Samsung CLP-300 review: Samsung CLP-300

CNET Labs' color laser speed tests (pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Lexmark C500n
6.43 
6.88 
19.80 
19.86 
Oki C3400n
11.92 
8.38 
16.01 
15.55 
Samsung CLP-300
3.71 
3.77 
3.68 
13.49 

The CLP-300's print quality was a bit of a mixed bag. Black text showed a deep, solid black with clean edges, though the characters suffered from a slightly puffy, swollen look. Color text was nicely rendered, though some of the italicized and bolded text had a hazy look. Monochrome graphics were just okay, with the photo elements looking slightly blurry and dark (compression). The color graphics print showed nice saturation in color, but the printer had some problems with bar code-style patterns. The color photo elements fared better than those in the mono print but were still slightly faded.

CNET Labs' color laser quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Lexmark C500n
Good 
Good 
Excellent 
Excellent 
Oki C3400n
Fair 
Good 
Good 
Excellent 
Samsung CLP-300
Fair 
Good 
Fair 
Good 

Overall, the print quality and speed of the CLP-300 indicate that this printer isn't for those who need fast prints or high-quality outputs. But its low price and small footprint make it a decent choice for anyone with basic printing needs and a tight budget.

Service and support
Samsung backs the CLP-300 with an industry-average one-year warranty. Toll-free phone support is available every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. Ideally, we'd like to see 24/7 phone support, but having support available every day is nothing to sniff at. Samsung's Web site has helpful FAQs that deal with general questions, such as how to network a printer and what types of paper you can use with a laser printer. The site also offers a download center with user manuals, drivers, and software, along with a guide to consumables and accessories.

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