In this era of smartphones, iPods, multicore processors and ten megapixel mobile phones the humble colour laser printer doesn’t set many hearts a flutter, but at least it’s getting smaller…
At just 39.1 x 34.3 x 26.4cm and weighing 13.6Kg Samsung is calling its ‘CLP-300’ the “World’s smallest and lightest colour laser printer” and while I’ll admit I don’t know my colour laser printers like I know my Czech Supermodels I haven’t come across anything teenier.
For such a relatively diddy device the CLP-300 packs a punch too since it features the same NO NOIS print engine that is inside the company’s professional series of colour laser printers and it will churn out mono and colour pages at 17 and four ppm respectively.
First page times are fast taking just 14 seconds for mono and 26 seconds for colour while the 2400 x 600 dpi effective print resolution is up there with the best. There’s 32MB of onboard memory and the CLP-300 can be a workhorse since it is good for a whopping 24,200 pages per month while the USB2.0 connection is a welcome addition in a sector where the standard still isn’t as widespread as it should be. The 35 dba (idle) and 49 dba (printing) noise ratings are also low.
In fact, the only telltale signs of the printer’s miniature dimensions are the slightly reduced 150 sheet paper tray and 100 sheet output capacity but that should still be fine for all but the heaviest of users.
Mac OS 10 and Windows (98 onwards) platforms are supported and you’ll see the CLP-300 in shops this month for an inexpensive $299. A network ready version, the CLP-300N, will also debut at the same time for $349.
So while I may not meet Petra Nemcova, with the CLP-300 I should be able to print her out just fine...