Dell 3115cn Printer – Rich Graphics You Don’t Have To Be Rich To Get

by garrett on March 5, 2009

The Dell 3115cn color laser printer is what’s known as an “all-in-one.” By that, we mean it combines color printing along with fax and scan capabilities. It works well as a standalone unit, or as part of a small work group network of computers. The Dell 3115cn toner cartridges are also relatively inexpensive and can be found without any problem. This unit has a good print speed and a high maximum duty cycle. It also comes in under 500 dollars, so the initial cost for such a versatile machine is low right out of the box.

Printing Speeds.

In black and white, the Dell 3115cn prints documents at 31 pages per minute and 17 pages per minute in color. Actual print speeds can be slower, depending upon selected printing quality. It has an automatic document feeder, too, which lets you copy a particular document of up to 50 pages without having to feed each one into the unit.


The Dell 3115cn has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages, which makes it more than adequate for most home or small office businesses. The included Dell 3115cn laser toner cartridges are good for about 5000 pages for black and white docs and about 4000 pages for color output.

Print Quality.

Standard print is good, at 600dpi, 2400 image quality. Colors are sharp and clear, and resolution is well within acceptable ranges.

Other features.

With full-color scanning available and automatic document feeding capability, the Dell 3115cn can be a smart choice for the savvy small business owner. You can also scan documents directly to your PC, and a handy document archive software program (PaperPort 10) makes keeping track of all your paperwork a snap. The fax feature works in both standalone mode or through your PC and email applications.

Toner Management.

Given the need for toner replacement from time to time, Dell’s proprietary toner management system makes keeping track of when and how much toner to buy pretty easy. If the unit is networked, you’ll be able to set up color printing access to whomever you want to have that capability and also to prevent unnecessary color print jobs. It’ll also notify via email when you’re running low on toner and will even order it for you, if you want.


The Dell 3115cn laser printer and Dell 3115 laser toner cartridges are versatile and can handle high volumes of printing. Because the 3115cn is an all-in-one, some cost savings can be realized from not having to purchase separate scanners or fax machines. Additionally, the USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports can be supplemented with an 802.11 wireless printer adaptor to streamline space in an office.

Storage and Memory.

The printer’s paper storage can be upped with the addition of a 550 sheet paper tray that bumps total storage to 950 sheets. Standard memory comes in at 128 megabytes, but is upgradeable to 1152 megs, which will handle just about any graphics-rich print job.


The Dell 3115cn combines black and white and color laser printing with scanning and fax capabilities. The included Dell 3115cn laser toner cartridges come with large output printing capacities and it prints out documents at acceptable per-minute ranges. It also comes standard with Dell’s 24/7 on-site support in the first year, which can also be extended another 4 years for a small fee. It’s a rugged printer, too, so costs on the maintenance side should be low. Per-page printing costs for black and white come in at about 14 cents and color at about 94 cents, both of which are right in the ballpark for units such as this Dell. For more information check out our website

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