About My Dell 2335DN Laser Multifunction Printer - Monochrome - Plain Paper Print
Dell 2335DN Review
The Dell 2335DN is a 4 in 1 device that leans heavily on its very impressive print capabilities in comparison to its three other functions. The device can crank out an outstanding 35 pages per minute, but fails to deliver such impressive specifications when it comes to copying, scanning, or sending a fax.
The top of the Dell 2335DN is occupied by a large 50 page automatic document feeder that is not only robust but includes a hinged feed tray that makes removing scanned pages easy. Its regular paper capacity totals 300 sheets that is broken up into 250 sheets of standard paper storage and a second tray that can hold 50 sheets of special media such as envelopes or custom letterhead.
Paper handling can be expanded upon with a single additional 250 sheet tray that brings the device’s total possible paper storage capacity up to 550 sheets. Output capacity, like the document feeder’s capacity, is not expandable and rests at a very comfortable 150 sheets that should be plenty for most low level users who require conservative print and copy volumes.
A five button control panel accompanies the standard exit, job cancel, and start buttons for simple but effective navigation of the device’s functions. A numeric pad is also present and is primarily used for dialing fax numbers, though having a number pad handy also makes specifying copy quantities very fast.
A front USB port allows for stand alone printing from a memory device. Formats accepted by the machine include and are limited to bmp, jpg, pdf, and tif. A second USB port on the back allows for single PC hosting, though the unit’s networking capabilities are somewhat more appealing.
Setup of the device is made easy and the unit is networkable right out of the box. Postscript drivers are included as well as a copy of Nuance PaperPort to deal with scanning from a PC. Graphics can be printed at the standard setting of 600 x 600 dots per inch or the enhanced 1200 dots per inch and unfortunately copy quality does not match that of printing.
With a maximum monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages, the Dell 2335DN about doubles the potential print volume of its Brother counterparts, though Dell, like Brother, recommends a much lower print volume for sustainability and optimal product life. In this case, only 500 to 800 pages per month are recommended. Cost per page is also kept low by high capacity toner cartridges that can easily be accessed from the side of the device.
The Dell 2335DN is a little bit of a mediocre performer for its price. The device prints at the rate of 35 pages per minute, but surprisingly only copies at 20 pages per minute. This differential in speed is a perplexing one that should not be left unnoticed. Copy resolution also falls much shorter that that of print at only 600 x 600 dots per inch (print resolution 1200 dpi). The Dell 2335DN is truly a case of mismatched performance and it is heavily weighted in favor of printing when compared to copying and scanning as well.