Dell 1125 Review
As a direct competitor to Canon’s imageClass MF4150, the Dell 1125 offers many of the same features in a similarly sized package as the Canon device, with a few differences here and there. The Dell is moderately priced as well as affordable to operate, making it the buyers choice when it comes to overall cost of use.
The Dell 1125 is reasonably sized with a footprint of about 15 x 16 x 17 inches. This makes it suitable to fit on a desktop and small enough for a personal workspace. Its weight of about 23 pounds also makes it a little lighter than its inkjet competitors and certainly small for a laser printer.
Dell claims that the 1125 can pump out a page of material for about 3.2 cents, but this number is sure to have gone down since the device’s release as its consumables and overall cost are certainly lower. Users can slice into the cost per page a little bit by ordering the available high yield toner cartridges which are almost always a marginally better cost per page value.
The scan glass that sits atop the unit is of good size, measuring a full 8.5 x 14 inches and allowing for manual letter sized scanning as well as copying. Three dimensional objects can also be scanned with the device though its scan cover is primarily designed for flat pages.
With a 2 x 16 character operation panel that supports up to 50 characters total, the Dell 1125 is equipped to handle a pleasant menu browsing experience. The device is not as fancy as those with the more modern color touch screens, but it certainly does the trick for basic menu selection.
One let down from Dell is their “starter” ink cartridge that ships with the 1125. This unit is ready out of the box to print only about a thousand pages. Meaning, under any kind of workload, a buyer will basically have to order a new ink cartridge the day the printer is purchased to eliminate the risk of printer downtime.
The Dell 1125’s print speed falls just short of being competitive in the current market. With a max speed of 20 pages per minute for A4 paper and maybe a marginal increase when dealing with letter size, the unit is certainly slow in comparison to devices on the shelves today. Its max print resolution of 600 x 600 dots per inch is also just a tad disappointing, considering many of the printers out there can bust out a nice clean 1200 x 1200 dot per inch image.
Scan speed is also slow when using the unit’s built in automatic document feeder. In fact, it’s almost surprising that the unit can only crank out 11 scans per minute considering its print speed is almost twice that. Basic zoom features are accessible through the device’s control panel to degrees of 25 to 400%, but overall there is nothing that stands out about the copy functionality. Scan resolution tops out at only 600 dpi which is another letdown.