[plug] Samsung CLP-310

Peter demo9 at gswd.com
Fri Sep 18 12:51:02 WST 2009

Bret Busby wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Sep 2009, Peter wrote:
>> 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)
>>> Thanks
>>> Tim
>> I use a CLP-315 with Linux (My flavor of choice is Mint 7 (64)).  It 
>> works fine although i have had a few issues with it refusing to print 
>> web pages from Firefox ???   Everything else prints fine.  Cost of 
>> printing?   Hmmm dunno.  Had it 9 months. Still on the original 
>> toner(s).
>> I can concur with Bret that it tends to print colour stuff (photos) 
>> quite dark.
>> BTW,  I paid around $160 for mine.  Was the last one in the shop 
>> (Cannington Hardly Normal) when i bought it.
>> Peter.
> One thing occurred to me today - my problem with my CLP-300 printing 
> photographs dark, is not a problem with the printer - rather, it is a 
> problem with the individual application(s) from which the printing is 
> done.
> The particular photograph that printed too dark to be any good, was 
> printed from the GIMP.
> I have, over the last couple of days, printed a different photograph, 
> from Open Office Writer, and, from Adobe Reader (having saved the 
> document containing the photo, as a PDF file), and, the photograph 
> printed slightly differently, with different colour saturation, 
> between the different software packages. The Adobe Reader print 
> output, was more natural, and, truer, in the colours of the printed 
> result.
> So, I believe that the issue of the darkness of the printer output for 
> photographs, is software-dependent, not printer-dependent, in this case.
> I suggest, Peter, that you import a photograph, preferably a human 
> portrait, so it includes skintones, into an Open Office Writer 
> document, print the document from Open Office Writer, then export the 
> document as a PDF file, and, print the document from Acrobat Reader, 
> and, compare the print results, and, post a description of the 
> comparison. It could be useful to other people, also.
> -- 
> Bret Busby
> Armadale
> West Australia
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Interestingly, the images I was referring to were PDF documents (full 
colour brosures).  I do agree however that it is a software issue.  I 
actually think its the Linux CUPS print driver.  My Printer works just 
fine from Windows, including photos.  It works well enough from Linux 
for 'business graphics' (letter heads, charts, etc) which is what I 
bought it for but is unacceptable for photos or complex colour images:  
They come out over-saturated and quite dark.


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