After cornering the markets for mobile phones and televisions, Samsung is continuing its relentless pursuit of the number one spot in the printer market. The latest weapons in Samsung’s armoury are the CLP-620ND and the CLP-670ND, which replace the 610ND and 660ND respectively.
The CLP-620ND claims a print speed of 20 pages per minute, the same as the CLP-610ND, although first page out time is five seconds slower, despite the fact that both machines use the same processor and the CLP-620ND has double the memory at 256MB. The 620ND also benefits from the addition of PCL 5c emulation, alongside the PCL 6 and SPL-C printer languages found in the 610ND – although still no Postscript 3.
Other than the additional 2kg of weight, the main difference between the two machines is the difference in print resolution; this has been improved from a respectable 2400 x 600dpi in the 610ND to an impressive 9600 x 600dpi in the 620ND. Samsung is emphasizing quality with the new CLPs and has gone for improved output rather than increased speed. Real-Time Calibration Technology ensures consistent colour quality on all documents with the option to manually define colour quality on individual documents. In addition, Easy Colour Manager makes it simple to adjust the colour balance, brightness, contrast and saturation of any image before it is printed.
The CLP-670ND features the same colour management software and 9600 x 600dpi resolution as its little brother, plus the increase in memory size compared with its predecessor. Unlike the CLP-620ND, though, it also features a faster processor than the model it’s replacing – 700MHz as opposed to 533MHz. Once again, print speed in unchanged while first page out time has increased.
In terms of pricing, the CLP-620ND compares well to most of the competition with a higher resolution and/ or larger memory than the other machines in the same speed/ price bracket. The big exception, though, is the Kyocera FS-C5200DN which is cheaper to buy and run than the Samsung, uses Postscript 3 emulation, has a larger input tray and comes with a two year warranty. Samsung probably isn’t too worried about the competition from Kyocera but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a look.
On the other hand, the CLP-670ND finds itself up against the ever popular Xerox Phaser 8560DN, which is both faster and cheaper although, of course, it’s not a laser printer. Amongst the 670ND’s laser rivals are the Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650DN and the Kyocera FS-C5350DN which offer similar performance plus the added benefit of an extended warranty.
How will Samsung fare against its bigger rivals? Only time will tell but increased competition can only be a good thing and, if Samsung’s mission to claim the top spot results in better (and cheaper) printers all round, then we certainly won’t be complaining.
by Anthony Morgan