Dell 3010cn Review
The Dell 3010cn is a color network printer perhaps best designed for a workgroup or small office environment. It delivers a fairly standard feature set in a relatively small package, and an environment that doesn't need an all-in-one unit or fast color printing may find it more than adequate to meet their needs.
The printer measures 17" by 16.7" by 16.5" and weighs 55.1 lbs, making it heavier than most standalone printers but not as heavy as larger industrial units. Despite its small footprint, it will likely require its own table or another piece of furniture, like a credenza, to sit comfortably and be easily accessed.
The printer produces documents at maximum speeds of 25 pages per minute in black and 5 pages per minute in color. The extreme disparity between these speeds makes its black printing likely adequate for many applications and its color printing almost completely unsatisfactory for environments that need fast color prints, and many newer color printers offer faster speeds across both black and color prints.
The printer has a maximum resolution across both black and color prints at 600 by 600 dpi, smaller than newer models offering laser prints at 1200 or 2400 dpi.
The printer interfaces with systems either via USB or via 10/100-Base TX Ethernet, making it easily connected to any system manufactured in the last decade, if not longer.
The printer has a 2 line, 16 character backlit LCD and a 3 button, 5 way cursor keypad for easy data out and configuration.
The printer has a 300MHz processor and ships with 64 MB of memory standard, which can be expanded to 576 MB if needed by adding a 512 MB DIMM to its one expansion slot. The printer also has 16 MB of ROM and 8 MB reserved for fonts.
The printer has a 150 sheet multipurpose tray. 1 250 sheet and 1 500 sheet covered drawer can be added to bring the printer's total capacity to 900 sheets. The printer outputs paper to a 250 sheet bin, which cannot be expanded.
The printer supports printing to paper, coated paper, transparencies, labels, envelopes, and cardstock. It supports sheets sized A4, A5, B5, DL envelopes, C5 envelopes, and custom sized sheets between 3.5" and 8.5" in width and 5.5" and 14" in length. The optional 250 sheet drawer can process paper sized A4, A5, or B5, and the 500 sheet drawer can process paper sized only A4. Prints can be laid out in portrait or landscape, can be set as multiple copies, spread across a single page, assembled into a booklet, watermarked, or overlaid.
The printer includes drivers for Windows 9X and NT versions, allowing for easy installation and use in most PC environments. It also supports 81 Enhanced GDI fonts and 35 PCL fonts in ROM.
The printer can be configured to enter a user-defined power save mode between 5 and 240 minutes of idleness. The printer consumes 220 watts of power when printing color continuously and 340 watts of power in monochrome, as well as 82 watts in standby and 30 in powersaver mode.
Dell's included drivers do not officially support Mac OS X or Linux, requiring workarounds to be successfully configured in and to make full use of the printer's feature set.
The printer cannot be configured for duplex printing and there are no optional components to enable it. No other paper handling options are available.
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