Small or medium office users who want a solid color laser printer at a great price should consider the Dell 3100cn. If you also need multi-function capability like copying, scanning and faxing, look at the Dell 3115cn toner
printer. It has fast speeds, large paper capacity and great expandability options, but its design is quite bulky, making it unsuited for very small offices. Dell 3100cn toner costs are reasonable.
At a time when most color laser models are getting more compact, that bulky design of the 3100 is a bit overwhelming. It measures 16.7 inches by 16.5 inches by 21 inches and weighs a hefty 69.4 pounds with the Dell toner
. This means many small office users will have to look elsewhere. The unit can connect via USB or parallel, and it also has ethernet networking built in, making it easy to connect and share among a network of computers.
Paper capacity is large at 400 sheets, divided between a 250-sheet main tray and 150-sheet multi-purpose tray. Paper capacity can be expanded to a maximum of 900 sheets, though this will add to its size somewhat. The memory can also be expanded from 64 MB to 576 MB for those who do a lot of graphics-heavy or complex documents. Print speed is very fast at up to 25 pages per minute for black, but color is a bit slow at 5 pages per minute.
Toners are easy to replace and printer toner costs are reasonable. Dell 3100cn toner cartridges have large capacities, which results in a low cost per page. Dell 3100cn toner cartridges may be difficult to find in stores, but they are readily available online. In fact, third-party compatible Dell 3100cn toner is easy to find and a great choice for saving money.
With its built-in networking, fast speeds and great output quality, the Dell 3100cn is a solid choice for a color laser, but its bulky design might be too large for smaller offices, and its color speeds could be a little faster.