Dell 5100cn Printer Review
The Dell 5100cn color laser printer may look large and boxy, but it is actually a powerhouse. Capable of doing speedy color prints and with duplexing capabilities, it is a true work horse. It is also reasonably-price at around $1000.00 or less.
The Dell 5100cn color laser printer is enclosed in a silver-gray case and is a bit large for a home office as it is designed as a workgroup machine. Parallel, USB and ethernet connections are available for networking and direct interfacing, without a need for an external print server, much like the Oki C5100 toner printer. Network set up is much simpler than competitors; you simply insert the CD software and, when prompted, type the IP address into the LCD screen. Two sided printing is standard, helping to reduce costs and paper usage.
What the unit lacks in extras it makes up for in text quality and simplicity of design. The paper inputs are clearly marked with pictures and graphics to make installing new trays a breeze. You can expand the 650 standard sheets of input to 2,150 sheets supplying all the paper you will need for larger print demands. The unit also has a monthly duty cycle of 90,000 pages, keeping up with heavy workloads and growing businesses and workgroups.
Dell 5100cn toner cartridges have a rather large capacity. At 8,000 pages for the color laser toner cartridge and 9,000 pages for the black printer toner cartridge, they compare well to other models. For example, even though Dell 5110cn toner has similar capacities, the 5100cn cartridges are a bit less expensive. Since the drum is not attached to these Dell toner cartridges, it will only have to be replaced once every 35,000 pages. Comparing prices to Dell 3100cn toner or Dell 3010cn toner, the cost per page is quite a bit lower, due to the unit's larger capacities.
Two expansion slots allow for additional memory, up to 640 MB, to be added to the base memory of 128 MB. An LCD screen on the top panel displays color levels and can be used to select paper tray, go through maintenance settings and utilize network settings. Tracking your printer's performance and accounting for print jobs is accomplished via the unit's Web Tool right from your desk.