Moving around the the rear, well, as you can see there isn't much to point out with this model other than a main power connection. There is a removable rear door which allows access to the feeder assembly in case of a jam, but other than that, there is nothing to point out.
On the right hand side you have the connection panel and the main power switch. The connection panel allows you to connect the printer up as a standalone with one computer through a USB port, a network printer through the ethernet port, and the third connection is for the expandable 100 page tray which can be connected to the front if needed.
The one thing I would have liked is to have the power connection somewhere closer to the front. I becomes a real pain and stretch when you have to reach around to the rear of the machine to turn it off. A power switch closer to the front or on the top of the printer near the control panel would be helpful.
The top of the unit houses the main 200 page output tray along with the LCD display, status light and the menu/configuration keys. To be completely honest, the menu system in most cases won't be needed seeing it it setup right out of the box. The menu system is straight forward and easy to navigate and I won't be covering it in any detail in this review. Also as a side note, the software control panel can change the configuration as well as the top keys.
PRODUCT USE & TESTING
Product setup is remarkably easy. Simply insert the CD into your computer and following the on-screen prompts to setup the printer as a stand alone unit or for network use. The instructions make it literally fool-proof and setup and software installation took just over one minute for either the USB or Network connection. For the network use, the machine establishes an IP address on your network and practically sets itself up.
As an initial test, I fired up a full color 23 page PDF file for this computers first test. Here is a video of the first initial print job. As Samsung states, this printer does print in full color at a full 21ppm.
Overall, a very fast print job. Next up I printed the same document in full duplex mode. Samsung couldn't have made duplex printing any easier. All you have to choose in the software is whether you want the duplex printing to be done along the long or short edge and it takes care of the rest. The printer just prints the one side, re-inputs the page back into the machine and prints the opposite side on one smooth motion. Duplex printing is a little slower, but it does save on paper.
As my first foray into color laser printing, the CLP-610ND isn't exactly an introductory bottom of the line printer. With a printing resolution of 2400x600dpi, great color reproduction shouldn't be a problem. Color laser printing even on standard paper is exceptional and exponentially better than even the best inkjet printers I have used in the past. As you can see above, the print quality is amazing. Even photos on standard paper look great and could be wall mounted right out of the printer.
But what else really can you say about a printer. It works, its fast, it prints high quality documents in regular or full duplex and does so with much less maintenance costs than a professional inkjet alternative. High quality printing couldn't get much easier.
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