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Dell 1350cnw Color Printer review

Dell 1350cnw Color Printer
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £130.80
inc VAT

This compact printer is simple to use and produces great results - but it's very expensive to run


single-pass colour LED, 15ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 225x394x300mm

Dell’s 1350cnw is a compact colour laser-class printer that looks almost identical to the entry-level Dell 1250c we reviewed recently. Despite the similarity, however, the 1350cnw improves on the other printer’s specification in several important ways: in addition to a USB port it supports both wired and wireless networking, has a small backlit control panel and comes with a multipurpose feed on top of the standard paper input tray.

Like the 1250c, strictly speaking the 1350cnw is an LED printer, as it uses LED rather than laser light to create the page image on the photoconductor drum. While the former is one of the cheapest colour laser-class printers you can buy, the extra features on the 1350cnw don’t make it all that much more expensive. At just over £130, it’s a potentially a huge bargain for small firms or home users who just want to share a printer among network users, but only if it’s actually any good.

Dell 1350cnw Color Printer

Things get off to a positive start. The compact printer is small enough to fit on a desktop or even a deep shelf, and not too heavy to lift there. During use it’s very quiet and transmits almost no clunks or thumps into the desk, making it easy to work alongside. When loaded with A4 the simple paper tray projects from the front, however, and the four consumables are accessed via a door at the right, so the printer requires more space than it seems. Paper is held in place by a stop at the end of an extending arm, which flexes in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Otherwise, though, the printer seems well put together.

Dell’s straightforward setup program asked if we wanted to download the latest drivers and printer firmware during the installation, but it stalled during the process. We didn’t experience any other problems, though, and the supplied drivers worked with no issues. They’re well laid-out, too, presenting everyday options on three tabs relating to paper settings, graphics and layout. The options available on these cover the vast majority of needs, but determined users can access the full range of settings via the Advanced tab, which includes a helpful couple of sentences to explain each option.

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Basic Specifications

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Maximum native print resolution 600x600dpi
Maximum enhanced print resolution 600x600dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 15ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 12ppm

Tested Speeds

Mono page from sleep time 1.0 28s
Colour page from sleep time 1.0 30s
Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 34s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 42s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 225x394x300mm
Weight 10.6kg
Noise (in normal use) 51.2dB(A)
Duty cycle 30,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 216gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 160
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 160
Duplex (code, cost if option) No


Printer technology single-pass colour LED
Language(s) host-based
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Standard printer memory 128MB
Maximum printer memory 128MB
Other laser features and options none

Buying Information

Price £131
Price of 2nd paper cassette N/A
Capacity of supplied black toner 700 pages
Capacity of supplied colour toners 700 pages
Capacity of supplied drum(s) N/A
Estimated colour TCO – three years medium £1784.40
Estimated colour TCO – three years heavy £7076.40
Warranty One year next business day
Consumable parts and prices £61 each

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 34s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 42s