Dell 2330dn review

£162
Price when reviewed

Dell made its name in the PC business, producing cheap, quality systems to order, but these days it’s so much more than that. It now sells everything from monitors to projectors, and its laser printers aren’t half bad either.

Dell 2330dn review

The 2330dn printer is hardly the picture of style with its boxy black chassis, but laser printers rarely are; it’s by speed, quality, cost to run and features that they’re judged. And on two of those counts this Dell is impressive. First, it matches our Labs Winner on value. After 10,000 pages you’ll have paid out £269 exc VAT, and it maintains that thrifty performance the more pages you produce.

Second, it’s jammed full of features: an LCD panel, duplex unit and network connectivity are all included for a ludicrous price of £141 exc VAT. And it isn’t barebones elsewhere either, with a 50-sheet multipurpose input tray and 250-sheet input tray providing decent capacity, and the option to add a further 550-sheet tray for just £66 extra.

At such a low price we weren’t surprised to find the Dell soon beginning to fall behind. Quality is poor: photos and graphics suffered from banding; text wasn’t as crisp and clear as the best printers this month. And, in a race, it won’t keep up with the award winners either. Despite a rating of 33ppm, the 2330dn produced mixed results. It printed our 50-page text test at 32ppm, but more complex documents slowed it considerably, with an overall average of 27ppm.

These two aspects shouldn’t put you off the Dell – it’s very good value for money, after all – but we’d recommend you spend a little more on the Kyocera, which is slightly faster and produces marginally better quality prints.

Printer language & OS Support

PCL level6
PostScript level3

Basic Specifications

Colour?no
Resolution printer final1200 x 1200dpi
Rated/quoted print speed33PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionyes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page1.1p
Cost per A4 colour pageN/A

Consumables

Monthly duty cycle50,000 pages
Drum life30,000 pages
Fuser lifeN/A
Transfer-belt lifeN/A
Standard mono toner life2,000 pages
High-yield mono toner life6,000 pages
Standard colour toner lifeN/A
High-yield colour toner lifeN/A
Supplied mono toner life2,000 pages
Supplied colour toner lifeN/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level50.0dB(A)
Dimensions426 x 370 x 256mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption470W
Idle power consumption13W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured)32ppm
Colour print speedN/A

Media Handling

Input tray capacity250 sheets
Output tray capacity150 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?yes
Bluetooth connection?no
WiFi connection?no
PictBridge port?no
Other connectionsParallel

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported?no
Operating system Windows Vista supported?yes
Operating system Windows XP supported?yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported?no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported?no
Other operating system supportMac OS 9 and higher, Red Hat, SUSE

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