Dell 1250c laser printer review: Consistent speed, limited connectivity

It can only connect to one computer through USB, but you won't be dissatisfied with the Dell 1250c's professional output quality and consistent speeds, and we recommend it for anyone shopping for a new personal color laser imaging device.

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The Dell 1250c is a suitable match for single users hunting for a single-function laser printer that can output black and color documents in a light-duty printing environment. Its $150 retail price puts it in the same price category as all-in-one multifunction inkjet printers that can fax, copy, and scan along with printing. But if you can't stand waiting for ink to dry, and don't mind a slight drop-off in image print quality, the Dell 1250c's quick output and crisp laser text and graphics earn our endorsement.

There isn't much to speak of in terms of button controls. You get a button to feed paper into the printer and another to cancel a print job in progress, along with four LED lights that roughly estimate the level of laser toner you have left in the color cartridge, as well as a line drawing of where the cartridges fit into the right side panel. Overall, the controls are intuitive to navigate, and with no wireless networking installed in the 1250c, the printer is simple enough for even for the most amateur technophobe to operate.

Want more? Check out more speeds, feeds, and features in our full review of the Dell 1250c color laser printer.

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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