Dell printers can induce a feeling of déjà vu. This is largely due to the fact that Dell doesn't produce its own models, but rather gets other companies to make printers for it based on their existing designs.
It's obvious that Dell's 1135n monochrome, multifunction, networked laser printer is based on Samsung's SCX-4623F; yet, at around £167, it's £50 more expensive than Samsung's similar model.
DesignFor a multifunction printer the 1135n has a relatively small footprint at 416x415mm. It does, however, flare outwards at the top to house the flat-bed scanner and the automatic document feeder that sits above it. Like most printers aimed at home office users, it has a matte black design with glossy highlights.
The top lip of the printer houses the control panel, which includes a basic two-line, 16-character monochrome LCD display, along with dedicated buttons for the fax, copying and scanning functions. There's also a numerical keypad for entering fax numbers. Unfortunately there are no quick dial buttons, but there is a phone book function where you can store up to 200 fax numbers for fairly quick recall.
The menus are very basic, as you would expect on a machine that has such a tiny display, but they're pretty quick to navigate around using the four-way direction pad, partly because they don’t run very deep.
At the bottom of the 1135n there's a slot-in paper tray that holds up to 250 sheets of paper. Above this there's a slot for feeding in single sheets of paper, which will mainly be used for printing envelops and the like. All the printed materials get fed into a tray that's formed from a cut-out in the belly of the printer. It's a neat and tidy set up, as you're not left with big protruding trays that would increase its footprint.
The automatic document feeder sits above the flat-bed scanner and can be used to copy or fax multi-page documents of up to 40 sheets in size. This is something that you'll really appreciate if you often have to fax documents, as you can simply load the sheets and go off and do something else while it faxes multiple pages automatically.