Dell 3000cn review: Dell 3000cn

Despite these high color-laser compliments, this Dell's 4.2ppm color speed is merely middling, though only marginally slower at color graphics than the Samsung CLP-500. And the 3100cn swiftly knocks out black text; it whooped the Samsung CLP-500 by more than 8ppm. Its grayscale graphics speed also beat the rival Samsung by 3ppm.

CNET Labs color laser performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Dell 3100cn color laser
4.21 
4.83 
17.97 
21.95 
Samsung Color Laser 500
4.43 
4.4 
14.69 
13.81 
Okidata Oki C5200 Color
11.45 
8.3 
12.81 
13.2 

CNET Labs' color laser performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Color graphics  
Color text  
Black graphics  
Black text  
Dell 3100cn color laser
Excellent 
Excellent 
Good 
Excellent 
Okidata Oki C5200n color
Fair 
Fair 
Good 
Excellent 
Samsung color laser 500
Fair 
Fair 
Fair 
Good 

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Performance analysis written by CNET Labs project leader Dong Van Ngo.

Setting up the Dell 3100cn doesn't require cracking open the manual once. The step-by-step setup poster makes installing toner, connecting to a computer or a network, and configuring software drivers a piece of cake.

The Dell 3100cn provides an industry-standard one-year warranty, but Dell juices it up with a generous next-day onsite-service offering. You can upgrade the warranty to cover three years for an extra $149. Toll-free phone tech support is available 24/7 during the warranty period. Dell's Web site offers top-notch customer service and support options for your specific product, including support history, an extensive database of FAQs, driver downloads, documentation, and tutorials on graphics troubleshooting, plus how-tos and maintenance. The driver software itself provides a quick and easy way to order replacement supplies: just click an onscreen link to go straight to a Web order form.

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  • Interface Parallel
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - color
  • Max Resolution ( Color ) 600 dpi
  • Max Speed 25 ppm
    5 ppm