Samsung Wireless CLP-315W Printer

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Samsung Wireless CLP-315W Printer
CLP-315W Closer Look
Software Installation and Setup
Testing the CLP-315W and Final Thoughts

Product: Samsung CLP-315W Color Laser Network Printer
Provided By: Samsung Canada


The Box It's been a long time since we've looked at a new printer here at BCCHardware - in fact the last printer we looked at was the CLP-300 printer from Samsung and today we've got a much more stylish follow-up; the CLP-315W.  The latest series of printers from Samsung focus on style as much as they do function and performance. While many consumers may feel that this is a waste of effort, the truth is these new products look good anywhere and is not the unsightly behemoths they used to be.  The CLP-315W promises decent print speeds, quiet operation, good looks and nice connectivity through USB2.0 as well as wired and wireless networks.  Keep on reading as we find out more about this slick little unit and if it fulfills its promises.


About Samsung Canada:

Established in 1987, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. has been selling products especially selected for the needs of the Canadian consumer.

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. is divided into four divisions:

    * Consumer Electronics, which sells products ranging from High Definition Televisions to Camcorders and Digital Audio Products
    * Home Appliances our newest division selling stat-of-the-art kitchen and laundry appliances
    * Information Technology division, which specializes in computer peripherals such as monitors, laser printers and storage products and
    * Wireless Terminals, which researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications devices throughout Canada.

Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. is the Canadian-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. of Korea, a global leader in semiconductors, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 75,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries, with fully-integrated sales, service and marketing activities in 46 countries and R&D activities in 15 research centres around the world.

Samsung Electronics Canada has been a proud sponsor of the World Cyber Games, Samsung Nations' Cup Equestrian Series, Canadian National Hockey Teams and more recently the Olympics in Turino.

Founded in 1938 in Seoul, Korea, Samsung Electronics Ltd. is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. 

CLP-315W First Look:

Much like today's modern computers and TVs, Samsung has opted to go for a shiny black motif for its line of printers.  These look very stylish at first, but are prone to fingerprints, dust and scratches marring the surface in a normal working environment.

The Bundle
The Bundle


The bundle includes pretty much everything you need to get up and running on a network install.  Samsung has thrown in a standard power cable, CD, some light documentation and a network cable.  Even though the printer model number denotes wireless network capabilities (CLP-315"W"), the printer will also function on a wired network as well.  The wireless network connects at 802.11b/g which is faster than the printer can print at its 17ppm black and 4ppm color.  Combined with 32MB of RAM, this printer is speedy no matter how you connect to it.

 Front Profile
Front Profile
 Rear Profile
Rear Profile


The main printer design is nothing too impressive.  It has fairly uniform appearance and features a slide out paper tray at the front as well as a flip up discharge paper retainer at the top.  The back is very simple and has all of the connections grouped closely together.  You'll notice there is no external WiFi antenna and this is a nice treat as the antenna is kept inside.  While this may limit range to some extent, it works perfectly here anywhere inside the BCCHardware HQ.


Specs & Features:

All of the specs and features below are taken from Samsung's website and posted here for your convenience.

Small Specs

All the full specifications can be found over here.


mini personal color laser printer
Make the change from inkjet and bulky laser printer. Now you have the perfect reason to upgrade to the smallest color laser printer.

super small, super powerful
The CLP-315 is a space-saving, easily movable printer that weighs a mere 11 kg. It’s the smallest and lightest color laser printer in its class, which prints sharp 2400 x 600dpi black text as fast as 16 ppm and color at up to 4 ppm.

whisper-quiet operation
The NO-NOIS™ engine design means the toner is stored in a fixed cartridge mechanism, eliminating noise and vibration. It also simplifies toner changes - there are no heavy toners to change, just small, easy-to-access toner bottles.

large capacity
The CLP-315 works hard and long for you. It features a 150-sheet cassette tray, a 100-sheet output capacity and a 20,000 monthly duty cycle.

dazzling prints
Expect great-looking prints, whether in black or in color. The CLP-315 prints 2,400 x 600 dpi document as fast as 16 ppm and color at 4 ppm.

completely compatible
The CLP-315 is compatible with Windows® Vista, Mac® and Linux™ operating systems, for a completely seamless print experience.

simple, smart maintenance
Curious about the status of your print job? A smart panel program monitors and displays the printing status. You can even view solution animations if an error occurs.