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Samsung CLP-315W Printer Review

The Samsung CLP-315W colour laser printer is said by most to be one of the better readily available within its range, and that is typically about £145.00. Then again, is it that great a unit? It is a "network ready" transportable style printer, which generally goes over well with the wider public. This device also prints at reasonable speeds, up to four pages per minute regarding colour prints and 17 pages a minute for monochrome, although there are lots of other printers that can print significantly faster.

According to the manufacturer, the unit weighs a substantial 30 pounds, so it is not much of a "portable" unit. Nonetheless, it is pretty small in size so that it sits nicely on an unused spot of a desktop. Moreover, according to the manufacturer, the networking is compliant with the Wi-Fi 802.11b/g standard and also the 10/100 Ethernet standards, that ought to help to make the installation easily done while using the typical Ethernet/LAN cable or using a wireless connection suitable for any kind of wireless router. An instruction guide is sold with the system for " fast set up" in addition to guidelines for whatever else required, such as the networking.

Nonetheless, the actual networking of the machine has triggered much more difficulties than were wanted. The instruction handbook doesn't supply nearly enough information to cover the wireless setup also if you don't understand networking, phoning an IT expert may be out of the question. the manual fails to let you know is that if you have a dynamic IP address, you are probably going to experience difficulties in getting the wireless to hook up. Additionally, whilst it may well link with a Windows operating system much better than with a Macintosh, either way a static IP address is critical for the wireless installation.

The Instruction handbook itself appears to trigger lots of difficulties, that happen to be consistent all around. Apparantly the networking problem could have been prevented if certain steps were worded correctly. Furthermore, several steps seem to have been excluded, as in the matter of the wireless setup. As an example, there is no mention whatsoever that a static IP address is required for the wireless setup.

Also concerning the instruction manual, it's not mentioned any place in the manual how the paper should be sticking out a bit and no images of the process provide any clue of this either. For someone who is possibly not acquainted using these sorts of devices, it may result in a problem any time trying to print a double-sided paper, which can be carried out manually on this machine. The plastic components tend to be flimsy therefore the user may not choose to push too hard on the paper for fear of breaking something.

There is a PDF that may be downloaded from the website, that will serve the user considerably more effectively. This version of the manual appears not to forget to spell out any procedures or show the user a picture of the course of action, which might help to make the set up less difficult, even though there is still no reference to the need for a static IP address. This information was acquired by making an extended telephone call to the Samsung help line.

In all, this printer does the job asked of it. Print quality of colour prints and photos are usually lower than typical as compared to the typical inkjet printer, but monochrome prints tend to be about the same. This is to be predicted from a laser printer. As for the refill Samsung CLP-315W toner, it is just as pricey as any other is yet seems to run out quicker than any other model, as well. This is a reasonable model for a Samsung CLP-315W color laser printer and for the price and the fact that it is a laser printer, you can't complain.

Samsung CLP-315W toner cartridges are available here.

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