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

The printer is simple to set up, but make sure you hold onto the disk that comes in the box, as it has the drivers and installation files necessary to connect it to a PC. The installation files are meant for PC users, but the printer also works with the Mac operating system 10.3.9 or later, and you should be able to find the model number in the list embedded in the Mac Print Center. If you were wondering why the price is low compared to other color lasers, the reason is because you can only connect to one computer at a time through the single USB port on the rear of the device--other laser printers like the upgraded Dell 1350cnw can connect to a 10/100 Ethernet network or through a wireless connection to support multiple users in an office, but it also costs double the price of the 1250c.

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
Lexmark Interact S605
HP Photosmart C6380
Kodak ESP 5
Canon PIXMA MP495

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.

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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Quick Specifications See All

  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Workgroup printer - LED - color
  • Max Resolution ( Color ) 600 dpi
  • Interface USB