Samsung CLP-315 review

Samsung is out to impress with this dinky laser printer

TODO alt text

Our Verdict

A small and simple printer, but be aware that it's not the cheapest out there to run


  • Compact
  • Quiet running
  • Low price
  • Decent print quality


  • Sluggish print speeds
  • Limited features
  • Costly to run

Samsung markets its new CLP-315 as 'the world's smallest laser printer' and there's no way you can argue with that.

Little bigger than most mono laser printers, this small black machine takes up very little room. It may only have a 150-sheet paper tray, but it's quiet in use and pages feed out on the top of the machine.

This is a pretty basic printer. It only includes one USB connection and features a four-pass colour print mechanism, which means that colour pages take roughly four times as long to print as black ones. Samsung quotes 17ppm for black and 4ppm for colour, and we got reasonably close to these figures under test. Even so, this is a slow laser for printing colour.

The quality of the prints is only average. Black text is fine but text over colour looks fuzzy and colours tend to be overemphasised. Photos showed some banding, too.

Print costs of 2.5p for black print and 11.1p for colour are on the expensive side, so be careful: the machine's low purchase price doesn't tell the whole story.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLaser Printer
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)17
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)4
Product FamilyCLP
Maximum Print Resolution2400 x 600 dpi
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeLetter, Custom Size
Duty Cycle20000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Height243.8 mm
Width388.6 mm
Depth312.4 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Label, Card Stock, Transparency, Preprinted Paper, Glossy Paper, Pre-punched Paper, Recycled Paper
Product SeriesCLP
Product ModelCLP-315
Product NameCLP-315 Laser Printer
Processor Speed360 MHz
Manufacturer Part NumberCLP315
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Color laser printer with manual duplexer prints 17 black/white pages per minute and four color pages per minute with 2400 x 600 dpi. First black/white page is out in less than 14 seconds from ready mode. First color page is out in 26 seconds from ready mode. NO NOIS print engine technology delivers quiet operation and uses easy-to-change toner cartridges. Laser printer features SPL-C (SAMSUNG Printer Language Color), manual duplex, 150-sheet input tray, 32MB memory and 360MHz processor. Compatible with Windows and MAC. Weighs 24.3 lb. Energy Star qualified.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • CLP315 Laser Printer
  • 700 pages Yellow/Magenta/Cyan Starter Toner Cartridge
  • 1000 pages Black Starter Toner Cartridge
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory32 MB
Weight (Approximate)4.54 kg