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Dell 2150CDN review: Dell 2150CDN

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The Good Impressive print quality; Modest running costs; Easy to set up.

The Bad Print speeds could be faster; Noisy when printing.

The Bottom Line The Dell 2150CDN produces impressive text and graphics output and it's fairly economical to run. It's not the fastest model on the block, but it still represents value for money.

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Priced at £370, Dell's 2150CDN is very affordable for a colour inkjet model.

It offers duplex printing and also includes Ethernet support, so you can hook it into your home network to share it with a number of PCs.

Monolith design

The 2150CDN uses traditional laser technology, rather than the LED technology employed on some of the other colour laser models we've seen recently. One of the side-effects of this is that it's a substantial beast, measuring 413mm high with a footprint of 400x406mm. You're going to need quite a large desk to accommodate it.

As this model is very noisy when it's operating, you definitely won't want it sitting right next to you when it's in full flow.

The design is nothing to write home about. Like a lot of business models it doesn't care much for style. It's essentially a tall box that's finished completely in matte black plastic. The front right-hand side does have a small two-line, 16-character monochrome LCD screen, along with a direction pad, menu button and job cancel button.

Dell 2150CDN menu
This model has quite basic controls and a small, two-line display.

Apart from the power switch on the left-hand side, that's it as far as controls are concerned. Around the back you'll find both a USB port for connecting it directly to a computer, or an Ethernet port for sharing it with a number of devices on your home office network.

When it comes to paper handling, this model has a 250-sheet feeder at the bottom of its chassis, along with a general purpose, single-sheet feeder for printing envelopes and the like. A multi-sheet tray would have been a better option here but we guess you can't have everything at this price.

All printed materials are fed out of the top into an output tray that's slightly recessed into the chassis. This has a flip-out paper holder to stop sheets falling off the back of the machine. The printer also has a duplexer built in so it can automatically print on both sides of a sheet of paper, without requiring you to manually turn the paper over and reload it into the tray.

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