Samsung CLP-500By KyleT • Jan 14th, 2011 • Category: Samsung
If you want a personal color laser printer, you might want to consider the Samsung CLP-500. With decent black-and-white speeds and a high quality resolution of documents outputted, it will make most home users quite happy. At 77 pounds, it is very heavy, meaning you won’t easily be able to lift it if needed. It’d also very easy to find space for with a size of 20.1×18.5×15.9 inches. It has a monthly duty cycle of 35,000 pages that will most likely be more than enough for the majority of home office users.
Its monochrome printing speeds are decent at 21 pages per minute, which should probably suffice for most personal users. However, its color speeds are very slow at 5 pages per minute—newer models easily surpass this with speeds up to 40 pages per minute. Even though it’s built for midlevel offices, it probably is a little weak. Its first page out times are a little slower than most too. It takes 14 seconds and 26 seconds for the first page to print out for black-and-white and color prints, respectively. The resolutions of 1200×1200 dpi will leave documents looking flawless, sharp and professional. For networking, seek the compatible model the Samsung CLP-500n.
There is a 150-page multipurpose tray that can hold a few different times of media, like envelopes, labels, cards and transparencies. Documents that are 3×6.3 inches in size are the smallest that are supported, while 8.5×14 inches is the largest paper size supported. The processor is a 360 MHz, and the maximum amount of RAM possible is 32 MB. Unfortunately, that cannot be upgraded, like it can with many other machines on the market.
In order to use this machine, you will need four toner cartridges full of cyan, black, magenta and yellow printer toner. The color consumables should last 5,000 pages, while the black toner cartridge will last 7,000 pages before expiring and needing replaced. While the toner is a little pricier than similar products on the market, remanufactured cartridges make this unit much more affordable.