The Good The Dell 1250c is easy to set up and delivers high-resolution documents in black as well as color.
The Bad The printer can only connect to one computer at a time through a USB port in the pack, lacking Ethernet and Wi-Fi networking.
The Bottom Line The Dell 1250c color laser printer's compact frame makes sense for users in a confined space, but its lack of Ethernet and wireless connectivity limits its appeal for networked offices.
Dell 1250c Color LED Laser-Class Printer
The Dell 1250c is a suitable match for individuals 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.
Design and features
The Dell 1250c blends into the background of any professional atmosphere with a dark black exterior and an exceptionally small footprint (15.5 inches wide, 11.80 inches deep, 8.9 inches tall) that saves space on your desktop with a fold-down paper output tray and a top-mounted control panel that sits flush on top of the unit. Depending on how you have the printer positioned on your desk, you might not be able to see the indicator LEDs light up unless you physically get out of your seat to look down on it.
Regardless, 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 to operate, even for the most amateur technophobe.