Dell 1320cn review
If you’d told us a couple of years that in you’d be able to buy a network-capable, colour laser for just £101 exc VAT, we might just have believed you. If you’d told us the same printer would top the charts for speed and quality, though, we’d have laughed you out of the room.
While the Dell 1320cn might look uninspiring, our tests revealed it to be nearly infallible. In print quality, for instance, it scored perfectly. Our business graphics printed crisply and evenly, and with white text on red we experienced no background bleeding.
Gradients in bar graphs were smooth and consistent, and solid blocks of colour never appeared to be raised from the page, thanks to the weight of toner used.
Even our photographic test – the kiss of death for so many laser printers – was absolutely fine. Our mono photographic test was equally good.
It also managed our tests against the clock terrifically well. Over the course of our testing it averaged a fantastic 15.4pp – very impressive considering the price.
It quick when it came to our demanding 24-page DTP document as well: despite a difficult mixture of graphical, photographic and typographical elements, the Dell shrugged off the challenge and turned in a performance of 13ppm.
It’s almost enough to earn an unqualified recommendation, but there are a few problems. First is its TCO. With high-capacity colour toner cartridges running to £61 each, and an image drum setting you back £99 every 20,000 pages, the 1320cn is one of the more expensive printers in the long run.
If you expect to print more than a few thousand pages over the life of the printer you should look at cheaper-to-run options, particularly if you’re in the market for a single-user machine. It’s also worth noting that at 380mm high, it isn’t very compact.
However, if you’re only going to print occasionally and want to bag a fast, quality printer for just a shade more than £100, it’s a bargain.
|Resolution printer final||600 x 600dpi|
|Rated/quoted print speed||16PPM|
|Maximum paper size||A4|
|Monthly duty cycle||35,000 pages|
|Drum life||200,000 pages|
|Standard mono toner life||1,000 pages|
|High-yield mono toner life||2,000 pages|
|Standard colour toner life||1,000|
|High-yield colour toner life||2,000 pages|
|Supplied mono toner life||1,000 pages|
|Supplied colour toner life||1,000|
Power and noise
|Peak noise level||50.0dB(A)|
|Dimensions||400 x 422 x 378mm (WDH)|
|Peak power consumption||265W|
|Idle power consumption||4W|
|Mono print speed (measured)||17ppm|
|Colour print speed||13ppm|
|Input tray capacity||251 sheets|
|Output tray capacity||150 sheets|
|Operating system Windows 7 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows Vista supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows XP supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 2000 supported?||yes|
|Operating system Windows 98SE supported?||no|