Dell n By Dan Littman July 20, 8: The Dell n, however, was faster at printing graphics than plain text. We’ve changed, we promise. For one thing, the walk-up copy and fax features are easy to operate, thanks to the control panel and menus. The built-in Ethernet interface lets the n operate as a shared printer, but when deployed over a network, no one can use its color scanning capability. It also copied at about 6.
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But this product is full of paradoxes.
We do wish the two-line LCD were backlit, however. Pronter show this again. The Dell neither impressed nor disappointed us with its print quality.
As with most fax-capable multifunction printers, the control panel is arrayed along a ledge just under the scanner glass. The Dell n is different. In our tests, it not only scanned quickly but also produced nearly the best-quality color scans quality we’ve ever seen, not just among multifunction printers, but among scanners in general. Dell’s software shows the split-personality nature of the device.
However, we also found that the text was sometimes hairy and with slight banding on the graphics.
Visit manufacturer site for details. The Bottom Line The Dell n multifunction laser printer mixes single-user and small-office capabilities to one’s complete satisfaction. Best Printers for Longer bars indicate better performance.
Laser multifunction performance pages per min. The built-in Ethernet interface lets the n operate as a shared printer, but when deployed over a network, no one can use its color scanning capability. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Over all, the glossy silver and black machine measures 18 inches wide by 16 deep and stands 18 inches high; it weighs 1600j manageable 34 pounds.
Unfortunately, the Windows fax software won’t read Dell’s clever standalone address book. HP LaserJet While it performed well in CNET’s tests and impressed us with its overall print and scan quality, most home users won’t need the Ethernet capabilities, and office users probably won’t need the walk-up capabilities, making it hard for us to recommend it for either scenario.
Dell also provides PaperPort 9. As for the good and bad design ideas together, you can slip the scanner lid completely out of its hinges and set it aside to make room on the glass for scanning large and odd-size documents, which is a good thing that most multifunction printers equipped with an automatic document feed ADF don’t allow.
However, the power cord connecting the ADF to the main unit is permanently attached and a bit too short for the lid to rest comfortably on your desk, so you’ll have to improvise a support. The scan image matched the target document perfectly with great color matching orinter sharp detail. In most multifunction printers, the scanning function is considered secondary and that also goes for the scan quality.
But to send a fax from your PC, you have to use Windows’ fax driver because Dell’s software doesn’t do that. Our text and graphic documents showed good detail and were generally sharp.
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HP LaserJet Good. Ddell n By Dan Littman July 20, 8: We’ve changed, we promise. Scan and copy performance The printer did very well at scanning. On the control panel, Dell separated and clearly labeled the buttons for each function, and the hierarchical menus displayed on the LCD follow logical paths.
Dell n Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. The Bad Can’t fax or scan over a network; inconvenient for faxing from a PC.
However, the network capabilities fall short of some multifunction printers’ we’ve seen that can send and deliver faxes across the network as well as send scans over the network.
By comparison, this score was a little slower than that of the fastest MFP we’ve seen in text printing, prknter Brother MFP, which printed text at For one thing, the walk-up copy and fax features are easy to operate, thanks to the control panel and menus.