Dell 2155cdn Review: Fast, Fast, Fast

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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
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Extremely fast
    • Long-lasting toner
    • Holds up to 501 sheets of paper
    • Nice features
  • Cons

    • Weird print error
    • Scans appear lighter than normal


Dell unveiled the 2155cdn laser MFP last year along with what was announced as the “world’s smallest laser-class printer,” the Dell 1250c. The 2155cn was also released in the unveiling; the difference between the two being that the 2155cdn has automatic duplexing. Today we’ll take a closer look at the Dell 2155cdn, targeted toward business users.

The 2155cdn has print, scan, fax and copy capabilities. Dell introduced the 2155cdn with an emphasis on its fast print speeds (24 ppm) and its high-yield print cartridges (40,000 page maximum duty cycle), both of which are huge pros for business users. The device can hold up to 250 sheets of paper in its standard tray, one sheet in the bypass tray, and customers have the option of adding another input tray with a maximum hold of 250 sheets.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Dell 2155cdn, including its print speeds, print quality, energy usage, and more. We’ll also provide product photographs, specifications, and let you know if we received any abnormalities while testing.

The Dell 2155cdn is a bigger MFP due to its paper holding capabilities, functionality, and fast print speeds. Its approximate dimensions are 17 x 21 x 23 inches, so it stands wide and tall. Users might need help getting it out of the box and placing it down, too; it weighs about 66 pounds without consumables. It’s black with matte surfaces aside from the silver accents on the control panel.

The 2155cdn has a 35-sheet ADF located at the top for hands-free faxing, copying and scanning. It can fit media up to 8.5 x 14-inches in size. The CCD flatbed scanner is located directly underneath the ADF, simply lift up at the top to access it. The 2155cdn can scan automatically to USB, FTP, SMB, application, and to email. Users can scan media up to 8.5 x 14-inches in size. Its maximum resolution is 1200 dpi. Users can save scans in TIFF, JPEG and PDF file formats.

On the left side of the device and underneath the scanner lies a USB port, handy for both scanning and printing files from an inserted thumb drive. Below the USB port is the control panel. The centerpiece of the panel is a 4-line / 28-character LCD, along with control buttons and a 12-key numeric keypad for the easy entry of fax numbers and other commands. The LCD can be navigated with the four directional arrows on the right side and the enter key (displayed as a check mark). The panel also has eight buttons where users can store eight fax numbers. After they are stored in the Phone Book, simply press one key to send a fax.

The 250-sheet standard tray is located at the very bottom; pull it outward to access it. The tray can hold media up to 8.5 x 14-inches in size. The bypass tray can hold one sheet at a time. Users may also purchase an additional 250-sheet input tray; this one would go below the first input tray. The 2155cdn can print on an array of media, including plain, coated, #10 envelopes, pre-punched/letterhead/pre-printed, labels and recycled paper. Note that the printer cannot print on glossy inkjet type photo paper.

Pressing a button on the right side reveals a door that has a full compartment for holding paper that got jammed while printing. On the same side is an ink cartridge panel for installing the toner. The 2155cdn comes shipped with four inks – the Dell 215Xcn Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.

All of the connections are on the back of the machine. You can connect the Dell 2155cdn with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 printer cable, across an Ethernet connection, or wirelessly with the optional dongle. Users can also connect it over a USB Host Port. It’s also worth noting that included with this MFP are two Kensington lock slots, one located on the front and one on the back. 



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