The Dell can’t do these things. Longer bars indicate better performance. The Dell n design shows a mix of good ideas and some carelessness. As with most fax-capable multifunction printers, the control panel is arrayed along a ledge just under the scanner glass. Laser multifunction performance pages per min. The Bad Can’t fax or scan over a network; inconvenient for faxing from a PC. The Good Affordable; good print and scan quality; easy to use; includes Ethernet interface.
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These are all among the fastest speeds on our chart. The Dell n, however, was faster at printing graphics than plain text.
It’s small enough for a crowded home office but lacks features an individual user would want. Unfortunately, the Windows fax software won’t read Dell’s clever standalone address book. 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.
We do wish the two-line LCD were backlit, however. All samples were well inked–not too dark, not too bright.
As a result, we quickly got the hang of entering speed-dial addresses–which can include symbols such as apostrophes and ampersands in their names–and reducing two or four originals onto one page n -up copies. By comparison, this score was a little slower than that of the fastest MFP we’ve seen in text printing, the Brother MFP, which printed text at But to send a fax from your PC, you have to use Windows’ fax driver because Dell’s software doesn’t do that.
Dell n By Dan Littman July 20, 8: Visit manufacturer site for details. Longer bars indicate better performance. But this product is full of paradoxes.
Dell n review: Dell n – CNET
And to add memory, you open a door on the left side to expose a memory slot, which avoids disassembling the case and exposing the controller. HP LaserJet The Windows installation was a breeze: However, we also found that the text was sometimes hairy and with slight banding on the graphics.
Don’t show this again. When you install the Dell n on an Ethernet network, it activates an embedded Web server that lets you observe the printer’s status in a browser from a remote PC. 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.
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’s software shows the split-personality nature of the device. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. It combines a page automatic document feeder with a flatbed scanner to function as a walk-up copier and fax machine.
The n’s printer settings utility on the PC includes a fax address book that synchronizes with fax addresses created on the control panel–a feature we normally consider essential on a multifunction printer. 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. The scan image matched the target document perfectly with great color matching and sharp detail.
The Good Affordable; good print and scan quality; easy to use; includes Ethernet interface.
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Best Printers for Review summary The Dell n multifunction is a vendor-rated 22ppm monochrome laser printer. HP LaserJet Good. As with most fax-capable multifunction printers, the control panel is arrayed along a ledge just under the scanner glass. Despite our reservations about the Dell n’s appropriateness for individual users, we found it useful when attached to a single PC.