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Dell Color Laser 5100cn Printer Review
The Dell Color Laser 5100cn is a medium priced printer that offers two-sided printing, outstanding output quality, and fast speeds. Other printers may offer more features, but the Dell Color Laser 5100cn cost less. When printing text, you will get quality copies. On top of that images printed with it are above average. Considering the price of the Dell Color Laser 5100cn, it is a real steal.
The Dell Color Laser 5100cn is easy to use. Simply open the front panel and you can insert paper or envelopes. Under the body of the printer you will find a 500-sheet paper drawer. There is also a 250-sheet output tray at the top of the printer.
Another feature of the Dell Color Laser 5100cn is an easy to navigate LCD control panel. It will show you toner levels and allow you to select what type of paper you wish to print on. On the back of the printer you will find a USB port, parallel, and Ethernet ports.
You won’t find it a hassle to install the printer using its Ethernet connection. The Dell Color Laser 5100cn will prompt you to install a network and type in the IP address from its display on the LCD. The network was set up and ready to go within minutes.
The Dell Color Laser 5100cn is fast and has outstanding network-management tools. One outstanding tool is Dell's Printer Web Tool that provides essential tracking via a Web interface. This tool can be used to check toner levels, request email alerts, and monitor usage patterns. Another feature is the Color Track driver so that you can shut out certain users from color printing by making the feature password protected.
Printing with the driver is easy. It is well organized and allows you to adjust paper type and size or add a watermark.
Printing with the Dell Color Laser 5100cn is very affordable. Toner cartridges yield 9,000 pages.
The quality of prints with the Dell Color Laser 5100cn is substandard. Monochrome prints with it were fuzzy and didn’t look good. Furthermore it is almost impossible to read smaller fonts produced by the Dell Color Laser 5100cn.
Color text showed less-than-smooth blending, which made for jagged edges. Colors were distorted and there were noticeable signs of dithering when printing with the Dell Color Laser 5100cn.