Both the Samsung CLP-500 and the CLP-315 are quality color laser printers, although they are suited for two different types of users. The Samsung CLP-500 has a monthly duty cycle of 35,000 sheets and the Samsung CLP-315 has a monthly duty cycle of 24,200 sheets, which enables the CLP-500 to provide for a larger work force than the CLP-315. But at a mere 30 lbs, the Samsung CLP-315 is the smallest, lightest printer in its class and is perfect for offices with limited space.
The Samsung CLP-500 features two connectivity options—parallel and USB. The Samsung CLP-500’s easy-to-read status LCD helps walk you through the set-up process, and alerts you of any maintenance issues. The Samsung CLP-315 features USB 2.0 and 10/100 Base TX Ethernet connectivity options, which can help you set the printer up to a network with ease.
The consumables included in the Samsung CLP-500 differ from the typical black, cyan, magenta and yellow. In comes with black, silver, cyan and magenta toner cartridges instead. The black, magenta and silver toner cartridges all yield approximately 1,500 pages, while the cyan toner cartridge yields approximately 2,000 pages. The Samsung CLP-315’s consumables include one black and three color toner cartridges. The black toner cartridge (CLP-K300A) yields approximately 2,000 pages. The cyan (CLP-C300A), magenta (CLP-M300A) and yellow (CLP-Y300A) toner cartridges all yield approximately 1,000 pages each. As an added bonus, the Samsung CLP-315 features easy-access toner bottles in lieu of the traditional heavy cartridges, which makes replacing toner a quick and easy process. The Samsung CLP-315 comes equipped with starter toner cartridges, a power cord, CD-ROM, a quick setup guide and a users manual.
The Samsung CLP-500 produces high-quality monochrome and color documents—both at 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi. The Samsung CLP-315’s print resolution of 2400 dpi x 600 dpi also delivers radiant color documents and crisp monochrome documents. The Samsung CLP-500 produces monochrome documents at 21 pages per minute, and color documents at 20 pages per minute. The Samsung CLP-315 produces documents at much slower speeds—4 pages per minute for color documents, and 17 pages per minute for monochrome documents. However, the printer has a first print out time of 14 seconds, which means you won’t have to wait a long time for your print job to begin. The Samsung CLP-315 has a media capacity of 150 sheets, which can accommodate the printing demands of most small- to mid-size operations. The Samsung CLP-500 has a media capacity of 350 sheets, and can expand to a maximum media capacity of 850 sheets to accommodate operations with large print jobs.
The Samsung CLP-315 comes equipped with 32 MB of installed memory, which cannot be expanded. If you foresee your business growing in the future, you may want to opt for the Samsung CLP-500, which comes equipped with 64 MB of installed memory. The CLP-500 can also grow with your business, as the memory is expandable up to 192 MB. The Samsung CLP-500 also features a duplexer, which makes double-sided printing a breeze.
Overall Specs – Samsung CLP-500:
- Print Speed: Monochrome – 21 ppm; Color – 20 ppm
- Memory: 64 MB; expandable to 192 MB
- Resolution: 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi
- Duty Cycle: 35,000 pages
- Paper Capacity: Input – 350 sheets; expandable to 850 sheets
- Connectivity: USB, Parallel
- Dimensions (w x d x h): 20.1 in x 18.5 in x 15.9 in
Overall Specs – Samsung CLP-315:
- Print Speed: Monochrome – 17 ppm; Color – 4 ppm
- Memory: 32 MB
- Resolution: 2400 dpi x 600 dpi
- Duty Cycle: 24,200 pages
- Paper Capacity: Input – 150 sheets
- Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB, 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet
- Dimensions (w x d x h): 15.4 in x 13.5 in x 10.4 in