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The Dell 5100cn Printer – Multi-Functional. Reliable. Inexpensive.

By Ben Pate

The Dell 5100cn printer is a good printer to have for the home and the office. If you own your own business or have a home office, this printer has the ability to handle any printing job you need done. It is a powerful printer that you can use for regular printing jobs, high speed printing jobs and even double sided jobs. The Dell 5100 toner will also produce color copies on a single side or a double side.

This printer has the ability to load multiple paper trays to handle large printing jobs. This is extremely helpful since reloading paper will not be necessary very often during a large printing job. It holds standard paper and legal paper. A fold down tray is provided with the printer adding one hundred fifty more sheets to the capacity of the default tray.

Paper size capability includes the standard paper size all the way up to legal size. What the 5100cn also has in a tray that can handle other types of heavier materials like folders and envelopes that need printing. This is a very useful tool in printing.

Other trays can be added to the 5100cn. You can get trays to bulk up your printing needs and add them to the bottom of the printer. They can hold up to five hundred more sheets of paper. In addition to this tray, another tray may be purchased to increase the printing power by holding one thousand sheets. This increases the potential output of your printing capabilities. A built in duplexer also allows you to print double sided.

The Dell Color Laser toner is very economical and cost efficient. This printer, unlike others, does not cost much to run. Black ink will cost around 50 dollars and color will cost only around 160 dollars. You will see an output of around 8000 copies for color printed pages and for black and white printed copies, you can expect around 9000 copies produced by the printer.

Test results for the Dell 5100cn show that it is a very fast printer, one of the fastest around. You can expect a rate of 21 sheets per minute for standard black and white printed pages and for color, you can expect around 6 pages per minute. While other copiers may produce color prints slightly faster, the image quality of the colored pages is excellent.

Installation of the printer is easy and not difficult to do. TwoUSBports come with the printer as well parallel ports. The ability to assign this printer its own IP address is another feature.

The 5100cn printer web based administrative software works well for a small business that utilizes only a few printers. The image quality of the printer is very good and it will go through paper quickly to make large printing jobs quick and easy. The size of the 5100cn makes it very easy to place in tight spaces so it does not utilize too much office space.

It has good printer toner refill and image quality for both black and white copies as well as color. The ability to have its Dell toner 5100cn make two sided copies without complication is an added benefit to its functionality.

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