Dell 1250c Color LED Laser-Class Printer review: Dell 1250c Color LED Laser-Class Printer

Performance
The Dell 1250c is limited by its 192MHz processor and 64MB of memory, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in consistency, as compared to competitive laser printers in the same price range. We also put the 1250c up against some of the top performing multifunction inkjet printers to show the speed gains you'll see if photo printing isn't a concern. Like the 1350cnw, we rarely see consistent performance in the presentation and color graphics speed tests in laser printers, so the output results for the 1250c is equally satisfying.

Printing speed (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation Speed (PPM)  
Photo Speed (1 Sheet)  
Color Graphics Speed (PPM)  
Text Speed (PPM)  
Dell 1250c
3.26 
1 
3.32 
8.26 
Lexmark Interact S605
3.63 
2.07 
3.96 
7.83 
HP Photosmart C6380
2.59 
1.61 
2.07 
7.1 
Kodak ESP 5
2.21 
1.37 
2.13 
4.39 
Canon PIXMA MP495
2.55 
1.1 
2.15 
4.07 

Compared to other color laser printers, the Dell 1350cnw performs well, if not better than the competition in grayscale text and graphics as well as full-color graphics documents. Smaller fonts that would normally look illegible printed by cheaper models appear dark and crisp using the Dell; monochromatic graphics illustrate the same attention to detail, with smooth gradients and adequate depth in portraits and photographs--we should note that the best-quality color laser won't deliver the level of detail you would get from a five-cartridge inkjet printer, but the 1250c satisfies our expectations and we'd certainly recommend the output quality for professional handouts.

Service and support
The standard warranty for the Dell 1250c lasts one year, but you can upgrade it to up to four additional years. Dell provides free, toll-free phone support 24-7, but recommends trying the live online chat option first. For less urgent inquiries, you can also contact Dell's e-mail support team or check out its user forums. Dell's Web site also has product-specific support in the form of online user guides, drivers and software downloads, and a troubleshooting tool.

Conclusion
As long as you understand that it can only connect to one computer at a time, you won't be dissatisfied with the Dell 1250c's ability to output professional-level print jobs with consistent speeds, and we recommend it for anyone shopping for a new personal color laser imaging device.

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