Dell 2155cdn Review: Performance

December 21, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (7,953)
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

Dell 2155cdn PERFORMANCE
Setting up the Dell 2155cdn
 

Dell provides a graphical fold-out guide on how to set up your printer. Following the guide, users must unpack it, remove all of the packaging, connect the power cord, hook the printer up (via USB cable, Ethernet, over the Host Port or wirelessly), lock the printer cartridges in place, load the paper, and insert the CD-ROM and follow the on-screen setup wizard. Users may also connect the device over a fax line.

The wizard on the CD-ROM is simple to use. After you pop it in, it’ll ask you to choose either the “guided setup” or the software installation only. If you choose the former, the wizard will ask you to choose the installation type (i.e. just on your computer or over a network), then choose the individual software items to be installed, and then allow the wizard to find your printer. Items will be installed next; it will take 5-20 minutes depending on the number of items you chose to install.

Ease of Use
The software included with the 2155cdn is best described as utility software. It’s intended to make it easier for users to complete daily tasks related to printing, scanning, etc. It includes tools such as scanning and setting up the scan options, adding numbers to the phone book (for faxing), changing the device settings, and ordering supplies.

The Dell Tool Box is an application where users can view information about the device, change the system settings, and diagnose, repair, and clean the 2155cdn. It’s a useful tool to have; it will show the unique Dell service tag number assigned to your device, as well as help you tons if something goes wrong with the printer.

Another helpful application is the Dell ScanCenter. As the name suggests, it’s an app used for configuring the scan options, image quality settings, paper size, resolution in dpi, and more. When users first install the ScanCenter they will have to go through a series of prompts to verify that the TWAIN driver works with their PC. After it’s installed, users will find this program to be very useful; everything you need to create the desired image scan is at your fingertips — you can even tweak the image sharpness and create a mirror image.

Dell also includes an Address Book Editor with the software bundle. Here, users can add up to eight fax numbers to correspond with the shortcut keys on control panel (directly on the device), as well as enter email and server addresses. The app is a basic editor, and it’s quite easy to use.

Other than these three programs, Dell also includes a quick launch utility for all of the applications, a printer status monitor console to see how low the inks are, and a supplies management center.


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