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The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2008 – Imaging – Samsung CLX3175


There were a few contenders for the Imaging title this year, most notably the innovative Flip camcorder which broke the mould for affordable, good quality video recording devices, and the magnificent Canon EOS 5D Mark II which has completely destroyed the conventional separation between HD video and still image capture.

However, Samsung’s new CLX3175 All-in-One Colour Laser printer has done something that may just tip the home printing market on its head. It’s brought the capital price of colour laser printing within reach of high end inkjet printers, and by so doing, it means that people at last have a choice to make when replacing their old product. Not only that, but the company has done so with a sweet spot 16 ppm, 2400 dpi all in one product, combining scanning, fax, printing and copying in one beautiful looking package. And at a very reasonable price.

The inkjet printer market has been getting a little complacent over the past few years, relying on the fact that prices have now descended to almost throw away levels at the low end. But people are rightfully getting a little cheesed off at having to replace their junk pile of a printer every year, and the advent of colour laser products at around the £200 mark will definitely cause many people to stop and consider before they waste more money on landfill fodder.

Not only is the laser printer build quality better – the Samsung is built as though it’s designed to last, and has a duty cycle of 20,000 pages a month which offers a lot of headroom for small business and home users – but so are the running costs, with colour page printouts costing a fraction of the inkjet alternatives.

If you’re in the market for a new printer, I would suggest that you take time to look at the colour laser alternatives. They may be a little bigger and not so photo perfect as their inkjet cousins, but as all round printing machines they really have come of age.

 Available in a choice of two colours, sleek black or professional two-tone grey, these quality laser printers & MFPs will complement any small office space, while their small footprint gives users more desk space and a clutter-free environment. For whisper-quiet operation, both series feature SAMSUNG’s exclusive NO-NOIS™ technology, ensuring noise levels at 46 decibels (equivalent to a library) – ideal for a printer that can sit on a desk and not disturb those working close by.


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