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Sep 22, 2009 5:16 pm

I have to get me knee replaced in two weeks (old, bad, bad football injury) and I am planning on working from home for the next few weeks. I was at staples and looked at some of their sub $500 color laser printers last night. Anyone use one of these? I don’t foresee using it as a workhorse printer, just something from home. Are these any good, or should I just stick with my inkjet?

Thanks for any input! 

Sep 28, 2009 8:56 am

Bought this Samsung CLP500 about 5 years ago and have had no issues with it whatsoever - until my finace spilled coffee all over it - paid about $700 at the time however they can be purchased for next to nothing now (refurb - $200) or pick up a brand new clp610 for $399. Cartridges run about $75/color x 4 colors. Pretty good small office set-up or great home office set-up.

Sep 28, 2009 11:24 am

  One of the things you'll want to look for is cartridge capacity.  I also have a Samsung CLP 315w and that thing seems to EAT the toner.  The black cartridge is only good for 1500 prints.  The microchips on each cartridge prevent you from filling your own toner and still being able to print.  Very expensive per page.   The link above is a VERY good printer and it can be free if you commit to at least 2,000 prints per month and buy your supplies through them.
Sep 28, 2009 1:24 pm

Thank guys. I have a xerox phaser in the office from the free program and love it. (even though the solid ink is expensive).

Oct 1, 2009 12:49 am

  I use that one in my office...great machine thus far...
Oct 1, 2009 9:25 am


too funny. I went to the store last night to buy that same printer, but they were out of stock. The only bad thing I heard was it is an ink hog. Any truth to this? It seems that every laser printer has a complaint about using too much ink. so I am not too worried.


Oct 1, 2009 9:48 am


  Thanks for sharing this one.  At least the Brother printers offer HIGH YIELD toner cartridges and the costs per page would be even less than the Xerox.   Have you used the scanning feature on this printer?  How do you like it?
Oct 1, 2009 8:11 pm


I use that one in my office…great machine thus far…[/quote]

Have this unit as well, however only the B/W version. Works great for scanning etc, I imagine if the color version were up to par with the likes of HP it would be quite the space saving unit.
Oct 3, 2009 11:52 pm

CALI - I don’t see this printer being a toner hog, but then again, it’s pretty new for me so time will tell.  I did a lot of research before I chose that one.  I’ve had Brother printers before and they’ve always served me well.

  Gordon - The scanner is great thus far...pretty quick and auto-detects duplex.   User - This color printer runs rings around the HP printers I've used.
Oct 4, 2009 8:59 am

BROTHER CUSTOMER SERVICE IS GREAT. That is important.  I certainly could be wrong but generally I figure there’s really probably not a huuuge difference in quality between the quality and capacities of most of the major printer manufacturers products. 

  I can say from personally expericnce, in any debate of HP versus Brother I have had sucky support expericnce with HP and I have had superior experience with Brother.    Service IS important- that is critical in yours and my businesses and ditto for the retail printer industry. Sup