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Samsung CLP-670ND review

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Samsung CLP-670ND
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  • Samsung CLP-670ND
  • Samsung CLP-670ND
  • Samsung CLP-670ND
  • Samsung CLP-670ND
  • Samsung CLP-670ND
  • CLP-670ND Laser Printer - Colour - Plain Paper Print - Desktop (25 ppm Mono - 25 ppm Color - 9600 x 600 dpi - 256 MB - 350 sheets Input Capacity - USB - Fast Ethernet - PC, Mac)

Summary

Our Score:

8

Many people are aware of the advantages of colour laser printing because of low-cost, entry-level machines. One of their functions is as an advertisement for their more expensive siblings higher up the product range, and Samsung’s CLP-670ND is aimed at the medium workgroup of maybe 5-10 office workers.

This is a big block of a machine, with dark grey sides, back and control panel and light grey front and top. Even with its substantial dimensions, you still have to flip out a paper support at the back and printed sheets project by over 100mm. The usual argument for putting data sockets at the side – so a printer can be pushed flush against a wall – doesn't hold, because of this overhang and the fact that the mains plug slots in at the back.

The control panel is both bold and minimalist, with simple buttons for power and to cancel a job, and a four-way ring for menu navigation with an OK button in the centre and a surrounding blue ring for effect. The 2-line by 16-character LCD display has no backlight, but is still readily readable under normal overhead lighting.

A 250-sheet paper tray slides out from the bottom of the front panel and a further optional tray of the same capacity can be fitted underneath the machine. Additionally, an inset in the front panel folds down to become a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray in a novel arrangement, where the guides on the lid slot into place as it swings down, while a front panel slot flips open to provide access.

The front panel itself folds down to reveal a transfer belt attached to its back and this contacts four combined drum and toner cartridges in the CMYK colours, which are stacked up inside. They slide into place using grips at either end and are very quick and easy to install.

Samsung provides PostScript Level 3 and PCL 6 drivers in emulation, as well as a printer-monitoring applet and a web page print utility. Support is provided on CD for Windows and OS X and various Linux distributions, including Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE and Fedora, are also supported via download. The CLP-670ND can be connected via USB or 10/100 Ethernet.

jake120

September 12, 2010, 9:55 pm

I must kindly disagree with the statement that the “CLP-670ND is aimed at the medium work-group of maybe 5-10 office workers.” If Samsung is stating this, they are misleading the customer. In my opinion based on the maximum toner and paper capacity this unit is more in line with a 3 to 5 person office and not much more.


In order to be in an office of 5 to 10 people the unit should have 5k to 8k page color toners and 7k to 8k page black. For paper capacity it would need a third 250 sheet tray or one 500 sheet tray that could be added to the 250sheet main tray.





A few other notes; HP used this stackable system for a few years and they had an issue with the unit using color even when printing in black. Do you know if this unit has the same issue?


I for one do not like the exposed transfer belt. I am worried about something falling on the belt and damaging it.


It is also more susceptible dust and dirt so over time quality output could become an issue long before the belt is slated to be changed.

raytr

September 13, 2010, 6:20 am

@jake





What are your recommendations then? I'm in the market for a new colur laser printer (UK).





Brother CDW 4070 has been poor from the off. Now giving up.


Previos Epson C1100 was great but we opted to change rather than start replacing expensive components - probably a mistake in hindsight.





A Kycorcera-Mita review caught my eye a while back.





5 people going up to 10 soon. Would consier a Multi-function machine to save deskspace used by scanner. Oh, must be network capable, but that's a given.

jake120

September 14, 2010, 1:47 am

@raytr


If you are planning to add 5 more people I would recommend the Konica Minolta Magicolor5670EN or the Kyocera FS-C5300


The Konica Minolta has the edge in price and maybe in quality output depending on what you are printing.


The Kyocera has the edge in cost per page, simpler setup and toner replacement, and it comes with duplexing standard, which cost extra on the Konica Minolta.

raytr

September 14, 2010, 4:21 am

@jake





Cheers

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