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Dell 3330dn review: Dell 3330dn

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The Good Good-quality text output; cheap running costs; easy to set up.

The Bad Expensive; graphics performance could be better; paper tray is small for such a fast machine.

The Bottom Line There's no doubting the Dell 3330dn's speed or the quality of its text output. It's expensive for what you get, though, and the paper tray really should be larger on a machine that's designed to take care of intensive printing duties.

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Dell's 3330dn is a monochrome laser printer that's designed for those who aren't very patient when it comes to printing. It boasts among the fastest print speeds we've come across. But at around £350, it's expensive, and has a few annoying flaws.


One thing is certain -- the 3330dn isn't much to look at. Dell couldn't have come up with a more boring design if it tried. The 3330dn is essentially just a large cube with a matte black finish and a nondescript control panel on the top. The control panel includes a small, four-line monochrome display, as well as a four-way direction pad and numerical keypad.

The rear of the printer is home to USB and Ethernet ports, as well as an old-school parallel port, so it can be used with ageing print servers. The bottom of the chassis houses a pull-out feeder tray that takes up to 250 sheets of paper. That's not that much for this type of printer, but there's a 550-sheet optional add-on tray available for just over £100. As this printer is already on the pricey side, adding an extra £100 into the equation makes it seem expensive compared to its peers.

There's also a flip-down tray that's mainly designed to allow you to feed odd paper sizes and other materials, including envelopes, into the printer.

3330dn control panel
The control panel includes a small, four-line monochrome display.


The 3330dn comes with the drum pre-installed. But before you can use the printer, you have to take the drum out, remove some plastic tapes and re-insert it again. Then it's simply a matter of loading the driver onto your computer from the supplied CD.

You can choose to either hook the printer up directly to your computer or connect it to your network via the Ethernet port. If you choose the latter option, you can manage the printer remotely via a Web interface, which is handy.

As with a number of business-focused printers we've seen, this one allows you to set up a PIN code for a document before you actually send it to the printer. When you hit 'Print', the printer will store the code in its memory until the correct pin is entered via the numerical keypad.

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