Dell 2150cdn conclusion

December 17, 2010 by Sarah Meyer Reads (14,676)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 9
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy use tests
I wasn’t surprised to see high energy use when printing since the 2150cdn uses laser technology. The 2150cdn energy use ranged from lows of 100 W to highs of 1100 W during every print job it performed.

During the brief warm up from off, the energy use could spike as high as 1100 W as well but it quickly fell to the ready mode standard of about 10 W of energy. I found this to be low for a color laser printer.

The sleep mode energy use was also low at 5 W but comparable to what I’ve seen from peers in the same class as the 215cdn.


  • Good print quality
  • Quick duplexing speeds
  • Network capable


  • Standard toner yield for price

I liked using the Dell 2150cdn: it was simple to setup and operate, offered a good mix of business features targeted for SMB and, most importantly, worked as advertised.

My only real complaint – and only con on my list – was that the cost per page is slightly higher than some competitors in the standard capacity toner cartridge realm. A set of standard capacity cartridges cost about $300 and have a slightly lower yield than what I priced out for other manufacturers with laser-class printers in the same space.

Overall, the Dell 2150cdn can offer a SMB quality prints, good print speeds at a fair market price and its worth considering.

The Dell 2150cdn color laser printer is available now through the Dell website for the sale price of $319.99. The suggested retail value is $399.99.

Supplies and accessories can also be purchased through the Dell website. A set of standard capacity toner cartridges (CMYK) will cost $299.96 while a high yield set (CMYK) will cost $396.96.

Dell offers a 1-year limited warranty with Advanced Exchange Service for the 2150cdn.




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