Dell 1355cnw Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good print quality
    • Functional front side USB port
    • Wireless connectivity
  • Cons

    • B&W print speeds slightly below advertised
    • Manual duplexing
    • Small ADF

Dell announced several new laser-class printers this past fall including several of the “world’s smallest laser-class printers” in their respective classes. We’ve reviewed two of the single function models: the budget friendly 1250c LED printer and the more robust 2150cdn. So naturally, we were curious about the lone multi-function series announced during the launch, the 1355 series.

The Dell 1355 series consists of two multi-function color LED printers with an ultra-compact footprint: the 1355cn and the 1355cnw with the major difference being that the 1355cnw offers wireless connectivity.

Both devices feature four functional devices, print speeds up to 15 ppm in black and 12 ppm in color, a large control panel with a 4-line LCD, a 295 MHz processor with 128MB of memory and a front side USB port.

Want to know more?  Read our full review – including our hands-on video – and find out if the 1355cnw would be the perfect companion for your small or medium sized business.


  • 4-in-1 LED printer: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 15 ppm in black and 12 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 600 x 600 dpi
  • 4-line backlit LCD
  • Front side USB port
  • 295 MHz processor with 128MB memory
  • 15-sheet automatic document feeder
  • Paper capacity: 150-sheet paper tray, 10-sheet bypass tray
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 30,000 pages
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS
  • Energy Star, RoHS compliant


The Dell 1355cnw is sort of a mixture of past designs we’ve seen from Dell in the MFP space. It has similar dimensions and layout to the 1135n – 16 x 15 x 13 inches (in nonuse) – but looks more like the 3335dn with the boxy design.

With a 15-sheet automatic document feeder, users can walk away while still copying, faxing or scanning larger documents.

Underneath the ADF, you’ll find the 8.5 x 11.7 inch flatbed scanner with an optical scan resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi (up to 4800 x 4800 dpi with software enhancement).

The control panel runs along the front of the printer and features a 4-line backlit LCD, four device menu keys, a four directional navigation, an alpha numerical key pad and 11 quick keys.

The 100-sheet output tray, 10-sheet bypass tray and 150-sheet paper tray are all found on the front of the 1355cnw. The 1355cnw offers a maximum monthly duty cycle up to 30,000 pages.

The front side USB port is found to the left of the 150-paper tray and it offers users a host of features including print from and scan to options.

Pull open the door on the right side of the machine to access the four CMYK toner cartridges (standard 700 page yield) included in the original packaging. Dell also offers high yield toner for the 1355 series (1,400 page yield for color cartridges, 2,000 page yield for black toner). As an added bonus, the drum and fuser unit is designed to last the lifetime of the printer.

All connections are found on the back of the printer. The Dell 1355cnw is network ready offering both Ethernet and wireless connectivity as well as a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection.

Want to see the Dell 1355cnw in action? Watch our hands on video below!



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