Samsung CLP-415NW Review

Samsung CLP-415NW (starting at $216, Amazon) reviews are quite enthusiastic about this low-cost color laser printer. After testing by PC Mag that entailed a variety of business applications, the experts awarded it an Editor's Choice label for speedy and sharp-looking output -- a double victory for any laser printer -- and an array of convenient features. The experts rated print speed at six pages a minute, noting this is very respectable for a machine that produces color and black-and-white. The review is especially effusive about the quality of graphics and photo images, and says the latter could almost pass for actual photographs. As for text printout, it's very good but not quite up to "best" desktop publishing standards, PC Mag concludes. Users also applaud the quality of color and photo copies, which one review at Amazon describes as "fantastic," especially compared with inkjets. Assessments posted at Newegg are more restrained, with concerns expressed about the rapid disappearance of toner (despite the "eco" option). Some users also report that setting up the wireless connection can be a challenge.

The Samsung CLP-415NW prints at a maximum speed of 19ppm in black and/or color and boasts a maximum resolution of 9600 x 600 dpi. Its 256MB of memory and 533MHz dual CPU means the queue can hold large jobs from multiple users. There is no automatic two-sided copying but the CLP-415NW does support manual duplexing. It has a 250-sheet input tray and a 100-sheet output tray, accepts media from 3x5 inches to 8.5x14 inches, and supports media types such as bond paper, labels, transparencies, cardstock, envelopes, and glossy paper. Connectivity options include USB 2.0, wireless 802.11b/g/n, and wired Ethernet; the Samsung CLP-415NW also prints from mobile devices (with the appropriate app). The CLP-415NW is comparatively hefty -- a full 36.6 pounds with a 16.5 x 16.8 x 10.4-inch footprint and is compatible with versions of Windows up to Windows 7, some Linux, and Mac OS X 10.3-10.7.

The CLP-415NW from Samsung shows that you can get a relatively cheap color laser printer that churns out high-quality materials at a fast pace. It may not be suitable for a busy small office due to its relatively small paper tray, but is an excellent option for home users and small offices that need high-quality color laser prints, network support, and substantial memory. Even with a price tag that exceeds the Cheapism ceiling, this looks like a deal.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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