Dell 1350cnw Conclusion

July 11, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (7,759)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy tests
The energy consumption for this printer was all over the place while in use. It never stayed in any one wattage range. Like we said in the review of the Dell 1250c, at times while it was in use it would stay in a lower wattage like an inkjet would, and the next second it was acting more like a typical laser-class printer, pulling in high energy usage.

During ready or standby mode, it stayed the mostly same at 8 and 9 watts, which is average. During a print job in default mode it fluctuated between a low of 30 and a high of 740 watts, not staying in any one range for more than two seconds. Printing during toner saver mode made the printer fluctuate a lot from 30-750 watts, and it reached as high as 859. It was able to stay in the 30-50 range for a few seconds. The energy during start-up fluctuated immensely between 12 and 700 watts for about 5 seconds.

These readings, however, are normal for a laser-class printer. The 1350cnw is also Energy Star compliant.

PROS

  • Extremely compact
  • Wireless
  • Good quality text and color printing
  • Helpful software and embedded web server

CONS

  • Frustrating control panel (LCD and controls)
  • Print speeds way different than advertised

Conclusion

The 1350cnw is extremely compact, produces good quality printouts, and has Wi-Fi connectivity. It was fairly simple to set up the wireless using the Dell embedded web server and comes with useful software that can make things like diagnosing issues and ordering supplies simple.

 However, there were a few turn-offs. The control panel (LCD) on the 1350cnw is very difficult to use, and proved frustrating while we attempted to change the printers’ settings. Dell tries to rectify this by providing an embedded web server (and software, somewhat) but some people may not know how to use the web server. Moreover, the advertised print speeds were not accurate, and the real print speeds were only average.

The bottom line? The Dell 1350cnw would be a decent printer to have if your office needs a tiny, reliable, wireless printer with good quality printouts–but don’t need to extensively use a control panel.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Dell 1350cnw is available now through Dell for $200Supplies and accessories for the printer can be purchased through Dell’s website or by telephone. Single 700-page yield color toner cartridges sell for $49.99, and single black toner cartridges cost $38.99. A set of standard capacity toner cartridges (all four colors–Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black)  will cost $188.96. A set of high capacity cartridges (CMYK) will cost you $279.96.

Dell offers a 1-year limited hardware warranty and 1-year Advanced Exchange Service with the 1350cnw.


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