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Dell Laser Printer 1100 review: Dell Laser Printer 1100

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Speed
The Dell Laser Printer 1100's text and graphics print speeds should be fast enough for home or student users, though they're slower than those of other low-end laser printers with higher price tags. We clocked 12.48 pages per minute (ppm) for text and 10.68ppm for graphics--a bit slower than the pricier Samsung ML-1740, which printed text at 13ppm and graphics at 13.3ppm.

CNET Labs' laser printer speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Black graphics speed  
Black text speed  
Okidata Oki B4250
17.8 
18.77 
Brother HL-2040
16.03 
16.49 
Samsung ML-1740
13.25 
12.98 
Dell Laser Printer 1100
10.68 
12.48 

Quality
Overall, the quality of the text printed by the Dell Laser Printer 1100 in CNET Labs' tests was good and crisp, though not dark enough to be excellent. The text was well formed and easy to read in all font sizes, despite faintness at 6-point size and below. Graphics prints were also good--better than those of the Brother HL-2040 and the Samsung ML-1740--despite anemic-looking gradients lacking dark gray tones.

CNET Labs' laser printer quality
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Black graphics  
Black text  
Okidata Oki B4250
Good 
Good 
Dell Laser Printer 1100
Good 
Good 
Brother HL-2040
Average 
Good 
Samsung ML-1740
Average 
Good 

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The Dell Laser Printer 1100 comes with a 90-day limited warranty and one year of 24/7, toll-free technical support. If your printer proves to be defective within 90 days, Dell will replace it by the next business day. You can extend the limited warranty and the exchange program for one year for $29, for two years for $39, or for three years for $49. Dell's Web site offers a knowledge base, FAQs, chat with fellow customers, and an e-mail link to tech support. A printed owner's manual provides additional setup and operational information as well as a brief troubleshooting section.

Dell deserves kudos for including a prepaid DHL shipping label, which you can use to send your old printer (any model under 100 pounds, from any vendor) to Dell's Recycle Center for free disposal.

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