Samsung's suggested price for the Samsung CLP-670ND is £430, but we've seen it online priced as low as £350. Unfortunately, the consumables are expensive unless you opt for the high-yield supplies.
The two-tone gray Samsung CLP-670ND has a minimal onboard interface: a two-line LCD; four-way rocker navigation; and Okay, Cancel, and Sleep buttons. It's easy enough to use, but the printer's web page (if you're connected via ethernet), driver, and Windows software monitor are far more informative and capable interfaces to the printer.
The CLP-670ND's standard configuration includes automatic duplexing, a 250-sheet input tray, a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, and a 200-sheet output top tray. The output tray exits toward the back of the printer. Its foldout extension is essential for keeping paper from spilling over the back edge, but it's a bit annoying, too, because it's narrow and allows the paper to droop around it. We'd like to see something more substantial. An optional bottom-mounted, 500-sheet cassette is available. A single empty SODIMM slot on board lets you upgrade the unit from 256MB to 768MB. The standard warranty covers one year.
Samsung bundles two handy and unique utilities with the Samsung CLP-670ND. AnyWeb Print lets you grab elements from disparate web pages within Internet Explorer and combine them into a single document. Easy Colour Manager allows you to tweak the brightness, contrast, and saturation of your print, using a sample section of the screen.
The Samsung CLP-670ND has a hefty 80,000-page monthly duty cycle, and its speed ranges from good to blazingly fast. Printing documents consisting mostly of plain text with a few simple grayscale graphics scattered about, the printer averaged 14.9 pages per minute on the PC and 14.1 ppm on the Mac - midrange speeds. On the PC, snapshot-size photo samples (printed on letter-size media) galloped out at an amazing 3.75 ppm at default settings on plain letter-sized paper, and they printed at 3.5 ppm on glossy photo paper at finer settings. On the Mac, our near-full-page, high-resolution colour photo took 69 seconds to print, an average rate.
The Samsung CLP-670ND's output quality is average for a midlevel laser printer. Text is sharp. colour images looked natural, though a little pale and flat. Upon closer scrutiny, we observed patterning and graininess, but the overall level of quality is more than adequate for business graphics and general-purpose photos. Offices that need finer quality should try to find room in their budgets for the Dell 5130cdn, the Lexmark C792de, or the Xerox Phaser 7500.
Toner costs for the Samsung CLP-670ND are on the high side. The standard-size supplies (included with the unit) include a 2500-page black (£61, or 2.4p per page) and, 2000-page cyan, magenta, and yellow (£68 each). Combined, a four-colour page costs a whopping 13p - more than many inkjets. The high-capacity cartridges double the page yields but cost only £99 for the black and £108 apiece for the colours.
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