Given its expertise in the printer market, we had high expectations of Samsung's network colour printer offering: the Samsung CLP 770ND.

Keen pricing and good availability on the high street have helped Samsung gain market share in the personal printer market, but small-business products such as the Samsung CLP 770ND have a different sales structure.

On first sight, the Samsung CLP 770ND looks promising: similar in form to the Lexmark, the printer also features an elegantly bevelled panel. Also, the Samsung’s toners are horizontally sited and accessed by pulling down the front panel of the printer. A control panel shows graphics as well as text.

Installation and setup was straightforward, and Apple fanboys will enjoy the native Mac support. Only fast ethernet connectivity is offered with the Samsung CLP 770ND, however – we’d expect to see the gigabit variety on models at this price point.

Speed-wise, the Samsung CLP 770ND acquitted itself particularly well, and the 12-second warm-up and time to first print was forgotten once it started printing batches of pages.

The Samsung CLP 770ND turned in 20.7ppm for mono text documents, while double-sided print jobs were handled at an exceptional 12ppm. A full-page A4 photo, meanwhile, appeared in 58 secs, giving the Samsung a great score for print speed.
 
The report wasn’t quite so glowing when it came to print quality, however. As with several of the models here, the Samsung CLP 770ND’s prints appeared patchy. Whether adding supplementary memory would help here is debatable.

We found a certain muddiness to the colours the Samsung CLP 770ND produced, with solid slabs of dense shadow marring photos.

Text, however, was acceptably clear down to 4pt.

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Samsung CLP 770ND: Specs

  • Workgroup printer laser colour
  • Status LCD
  • Interface: USB, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Max Resolution (Colour): 9600x600dpi
  • Total Media Capacity: 600 sheets
  • Max Media Capacity: 1600 sheets
  • Monthly Duty Cycle: 120000 pages
  • Networking: Print server
  • Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
  • 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type B 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
  • 481x464x446mm
  • 29.9kg
  • Workgroup printer laser colour
  • Status LCD
  • Interface: USB, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Max Resolution (Colour): 9600x600dpi
  • Total Media Capacity: 600 sheets
  • Max Media Capacity: 1600 sheets
  • Monthly Duty Cycle: 120000 pages
  • Networking: Print server
  • Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
  • 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type B 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
  • 481x464x446mm
  • 29.9kg

OUR VERDICT

We’d be happy to use the well-built and speedy Samsung CLP 770ND network colour printer for everyday print jobs that required splashes of colour. However, we couldn’t recommend this network colour printer as a genuine alternative to a professional print house if you need to reproduce detailed images or require faithful colour reproduction.

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