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Samsung CLP-315W Color Laser Printer -- High-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, wireless 802.11 b/g.

Regular Price is 250$ - 125$ Rebate card - 50$ for "recycling" "any" old printer (+ 10$ for the extra tax most of us pay on the 250$ register price). You can even buy online (free shipping!) and bring your receipt and old printer into a store for the "recycling" rebate.

I have and like the wired version of this printer, plus it may be the smallest, lightest color laser printer I've seen. The paper feed tray is kind of a pain, and it makes the lights flicker on that circuit, but those are my only complaints.

Offer:
http://www.staples.com/Samsung-CLP-315W-Color-Laser-Printer/...:SC3:CG44P1606:CL142044

Printer Recycling:
http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/products/090315/merch023626/i...

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Oooo! That's very enticing. I know I'm going to buy a color laser sometime, and this deal might do it for me.

The CNET review isn't stellar, they say the print quality is "unacceptable", but this could be relative to other $200 printers.

http://reviews.cnet.com/laser-printers/samsung-clp-315w/4505...
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Indeed, I should have addressed the limited quality of color images on the CLP-310 series, which I just take for granted! It's nowhere near a photo printer -- color images print out grainy and cross-hatched, like newspaper photos. Not awful-looking (to my eye), but nowhere near photo quality. And they say it's relatively slow, so perhaps I should describe it as a light-duty document printer. Still, it's very light and compact plus this trade-in deal is cheaper than any B&W laser price I've seen, so it's a great bargain for the price if one doesn't need more than it offers.

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I sell printers and copiers for a living. The long term cost of a printer of any price is the cost of consumables. Most people can read that a toner cartridge costs $43 and yields 1000 prints. That is based on 5% coverage. Five percent coverage is roughly equal to a header and 2 five line paragraphs. The average B&W text business document is 12% coverage. So realistically, unless you are just printing out your emails, you'll get 400 to 500 prints. It gets trickier when you print color.

Anyway I have a spread sheet that calculates the cost per page of any printer at any coverage and I've run the numbers on this printer.

On this Samsung printer color printing at 5% coverage per color or 20% total cost = $.164 per page. A full cover page like a photograph will cost between $.90 and $1.05.

Whether is a deal or not depends on what you want to print and how many of them.
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If this printer is "wireless only" I'd be cautious. I bought the family a wireless printer and it's been a PITA! You get spoiled to what a computer does when it's acting as your 'print server'.

(I bought an HP network printer. It prints just fine, but the 'network printer' aspect of it is what's frustrating.)
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It can be connected via USB, Ethernet network cable, or the wireless 802.11 b/g... I too have found wireless peripherals a pain to set up (the CNET review has a necessary tip for setting up this printer), and not having any other means of set-up would be a huge pain; as you say, one takes the services of a computer as super-print server for granted... I bought a wireless print server to use my regular CLP-315 wirelessly, and I often have to reboot the server (even the router!) to get it recognized.

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scribidinus wrote:
Whether is a deal or not depends on what you want to print and how many of them.
Verily. I don't print very much or often and I was sick of my inkjet drying out -- I wanted "surge capacity" plus laser-sharp text with a color option, so the appeal of these Samsungs is the low entry cost, light weight, and small footprint. I just wish this deal had been available last year!

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johngorno wrote:
color images print out grainy and cross-hatched, like newspaper photos. Not awful-looking (to my eye), but nowhere near photo quality.
That was on plain paper... I had forgotten that (coincidentally) I used glossy paper to make my cards for Jeremiah's ZIMP (actually, photo paper which I later saw is specifically forbidden for the CLP-315 (and, presumably, all laser printers)... glossy brochure paper is fine though), and the illustrations look pretty good -- some pixelation and dithering, but not bad at all.

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I'd love to see some detailed images of the output, if you could post some.
 
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Jeremiah_Lee wrote:
I'd love to see some detailed images of the output, if you could post some.
Capital Idea! Since your Zombie in my Pocket files are here on BGG, they provide a ready means of comparison!

Scanning didn't do the print-outs justice, so here are photos (click for larger views):

ZIMP tiles (full and half scale):


Greyscale Text and a color photo:


(FYI, the 315 paper tray isn't designed for anything shorter than 6.5", so to print on 3x5" index cards, I had to add a little card-stop to the tray (which doesn't interfere with regular sizes), plus define a 3x6.5 paper size and remember that the paper page isn't as long as the screen page. I'm used to compromises!

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Thanks a lot, that makes it so much easier to decide. (although I still haven't decided)
 
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Another sample comparison: this 2" wide biplane is printed on index card (click for larger views)


from this BGG image (click for larger views)


I notice that the colors aren't quite the same -- you can tweak the printing options to adjust colors (their photo-friendly mode doesn't do much on plain paper).

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scribidinus wrote:
Anyway I have a spread sheet that calculates the cost per page of any printer at any coverage and I've run the numbers on this printer.


Whether is a deal or not depends on what you want to print and how many of them.


Is there a good quality inexpensive home color laser you can recommend? I realize you must deal more with office stuff.

I was excited about this at first about the Samsung,but was progressively less so when I pulled up the reviews online. Will give this a pass, I think, but thanks to Gorno for the heads up.
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Actually that printer is FREE if you pricematch and send in the rebate.

I've done that kind of double-dip deal before, even though the naysayers claim it doesn't often work:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1866799
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