[plug] Samsung CLP-310
bret at busby.net
Mon Sep 14 10:56:47 WST 2009
On Sat, 12 Sep 2009, Tim wrote:
> I'm looking at getting a cheap color laser printer soon. I see Arrow
> has the Samsung CLP-310 for $199 atm.
> Can anyone comment on how well this printer works under linux, and
> cost per page?
> Any other suggestions for cheap color laser for Linux? (Mostly print
> black and white but with the occasional color)
What distribution and version of the distribution, are you using?
I have a Samsung CLP300, which was automatically installed and set up,
as soon as it was plugged in to a computer running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and
Debian 5.0, but, it does not appear to be able to get working with
Before you buy a printer, go to your nearest Harvey Norman store (and,
perhaps, another one that is not too far away), for alternative pricing.
Some significant discounts have been found, that way.
Depending on the application for which you want the colour printring,
you may want to consider a monochrome laser printer, and a colour
I have also a Samsung ML-2010, that cost about $100, and prints fairly
well (and, it also works with Debian 4.0!), which is fine for monochrome
and grayscale printing.
With the CLP300, I printed a flyer for an organistaion, that had colour
in it (bright blue and gold and yellow), in addition to black text and
bordering, and that printed okay. But, when I printed a photo on A4
paper, using the CLP300, the printout was too dark, yet printing the
same photo on A4, with an HP PSC-1350 (colour inkjet multifunction kind
of thingy), the image printed perfectly, with the colours just right.
I understand that the image could have been altered, to print correctly
on the CLP300, but, unless I kept separate copies of the image,
comfigured for each separate printer, the simplest thing is to print the
image on the appropriate printer, without modification of the image.
Other than that particular issue, the CLP300 is a good printer.
Oh, and, make sure that you keep, and can easily locate, the receipt for
whatever printer you buy. I had purchased a second ML-2010, as the price
offered, made it cheaper to replace the printer than the cartridge, but,
when the first cartridge on the first ML-2010 ran out, and I tried to
use the second ML-2010, the paper feed roller did not pick up the paper,
and, as I could not find the receipt, I could not get the problem fixed,
and had to take the cartridge out of the new ML-2010, and put it in the
old ML-2010, and, the new ML-2010 is now worthless. To get the roller
fixed, with the repair being chargeable, would cost more than replacing
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