Dell B5460dn review
Dell’s latest B5460dn mono laser sets new standards for value, pumping out 60ppm at a shade less than £500. The Kyocera FS-4300DN delivers the same print speed and a similar feature set, but it costs almost twice as much.
The Dell can’t beat the Kyocera on printing costs, however. Dell’s combination of extra high-yield toner cartridge, fuser and drum delivers a page for 0.83p, while the FS-4300DN has fewer consumables and returns a page for 0.4p.
The B5460dn handled our speed tests well. A 30-page Word document appeared in the output tray in 30 seconds at both 600dpi and 1,200dpi. The time to first page was never more than six seconds, and the integrated duplexer delivered the same test print in 49 seconds.
However, our DTP-style document – with 24 pages of large graphics and photos – proved more of a challenge. At 600dpi, it printed in 24 seconds, but it took 42 seconds at 1,200dpi. The FS-4300DN kept printing at full speed in these tests.
The Dell doesn’t suffer from the ugly banding we saw with the Kyocera; even so, photos suffer from a lack of detail in darker areas, and become murkier still at the 1,200dpi setting. But we’ve no complaints about the text quality, which is pin-sharp.
The printer is also packed with features. The driver offers a proof-and-hold facility for multiple copies, plus PIN protection for sensitive documents.
There’s plenty of scope for hardware expansion, too, and you can walk up and print from the front USB port. Be prepared to wait, however – our eight-page test PDF took 3mins 40secs to print.
The B5460dn is currently the best-value high-speed mono laser on the market. The middling print costs are offset by the low price of the printer itself, and expansion is extensive – but the printer’s substandard image printing limits its use to jobs where quality isn’t a priority.
|Resolution printer final||1200 x 1200dpi|
|Rated/quoted print speed||60PPM|
|Maximum paper size||A4|
|Cost per A4 mono page||0.8p|
|Monthly duty cycle||275,000 pages|
Power and noise
|Dimensions||512 x 425 x 415mm (WDH)|
|Mono print speed (measured)||60.0ppm|
|Input tray capacity||550 sheets|