minute 27 seconds. This equates to 3.45ppm, probably the closest to a published figure we've seen this year. The 15 x 10cm photo image took 33 seconds, making this just under 2ppm, including rasterising time.

Print quality is okay, but not ideal. Black text is noticeably over-printed, with letters looking heavy and over-emboldened. Colour business graphics are bright and with little visible stipple, but some colours don't work particularly well with black text overprints and there are occasional unwanted artefacts. Photographic images include smooth colour gradations for a laser, but colours are also over-vivid and may need to be manually toned down in the driver.

The CLP-300 is commendably quiet in operation, with few of the thumps and bangs other budget colour lasers offer. The noises it does make are subjectively unobtrusive.

There are six different consumables in the CLP-300, which may need replacing at different frequencies. The black toner should last for 2,000, 5 per cent cover pages, while each of the colour toners lasts for half that, at the same coverage. The imaging unit is good for 20,000, 5 per cent pages, so if you consistently print colour at 20 per cent cover, you can reduce the life to 5,000 pages. The toner bottle will take waste toner from 5,000 5 per cen prints, too.

All this gives page costs of 2.8p for black prints and 10.4p for colour ones. These costs are competitive when compared with Canon or HP colour lasers in the same price bracket. As you pay more for your laser printer, you usually pay less per page for the consumables, but looking at the budget market, say under £200, you won't do much better than these figures.

Verdict

It would be good to say that the CLP-300 offers everything you could want from a budget machine. In fact it ticks most of the boxes, but with one fairly important omission. It's cheap to buy, no more expensive than its competitors to run, gets quite close to its rated print speeds and is very easy to use. It's the colour print quality which isn't quite there. It may be fine for use within an office, but it's a bit over-saturated for more demanding uses, particularly if there's any photographic content in the print jobs.

chrisg1e9

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

wimpie

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

G.Stainton

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.

ERISAjunkie

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.

GLANVILLE

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.

icefixer

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.

Hugolechat

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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