About My Dell 3130CN Laser Printer - Color - Plain Paper Print - Desktop
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Dell 3130cn Review
Not too long ago, color laser printers were too expensive for most people to even consider buying one. Now that the technology has matured, prices have dropped to the point where a color laser is an affordable investment. Dell offers for the business that has a network environment, the 3130cn color laser printer.
The 2006 Dell 3130cn can print up to 31 ppm in B&W or 26 ppm in color up to 600 x 600 dpi. Built-in Ethernet allows other computers on a network to take advantage of this color laser printer, and built-in duplexer saves on paper costs.
When color laser printers were first introduced on the market, they were big and heavy, and the 2006 Dell 3130cn is no exception. Weighting in at 53 pounds, the printer takes up a 16” x 19” footprint, with an 18½ “vertical, making it taller than many heavy-duty B & W desktop laser printers.
The Dell 3130cn comes with a 250-sheet paper cassette and a multi-purpose flip-out door that can hold up to 150 sheets of legal or letter-size paper. Businesses that need a color printer with better paper capacity have the choice of buying the 550-sheet cassette tray, which can be easily attached under the laser printer.
Network-ready for 10/100BaseT Ethernet, the Dell 3130cn also has USB & Parallel ports for direct connection to any computer. The built-in 256MB of printer memory can be expanded up to a whopping 1024MB, enabling it to easily handle workloads as a high-volume office printer.
The 3130cn is quick to get started. After a 20 second warm-up, each print job begins in under 11 seconds. The Dell 3130cn can print up to 31 pages per minute using only the black toner. Unlike multi-pass color printers that take 4 times as long to do color prints, the 3130cn can print up to 17 color images per minute. For two-sided printing, the 3130 comes with a duplexer as standard equipment. Duplex speeds are 20 ppm B&W, 17 ppm color. If you want to print in only B&W, the printer software will allow for you to only use the black toner, saving on color toner. Maximum resolution for the printer is 600 x 600 dpi. Print emulations include HP PCL5e, PCL6, and Adobe PostScript3
The control panel is designed with a 2x16 character LCD display, indicator LEDs, and 5-way navigation controls. The layout of the control panel makes it very intuitive and straightforward to make configurations.
If you happen to be an administrator, Dell’s Configuration Web Tool application gives you the ability to remotely monitor and manage the 3130cn. The Web Tool runs on IE, Safari, or Firefox Internet browsers and allows an administrator to remotely change network printer configurations and receive notifications.
The biggest space in color printers gets taken up with the toners and drum assembly. The 3130cn’s great height is due to Dell designing the printer to have stacked toner cartridges. Because the light-sensitive drum and fuser are fully exposed when the front panel is opened, Dell warns not to keep the door open for more than 5 minutes or suffer premature print deterioration. Also, the process of replacing toner in the Dell is more difficult than seen in other color laser printers.
There have been complaints from graphic designers of color alignment and registration problems, which is not a good thing if trying to do graphic posters and brochures.
Sitting idle at 4dB, the Dell 3130cn produces 56dB of sound when printing. To give you an idea of what that means: 60 decibels is about the level of typical conversations. If you have a quiet workplace, you don’t want to place this near any office cubicles, but its noise will hardly be noticeable in a copy room or break room.
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