Dell 3100cn – A Dynamic Option For The Office

by garrett on March 4, 2009

The Dell Laser Printer 3100cn has a reasonable price, strong performance, and good image quality. It is a network printer that comes with a 250 sheet paper drawer as standard equipment, making it even more of a value, not to mention the Dell 3100cn toner. The Dell 3100cn is a flexible printer with many of connectivity options and support for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. This printer comes with a standard 64MB of RAM that can support a small office with about 10 people.

Dell 3100cn toner cartridges are rated for 4000 pages. Replacement cartridges have a price that is very good when you look at the output that it can provide. Those prices should make the 3100cn economical to run. You can stretch costs further by buying the cartridges in packs of four from Dell’s Web site. They are also very easy to replace.

The Dell 3100cn has a 250 sheet main paper drawer, and also has a 150 sheet tray behind a door that folds down from the front; this tray is also the multipurpose feeder. You have the option to add another 250 sheet drawer or you can add a 500 sheet drawer which would give it a 900 sheet capacity. The 3100cn supports both Printer Control Language and PostScript emulations. The printer has a footprint of about 17 by 17 inches, which takes up little space, but it can get much taller if you add paper drawers to the bottom of the unit.

The Dell 3100cn’s black-and-white printing is excellent. Text is crisp and is not overly heavy or too light. The smallest fonts remained clear. Line art looks perfect, and grayscale photographs showed sharp details and smooth tonal conversions. Graphics output is quite precise. Text prints at a speedy 17.8 pages a minute. This is a very good speed for this class of printer.

The Dell 3100cn weighs about 72 pounds, but has great output which obviously is of high quality, and the fast grayscale speeds are a big plus for this machine. This color laser printer does a very good job at printing; the color graphics are outstanding, with the photographic precision that you would expect from an inkjet, without the smeared edges. The printing of black text which is the most common use for an office printer excels well above the norm. The Dell 3100cn has a 22ppm grayscale text speed which shows that this Dell can do very well in a heavy text printing situation, especially in a workgroup.

The three front mounted buttons below the LCD screen: menu and cancel buttons and a select button surrounded with four-way arrow keys turn any adjustment you need to make into an easy to control work panel. Some of the commands and settings may take more than one step, but still for all the functions that it gives you this still makes the Dell 3100cn a good value.

If you are looking for a quality printer for a small business the Dell 3100cn will meet all of your needs. The printing quality is excellent, and the extra features make it a dynamo in the office. The toner carousel which takes either black and white or color Dell 3100cn toner cartridges makes it is to replace the old cartridges, and also makes the printing tasks more cost effective. For more information, check out our site

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