The Dell 5100cn is a color laser printer with the speed and feature set of a larger office machine in a compact and affordable design that will appeal to small or medium office environments. It offers a good compromise between high-priced bulky models and under-powered compact laser printers. Its price is one of the best in its class, though Dell 5100cn toner is a bit expensive.
The design of the Dell 5100 is not compact, but it is not as bulky as some of its competition. The unit measures 16.8 inches by 22.9 inches by 18.2 inches and weighs 84 pounds, which surprisingly is much heavier than the multi-function Dell 3115cn toner
printer. At this size and weight, it is too large for a tight home office, but nearly any other configuration will find it an easy fit.
Networking support is included with an ethernet port that allows for quick and easy connection to your existing network. With the easy setup process the printer can be up and running for all users in very little time. Its built-in web server also allows users to manage print jobs or change settings from anywhere on the network for extra convenience.
Print speed is fast, at 25 pages per minute in color and 35 pages per minute for monochrome. The 2400 dpi enhanced mode provides excellent print quality.
Dell 5100cn toner cartridges are a bit more expensive than competing models, which makes replacing toners harder on the budget. Dell toner
costs are a large part of operating costs, so this factor should not be ignored. Using third-party compatible Dell 5100cn toner does help reduce costs, as does the large page yield of the Dell 5100cn toner cartridges.
For the office that needs the performance of high-end printers but not the extra cost or the extra bulk, the Dell 5100cn is a happy medium. Its speed and quality are top notch, and its affordable price for the printer and laser toner
makes it a good value.