CLP-550N Color Laser Printer

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CLP-550N Color Laser Printer
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Product: Samsung CLP-550N Color Laser Printer
Provided By: Samsung Canada
Price: ~ $600-$800CDN (Pricegrabber.ca)

Introduction:

I've been fortunate and been able to take a look at some nice printers over the past year, but the nicest has got to be the lastest that Samsung fired over - the CLP-550N.  This is a network printer that also sports USB2.0, standard IEEE-1284 (Parallel), as well as add-in wireless 802.11b.  It also packs a whopping 128MB of RAM to help que up those high resolution print jobs.  If you're looking to get into a color laser printer, but don't want the cheapest thing on the market, stick around and see how the CLP-550N handles everyday text documents as well as color documents and pictures.

I've taken a look at some large items in my day, but the shipping weight of this behemoth was a whopping 83lbs.  If you order one of these, don't send your secretary to pick it up.  This is by far the largest dedicated printer I have reviewed.  It dwarfs the ML-2552W but is slightly smaller than the SCX-5315F Multifunction unit I've reviewed back in September.

 

Up Close & Bundled Goodies:

What makes the shipping of this unit so heavy is all the gear that comes with this monster.  You get 4 toner cartridges - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black, as well as the imaging unit, image transfer unit, manuals, 2 CD's, warranty card, and power cable.  The accessories alone weigh in at around 15 lbs.  Unless you're a laser printer guru, you will need the manual to get everything installed properly.


(some assembly required)

 

This unit's large size is attributed to the room required for the 3 - 5000 sheet color toner cartridges, as well as the 7000 sheet black toner cartridge.  This has to fit somewhere, and it fits in the place I like to call "The Void".  To give you an idea of the size of this unit, take a look at the top of the picture below.  The black rollers you see at the top total about 9" wide, and the printer is almost twice as wide as that.  "The Void" holds the toner and they must be inserted from bottom to top according to the color legend.  You can see some left over toner laying in the bottom of this area - it wasn't blown out before it was shipped to me.

 

On the same side as "The Void" we have the IO.  As mentioned previously, this printer connects through various methods.  It connects through standard ethernet, USB2.0 (USB1.1 works as well), and Parallel (IEEE-1284).  Also located on this side is the standard 3 pin power plug and the master on/off switch.  I applaud the use of standard power cables for power.  Specialized cables have a tendancy to become lost or damaged much more easily it seems than standard cables.

 

In addition to the main 250 sheet magazine in the bottom of the printer, there is also a secondary tray on the opposite side as "the Void".  This tray will hold up to 100 sheets and can be used at the default tray, or used to just feed the first page of a document.  This is handy if you're printing a publication with a heavier weight cover.  You can choose the cover to be printed from the 2nd tray and the rest from the main tray.  Handy dandy.  This side also is home to an access panel which allows you to remove paper jams from the imaging unit - should this occur.

 

The last thing we'll look at up close is the top part of the printer.  This is where the paper is ejected face down when not printing in duplex mode.  Up top here you have a few buttons that allow you to simply set up printer settings, configure the network, and check status of toner levels.  This is straightforward and really doesn't require the use of a manual.  It's so simple, even my two year old was able to print demo pages.

 

Now that you've seen what this printer looks like, let's head on over to the next page and see what Samsung says it can do.  We'll also take a look at software installation and tools, then finally head on to testing and a conclusion.