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Dell Colour Laser Printer 1320c review
Posted on 21-May-2008 14:25 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Reviews

Dell is introducing a series of colour laser printers in New Zealand, aiming to reach small offices and home offices. We had a Dell Colour Laser Printer 1320c for review here at Geekzone and it is impressive - not only in size and weight but in capabilities.

With up to 12 colour pages per minute and up to 16 pages per minute in monochrome, the Dell Colour Laser Printer 1320n produces crisp 600 x 600 dpi output - and silently.

The unit measures 400mm x 422mm x 378mm (15.6" x 16.6" x 14.8" ) and weighs 17.2 Kg (37.8 lbs) - and you can have it in any colour providing you chose black with silver accents and the Dell logo in the front.

In the front you find a 250-sheet drawer with support for a variery of paper sizes: A4, B5, A5, Letter, Executive, Folio (8.5"x13") , Legal, Com-10, Monarch, DL, C5. You can also insert individual pages or envelopers though a slot in the front of the printer.

Unpacking and installation is very simple, although you have to be careful when unpacking the drum - you have to hold it very still to avoid any scratches that could compromise the printing output. And you need to do it quickly too, because you want to reduce the photo sensitive elements exposure to direct sunlight.

The printer uses four cartriges - C, M, Y, K or a single black one and you can order those on-line through Dell's own website. Replacement seems to cost a bit, at NZ$ 119.25 for the colour cartridges or NZ$86 for the black one. Still for the quality and speed it seems like a fair price, when compare to what I get from inkjets that would cost almost the same in ink replacement. Expect to print up to 1,000 pages with each standard cartridge.

After you have completed the setup you can connect the Dell Colour Laser Printer 1320c through a USB 2.0 High Speed plug or a 10/100 ethernet cable, making it versatile for shared use. The package we received came with the optional network adapter.

An installation CD comes in the box and I had no problems installing the software on Windows Vista 32 and 64 bit. The software provides current status and network configuration - including SNMP community string and TCP/IP port for remote management and access.

I haven't tested it but the documentation says Dell ColourTrack 2 is also available, enabling administrators to control user access and print budget costs by remotely defining colour printing rights at the user level, setting print volume limitations and tracking usage over a standard Web browser. The Dell Toner Management System can also send email alerts on toner and consumables replenishment.

- low noise printer
- great print quality
- good speed performance
- remote management tools
- the printer my wife likes

- Keep an eye on supplies because you won't find the cartridges in your local electronics store.

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