Samsung Electronics today launched the new compact colour laser printer CLP-315, the world’s smallest colour laser printer that takes colour laser printing to a new level of affordability. The CLP-315 offers a lot of printer for the price, with good output quality and great-looking graphics.
“Our new CLP-315 smallest colour laser printer, exclusive NO NOIS print engine, and laser quality prints give the perfect reason to upgrade to the lightest colour laser printer CLP-315”, said Mehdi Heidari, Business Head of Printers, Digital Printing Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “Samsung will continue to strive for the highest standards of durability, maximum economic value, and optimized user-convenience for our users everywhere”.
Samsung CLP-315 is one of the world’s smallest colour lasers. At 9.6 by 15.3 by 12.3 inches (HWD), it’s certainly the smallest ever tested and the lightest by far, at just 24.3 pounds. In fact, it’s one of only two colour lasers that are small enough to qualify as truly personal. The printer fits easily on a desktop without dominating it.
BLI Lab test certified that CLP-315 is the quietest printer in its class in terms of vibration and average noise emissions. Samsung’s exclusive NO NOIS print engine is the same print engine found in their bestselling color printers. It gives quiet operation and simple-to-replace toner cartridges.
To keep the height down, the paper drawer is limited to 150 sheets. If printing more than about 30 pages per day, on average, refilling the drawer may turn into an annoying chore. This shouldn’t be a problem in most cases, given that the CLP-315 is meant as a personal printer that connects by USB cable only.
Setting up the CLP-315 is as easy as it gets. The toner cartridges ship in place inside the printer, without needing any preparation before using them. The printer also comes with drivers for Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Vista, Vista x64, Linux, and Mac OS 10.3 through 10.5. A driver for XP x64 is also available on Samsung’s Web site.
One of the ways Samsung kept the cost down was by using one laser and four-pass printing—meaning that the paper needs four passes for colour pages, with one pass for each toner colour. The design gives the engine a rating of 17 pages per minute (ppm) for monochrome but only 4 ppm for colour. The more important point is that the CLP-315 is much faster than the vast majority of inkjets.
Graphics output is better than most colour lasers offer, with vibrant colours and smooth fills. Photo quality is near the high end of the typical range for a colour laser—a touch short of true photo quality but suitable for things like client newsletters or marketing materials.
Arguably, CLP-315 is the world?s smallest and lightest colour laser printer