Dell 2150cdn colour laser printer
Dell 2150cdn review: This printer has a low price tag and impressive performance figures, but buying toner is expensive
- Affordable purchase price, very good print quality
- Toner can be expensive
A low price tag and good performance make the Dell 2150cdn colour laser printer appealing, but its standard-size toner is pricey.
Price$ 618.99 (AUD)
If you're running a business the Dell 2150cdn looks like a bargain. It's cheap and has good performance, but if you're going to be printing a lot take into account the 2150cdn's moderately expensive toner costs.
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Dark, sharp-edged, and monolithic, the 2150cdn has a no-nonsense look that reflects its features. Standard paper handling includes a 250-sheet paper cassette, a manual-feed slot, a 150-sheet top output bin, and automatic duplexing (two-sided printing). The printer comes with 256MB of RAM (upgradable to 768MB) and carries a one-year warranty. Toner cartridges are easy to reach via a side panel, and the entire front of the printer folds down for easy access to paper jams (with removal of the drum). The control panel's two-line LCD and small cluster of buttons are simple to use, and the LCD's messages, while curt, are only occasionally confusing.
The 2150cdn provides middling speed. In tests, plain-text pages printed at 15.1 pages per minute on the PC and 13.7 ppm on the Mac. A half-page photo on the PC printed at 2.8 ppm at default settings and 1.24 ppm at finer settings. A full-page, high-resolution photo printed on the Mac exited at an underwhelming 0.8 ppm.
Although we liked the output quality from the 2150cdn, we had to work hard to achieve it. Our test model suffered colour-registration problems: The colours weren't lining up, resulting in fuzzy or off-kilter images. The printer's own automated registration-adjustment tool was unable to correct the issue. Several tedious rounds with the manual registration controls were necessary to set things right. (Notably, we ran into the same issue with the nearly identical Xerox Phaser 6500DN.) Once we tweaked the settings, colour graphics looked realistic and mostly crisp, with just a little fuzziness in finer details. Text was nearly impeccable.
Workgroups considering the 2150cdn should note that two sizes of toner cartridges are available. The standard-size, 1200-page cartridges are very expensive: The $103.40 black cartridge comes to 8.6 cents per page, while each $110 colour (cyan, magenta, yellow) is 9.2 cents per page. A four-colour page would cost 36 cents. The high-yield cartridges include a $129.80, 3000-page black (4.3 cents per page) and $143, 2500-page colours (5.7 cents apiece per page), which work out to cents for a four-colour page. These prices are a little above average.
The Dell 2150cdn offers a decent serving of workgroup-printing capabilities for a temptingly low purchase price. You won't get a break on the toner pricing, unfortunately. A model in about the same price range, with cheaper consumables, is the Brother HL-4570CDW.
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