Dell 2155cdn Review: Conclusion

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

Energy Tests
The Dell 2155cdn is Energy Star qualified. We’d say it’s about average when it comes to energy usage, meaning, it’s really just all over the place while printing, but when it’s sitting at “ready” mode (i.e. not doing anything), it’s pretty low. It stands at an even 15 watts while in ready mode. During start-up it fluctuates between 17 and 42 watts. While printing in the default mode, it reached 1050 watts, but it stayed between 800-950 watts the most. While we printed in toner saver mode, it reached 1100 watts, but fluctuated the most between 850 and 950 watts a lot.

Users may change the printer’s power settings using the Dell Tool Box. You can set the ‘sleep’ and ‘deep sleep’ times, as well as turn on the power saver wake up timer. 


  • 4-in-1 color laser multifunction: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 24 ppm letter and up to 23 ppm A4
  • Print resolution: 600 dpi
  • Scan resolution: 1200 dpi
  • 4-line / 28-character LCD with 8 fax quick keys
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Front side USB
  • 35-sheet ADF
  • Paper capacity: 250 sheets standard tray, 1-sheet bypass
  • Monthly duty cycle: 40,000
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wireless (with the dongle), USB Host Port 
  • Energy Star certified
  • 1-year limited warranty with next business day onsite service

We recommend the Dell 2155cdn color laser multifunction printer to any business user who needs a super fast MFP with a long-lasting ink expectancy. The 2155cdn balances good print quality with inks that have a high monthly duty cycle. During our printer speed tests, we found that it was able to print at an average of a page every two seconds – you won’t be waiting very long for that large manuscript to print out, that’s for sure.

We also liked that you can purchase an extra input tray that can hold up to 250 additional sheets – in bigger companies, constantly changing the paper can be a pain; with the 2155cdn, you won’t have to do that very often. Other perks include the Dell software, which allows users to tweak their scan files before they’re scanned, as well as the other nice features that come along with it, including an eight-key fax speed dial on the control panel and the automatic duplexing.

During our print tests we did run into an unusual printer error: the LCD kept reading “the black toner is detached.” It wouldn’t let us print any more pages – we had to unlock and lock the ink before it would let us begin again.

The only other foreseeable downside is that the scans appeared much lighter on-screen than expected. The scan quality was a little less than average for laser MFPs.

The Dell 2155cdn color laser MFP is available now through Dell and authorized resellers. It carries an MSRP of $799.98. The 2155cdn is customizable. Users can optionally choose to add on more memory for speedier prints, or a wireless card, or an extra 250-sheet paper tray. The additional tray would attach directly onto the bottom.

Other supplies are available through Dell as well. The 2155cdn comes shipped with four print cartridges (installed into the device but not locked), including the 215X black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. These are the standard inks, but users can also buy additional consumables online from Dell. The standard 1,200 page yield inks cost $79.99 and the 2,500 high-yield toner costs $98.99.

The Dell 2155cdn comes with a one-year limited warranty. It includes the Dell next business day and onsite service.



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