High printing costs keeps Samsung's CLP-315 out of reach

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High printing costs keeps Samsung's CLP-315 out of reach

The CLP-315 is the smallest printer here, and also the cheapest at just $218. That puts it in some treacherous company, with the Dell 1320cn waiting eagerly for it to slip up.

But the CLP-315 is the ultimate in civilisation compared to other printers. Where the Dell is a bit too boxy, the Samsung's classy black casing makes it the best-looking printer on test.

It sounds like a minor consideration, but for those furnishing a home office, the Samsung's good looks and low noise matter.

And before it could be accused of putting looks before talent, the CLP-315 produced excellent results in our quality tests. Our photographic test stood out in particular, with natural-looking skintones and no obvious banding. Our business graphics tests were also impressive.

Our only complaints are that white text on a coloured background printed out a little blurry, and text quality is less refined than it ought to be. Still, viewed in isolation the CLP-315's document quality is easily good enough.

It's quick in monochrome mode. Our black and white test documents printed at a rate of 17ppm, while colour documents printed at 4ppm.

That colour figure is less than ideal, but it's fine for occasional use. The time it takes to produce a first page is also good, at 14 seconds for a black and white page, and just under half a minute for colour.

The TCO is where everything falls apart, however. While the CLP-315 is well-priced initially, the lack of high-yield cartridges and the low page-per-toner return mean the costs edge higher than the competition and stay high.
If not for the TCO, the CLP-315 would offer a magnificent combination of aesthetics, speed, print quality and value.

If you need a printer that will stand up to a few users throwing frequent colour jobs at it, you should consider the Dell 1320cn instead - it's a less sociable desk partner, but is faster in virtually all areas and offers equally good prints. But if you only need low-volume printing, the Samsung is a good choice.

Samsung CLP-315
4 6
Verdict
Good design, great results, and a low price but the high TCO makes the Samsung a poor choice
Performance
Features & Design
Value for money
Overall
Specs
$218
• Samsung: www.itsky.com.au
This review appeared in the March, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
Copyright © Alphr, Dennis Publishing
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