Pros The price couldn't be beat
Cons I'm not completely happy with the paper handler
Summary I used the HP 2600n at my last place of employement, but recently started my own business where a laser printer was necessary. However, a high end laser printer was not necessary. I purchased this printer at Office Depot because of a $70 rebate, which made the product come out to a total of $173. Heck, back in the day, I remember paying near the same price for an ink-jet printer!
Before purchasing this item, I did check on the cost of tonor cartridges, as the HP 2600n cartridges are incredibly expensive. The tonor cartridges for the Samsung CLP-300 were much more in keeping with my budget.
I feel that the printed page is exceptionally crisp! I don't care much about print speeds, but it seems to me it spit out a page in fast enough time.
The only thing I dislike about this product is the paper handler. I like the HP 2600n for the manual feed. With the Samsung, manual feed is available, but the paper in the tray needs to be removed. To me, that is not manual feed.
Still, for the price, I'll live with it.
Overall, for my small home-office needs, this is a GREAT value for the price.
Pros Low cost, small footprint, fast black printing, color faster and cheaper than inkjet
Cons Appears to draw lots of electricity for fusing, small paper drawer.
Summary This is a relatively cheap laser color printer. I picked one up at OfficeMax for $160 and liked it so much that I bought two more to give to friends. As with any printer, the output and paper handling are only as good as the paper you use. One may be disappointed using the cheapest recycled paper available. I use only 24# premium bright white paper and have had ZERO jams in 2,000 copies so far.
The color photo print quality is very good for a $160 printer on plain paper.
I can replace all four toner cartridges for $100, which beats the pants off of any other laser printer I've seen. And we all know how much you'd spend for inkjet cartridges for a thousand plus color copies.
If you want professional photo prints, use an inkjet, or spend another $1000 on a different color laser.
Couldn't be happier.
And the guys that got them for free are really happy.
Pros near picture perfect on multiuse paper
Cons Fusion roller is too hot for most picture quality paper
Summary For the size, price, and cost of operation it is a great deal for the home and home office use. Reproduction of stored digital information is far superior than any inkjet. Compared to other lasers, it is great in footprint vs. quality. This printer gives superior reproduction with permenent print. Near noiseless until the 20 second warm-up period. All lesers have some delay for print coming out of standby mode. Toner replacement is easy and clean.
Pros inexpensive, small
Cons poor quality, huge power draw, runs and smells very hot
Summary The main reasons I purchased this printer were because of the price, the fact that it works with MAC OSX, and it's small. I figured it would be more than sufficient for home use.
I'm extremely disappointed it it's performance, however. Color graphics look faded, fuzzy and smudged. The machine runs hot, gives of an electrical burning ozone smell, and dimmed a small lamp plugged into the same outlet with every page it printed.
As well, according to samsung's tech support, it also will not print any paper sizes that are not included in it's "templates"; this means that you are stuck with legal, letter and some envelop sizes. I had to speak with two people and waited on hold for 10 minutes in order to get that flacid answer.
All in all, I'm so disappointed with the printer I'm returning it and trying the lexmark that was recommended as an alternative in the main cnet review.Updated
The machine also jams constantly, necessitating constant opening and closing of the paper tray to clear jams. If you do buy this printer, look forward to a lot of standing over it, monitoring the paper feeder
Pros Cheap Price = Cheap Quality
Cons Problematic Paper Feed
Summary Paper jams all the time with noisey clicking sounds. Beware of this printer!