Dell 2155cdn Review: Tests

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

Print Speed and Quality Tests
The Dell 2155cdn was able to print at a rate of 23 pages per minute of black and white text under the printer’s default print mode. It took nine seconds to push the first page out and each subsequent page printed in two seconds. The overall print time for 40 pages was one minute, 44 seconds. I can already tell that this is the fastest laser printer I’ve ever personally reviewed.

Printing in color under the default print mode was only a second or two slower. We calculated an average of 22 pages per minute and the overall print time for 40 pages was 1 minute and 45 seconds. The first page printed within 11 seconds and it took each subsequent page two seconds to print.

Printing in draft mode (or “toner-saving mode”) was about the same, too. It took 12 seconds to print the first page and two seconds to print each page after that. It printed at an average rate of 22 pages per minute and it took 1 minute and 45 seconds to successfully print out 40 pages. It’s definitely a good sign that no matter what print mode or setting is enabled, the device is going to constantly deliver speedy prints.

A weird error popped up on the printer’s LCD (on the control panel) while we were doing our test prints. It said that the black cartridge was detached, and it prevented us from printing any more pages. Seeing as we didn’t remove the cartridge from its slot or even touch the printer, we could only deduce that for some reason, the printer malfunctioned. After we locked and unlocked the black cartridge and closed the toner door, we were able to get it up and running again. Although it only happened once over the span of printing, it’s still something to keep in mind.

The overall print quality was good, as well as definitely on-par with other laser MFPs. Our black and white text prints were bold and crisp and of professional quality. The toner saver mode may not be of a professional quality, but it’s definitely an option for users who want to save a little while printing materials that aren’t going to be shown to anyone else. The text was dark enough to see clearly, but light enough to know you’re saving on ink.

Left: Text print on the default mode, Right: Text print on the toner saver (draft) mode
All test pages scanned by the Dell 2155cdn 

We noticed that the color prints were generally of better quality than most other laser MFPs. The colors are very bold and the resolution is somewhere between good and average. Contrast is also very good. Users won’t be able to print photos at all, though, because glossy inkjet paper isn’t compatible with the 2155cdn. 

Above: Color print on the default mode
All test pages scanned by the Dell 2155cdn

The fax machine worked fine; we were able to get the fax speed dial on the control panel to work properly as well. The scans, however, were below average quality-wise. The text pages just weren’t dark enough.


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