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Dell Color Laser Printer 3100cn

alaTest has collected and analyzed 184 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the build quality and print quality are overall positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. The noise and paper handling get critical opinions, while opinions are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Dell Color Laser Printer 3100cn is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Dell 3100cn Review

 

This model offers plenty of paper capacity, plus fast text printing and high quality at an excellent price.

Fast, high quality text prints ; Plenty of paper capacity

Glossy photos lacked color saturation

Like the 3000cn, the 3100cn's black-and-white printing was superb. Text looked crisp and was neither overly heavy nor too light. Even small fonts were easy to read. Line art looked almost perfect, and our grayscale test photograph displayed sharp...

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Dell 3100cn

 

The Dell 3100cn features a toner carousel, which rotates the single black and three color cartridges, one at a time, to the front of the machine for replacement. This design forces you to consult the LCD to move colors one by one to the front, so you...

Excellent color-laser output; network printing; expandability; optional duplexing; generous paper tray; works with Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

Bulky design.

This honking-big, networkable color laser printer produces fantastic color output and speedy clear text.

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Dell Laser Printer 3100cn

 

The Dell Laser Printer 3100cn not only has the right price for a personal laser printer, it comes close to offering all the right features, notably good speed for the price and better output on balance than most color lasers. Unfortunately, it also...

Output quality overall is in the top tier for color lasers. Best performance for business applications in its price range. Offers both PCL and Postscript

Did not have enough memory to print our 8-by-10 photos in high-quality mode (and boosting memory to handle those photos would add over 10 percent to the price)

The Dell Laser Printer 3100cn offers good or better quality overall, including photo output that's in the top tier for color lasers, even though it lacks enough memory to print our photos in high-quality mode. It also gives reasonably good overall...

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HardwareCentral - Dell Color Laser Printer 3100cn Review.

 

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Dell 3100cn

 

They are very imposing to look at but do produce excellent quality prints. Only downside is they are not that intuitive; nor is the 64MB enough to print more than 1 high res picture at a time.

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Piece of Crap ... get something else

 

Envelope handling is very poor. This causes envelopes to crease unpredictably as they pass through the printer and the print quality is pathetic with ghosting and smudging the norm. The controls for changing printer settings are anything but intuitive...

Nothing. I thought it would be a solid performer because it has Dell's name on it. Boy was I wrong

Print quality. Envelope handling. Non-intuitive controls. Toner cartridge changes are difficult. Toner cartridges prone to unseat during normal use

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"Piece of Crap ... get something else"

 

Envelope handling is very poor. This causes envelopes to crease unpredictably as they pass through the printer and the print quality is pathetic with ghosting and smudging the norm. The controls for changing printer settings are anything but intuitive...

Nothing. I thought it would be a solid performer because it has Dell's name on it. Boy was I wrong.

Print quality. Envelope handling. Non-intuitive controls. Toner cartridge changes are difficult. Toner cartridges prone to unseat during normal use.

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Dell 3100cn

 

Envelope handling is very poor. This causes envelopes to crease unpredictably as they pass through the printer and the print quality is pathetic with ghosting and smudging the norm. The controls for changing printer settings are anything but intuitive...

Nothing. I thought it would be a solid performer because it has Dell's name on it. Boy was I wrong

Print quality. Envelope handling. Non-intuitive controls. Toner cartridge changes are difficult. Toner cartridges prone to unseat during normal use

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Fussy, unreliable, EXPENSIVE

 

The first time you, or one of your users, decides to move this behemoth the lower tray will fall off and the sensor will be damaged. Dell recommends buying a new paper tray when this happens. For us, once was bad. This is the third time. I figure it is...

The color quality is great

The lower paper tray is not secured to the printer. The toner loader and is cumbersome. The paper sensors are fussy making anything other than 8.5X11 a real pain. When printing it is LOUD. Dell support for printers is not exactly stellar

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Dell 3100cn

 

The first time you, or one of your users, decides to move this behemoth the lower tray will fall off and the sensor will be damaged. Dell recommends buying a new paper tray when this happens. For us, once was bad. This is the third time. I figure it is...

The color quality is great

The lower paper tray is not secured to the printer. The toner loader and is cumbersome. The paper sensors are fussy making anything other than 8.5X11 a real pain. When printing it is LOUD. Dell support for printers is not exactly stellar

Product Specifications

The Dell Color Laser Printer 3100cn offers reliable performance and color laser printing for a small business at the price of black and white. This printer provides up to 25 pages per minute in black and white and 5 pages per minute in color at 2400 Image Quality. Designed to support high printing volumes and great usage demands, the 3100cn delivers a monthly duty cycle of up to 45,000 pages and a 900-sheet maximum media input capacity. Dell Color Track offers a separate monochrome print driver that allows you to designate color and/or black and white printing on an individual or workgroup basis. It provides effortless setup and installation via USB and parallel ports. In addition, the built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet connectivity equips the printer with enhanced networking capabilities. The 3100cn includes the Dell Toner Management System - an intelligent toner and consumables monitoring program that proactively provides email alerts on toner and consumables replenishment, including low toner, paper out, paper jam and fuser maintenance. Dell Printer Web Tool makes it easy to install, configure, and manage your network printer and consumables.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.5in
Height:21in
Weight:69.4lbs
Width:16.7in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC / Unix
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:3100cn
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Color Laser Printer

Miscellaneous

Color:Ion silver / Midnight gray
Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type:Print server

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 5E / PCL 6 / PostScript 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):25ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):5ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:600dpi
Media Type:Cards / Envelopes / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):20,000 - 49,999 pages
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Standard
Technology:Laser
Total Media Capacity:400sheets
Type:Workgroup printer

RAM

Installed Size:64MB
Max Supported Size:576MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty /3 years warranty
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