Dell 3130cn Color Laser Printer Review
It is a big black printer of the next generation type that might be staring at, wondering how the bulk tolerated on our desktop. Even Dell has planned to make it look wilder on the table by estimating the height of its product.
The main reason for its height was the vertically mounted inline color laser machine. Each of the four cartridges has its drum, integral, photo-conductive and transfer belt carrying pages up from a 250-sheet paper tray, or a 150-sheet multipurpose tray mounted directly above. A paged feed to the machine’s top surface and its opaque black surface adds to the physical presence of the printer and fits Dell’s home style.
The control panel, set to the top surface, contains a 16-character two-line LCD screen and a simple set of controls, consisting of a four-ring menu navigation button, with an extensive ‘check’ button in the middle, bounded by a menu and cancel button.
At the rear, notch into the printer’s backplate is a socket for USB 2.0, Ethernet and parallel connection, with a Wi-Fi adapter as an option, if you need wireless connectivity. Other options include a 550 sheet paper tray, duplex unit, and more memory, useful if you regularly print complex documents.
Dell claims the highest speed for 3130cn is 30ppm, prints black and 25ppm, prints color. Our five-page text print takes 24 seconds, although there are 15 seconds to warm up to be added to this if the printer is asleep. Without heating time, this is equivalent to 12.5 ppm, less than half the speed registered. However, when you increase the number of pages to 20 pages, the printout still finishes in 52 seconds, giving a rate of 23ppm, not too far from the title number.
Our five-page, color, and black printing take 24 seconds, giving a color speed of 12.5 ppm so that the overall printer does not approach the rate that it claims. But the speed achieved is sufficient for most users unless you run the machine in a very busy workgroup.
Text prints are clean and show little signs of drizzle, or jagged edges on circular or diagonal strokes. The color graphics are very smooth, with no banding, and small cutout patterns bother you. However, some shades are darker than they should be, and registration of black text against a colored background is not ideal, indicating halos for some characters.
Our test photo prints are reproduced well, again with a few dashes, a reasonable level of foreground detail, and excellent shadow detail. The edges aren’t as sharp as some printer rivals.
At first looks, there seem to be some consumables in this machine. However, when we checked with Dell, the fuser, belt unit, and separating roller all had a 100,000-page service life so that they could be adequately considered as lifelong components. That leaves a combined drum and toner cartridge and is available in two capacities, 3,000 and 4,000 pages for color and black for standard results, or 9,000 for each in high yields. Guess which cartridge came with the printer out of the box?
It is a workgroup color laser printer that can be serviced correctly for general office use. Although a little on the long and big side, many more significant and more expensive machines offer the same duty cycle. Accessible to service, it can be expanded relatively, provides better than average print quality, and is cheap to run.
- Duplexer costs extra
- Design leaves transfer belt vulnerable
- Very fast
- very good print quality
- Economical consumables
Spoil your small workstation with this printer’s speed, great output quality, and cheap toner.
Dell 3130cn Color Laser Printer Specification
- Printing Spec
|Networked color-capable laser printer|
|Printer Dimensions (W x D x H)|
|15.8″ x 19.8″ x 18.5″|
(400mm x 504mm x 470 mm)
|53.5 lbs (24.3 kg)|
|Max Print Speed (Actual print speed will vary with use)|
|Up to 31 ppm mono and up to 26 ppm color (letter)|
Up to 30 ppm mono and up to 25 ppm color (A4)
|600 x 600 dpi (Dots per Inch)|
|Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle|
|Up to 70,000 pages per month|
|Standard Paper Input|
|150-sheet multipurpose tray, 250-sheet drawer|
|Maximum Paper Input Capacity|
|Standard/Maximum Output Capacity|
|Optional Paper Input Accessories|
|550-sheet drawer, duplexer(for two-sided printing)|
|Duplex (Two-sided printing)|
|Media Types Supported|
|Plain paper (Light, Normal,Thick); Cover (Normal, Thick); Coated paper(Normal, Thick); Label stock(Normal,Thick); Envelope ; Japanese Post Card; Recycle Paper;|
Dell 3130cn Color Laser Printer Manual
Dell 3130cn Color Laser Printer Statement of Volatility.pdf
Dell 3130cn Color Laser Printer Software & Drivers
Dell Open Print Driver
Dell Printer Management Pack for
Dell 3130cn Color Laser Printer MFP Installer and Application
Dell Printer Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager