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Dell 1130 review: Dell 1130

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The Good Clean and crisp text prints; graphics output is refreshingly free of banding; relatively cheap to run.

The Bad No display; no Wi-Fi.

The Bottom Line The Dell 1130 monochrome laser printer is extremely neat and compact, and produces excellent results with both text and graphics. It's also reasonably cheap to run. We like it.

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If you're short on space and you don't need extra features like copying and scanning, the Dell 1130 could be a good option. It's one of a batch of smaller monochrome laser printers hitting the market, and it promises rapid printing, even though it only costs a modest £70 or so.


Design-wise, there isn't much to the 1130. It has a small footprint of just 360 by 390mm. Its matte black paint job doesn't exactly draw attention to itself, but it should stand up to a fair amount of abuse over the years without showing up loads of bumps and scratches.

As with many budget laser printers, the 1130 doesn't have a screen. Instead it only has two LED lights -- a green one to indicate when it's ready to print and a red one to tell you that it's in a spot of bother.

Similarly, there are just two buttons on the control panel -- a blue power button and a red cancel button. As most of us only really interact with our printers via the software control panel on our computers, this isn't much of an issue.


Setting up this model is a piece of cake. There's no Wi-Fi or Ethernet support, so the only way to connect it your computer is via USB. Before you install the printer's software, you need to give its toner and drum cartridge a shake to make sure the toner is evenly distributed. Then it's simply a matter of placing the cartridge in the slot in the belly of the beast. Once that's done, you can load the printer drivers and connect the USB cable.

As with most of today's monochrome laser models, this one has a pull-out paper feeder at the bottom that can hold up to 250 sheets. Above this, there's a single-sheet slot that can be used for non-standard paper sizes, such as envelopes and flyers.

Dell 1130 cartridge
The combined drum and toner cartridge slots into the belly of the printer.

Printed material gets fed into a tray at the top that is angled into the body of the chassis. There's also a flip-up paper stopper, so that sheets don't accidentally slide off the top and onto the floor.  

Running costs

There are only really three things you need this type of printer to get right -- speed, print quality and running costs. Thankfully, the 1130 manages to tick all of these boxes.

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