Dell 1250c conclusion

January 14, 2011 by Sarah Meyer Reads (12,732)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy tests
Energy consumption for the 1250c was interesting to track because sometimes it acted like an inkjet or your typical “desktop printer”, but then sometimes it pulled large amounts of energy like most laser-class printers are known to do.

For instance, in ready mode or sleep mode, the energy consumption is quite low at 8 W and 3 W, respectively. Even, when printing, for nearly half a 40-page job, the energy pulled was somewhere in the 30-50 W range.

But then, the energy use would jump into the 500-900 W range for the other half of the job leaving a very inconsistent energy use picture. Or when the 1250c warms up, again the energy use would be high, near 800 W, before dropping into ready mode or easing into a print job.


  • Ultra compact footprint
  • Low initial cost for a color laser class
  • Drum and fuser unit lasts “lifetime”


  • Only offers USB connection
  • No standalone capacity

The Dell 1250c is a great little printer, but I think it will fill a very niche role in the SOHO or SMB markets due to its limited connectivity and lack of standalone features. Of course, those happen to also be the 1250c’s best features as a desktop printer because it brings down the initial cost, it makes for a simpler navigation and takes up less space.

Plus, with a small printer like the 1250c, the consumables are more affordable while still giving customers a low cost per page; as low as 4 cents a page when using the high yield black toner cartridge (2,000 pages for $69.99) to print black and white documents.

I would recommend the 1250c to a professional working from a satellite or home office with high print volume and color needs. Or perhaps in a small office or workgroup as a secondary printer for an employee with high print volume.

The Dell 1250c is available now through the Dell website for the sale price of $199.99, $30 off the suggested retail price of $229.99.

Supplies and accessories can be purchased through the Dell website. A set of standard capacity toner cartridges (CMYK) for the 1250c will cost $188.96. High capacity toner is also available for the 1250c; a set of high capacity cartridges (CMYK) will set you back $279.96

Dell offers a 1-year limited hardware warranty and 1-year Advanced Exchange Service with 24/7 phone support.



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