Compared to competitors like Hewlett-Packard and Epson, Dell is relatively new to the printer industry. Its latest entrant, the Dell 3110cn colour laser printer, is proof that the company is still figuring out how to make the perfect printer. It could use some work.
Before getting into any problems with the Dell 3110cn colour laser printer, it's worth pointing out the few things that Dell has managed to do exactly right with this printer. First and foremost, it includes support for wired networks which may help it among its target audience of home and small office users. These users are known to have at least a few computers, so being able to print from each one of them without a hassle is definitely a plus. Dell has also enabled this printer to produce super quick monochrome prints. Pages of black and white text were discharged at almost 24 pages per minute, while monochromatic images came fast and furious at about 22 pages per minute.
But for all the good of those two features, there are drawbacks everywhere else you look with the Dell 3110cn. First and foremost, those who choose to buy the Dell 3110cn will be transported back to a place and time where laser printer where huge, bulky, and clunky machines that didn't always fit onto a standard desk. This printer is reasonable heavy, and its footprint isn't all that small either. At 15.8" x 19.1" x 18.5", the Dell 3110cn is a behemoth. It really does harken back to an earlier era in laser printing, which cannot be good for most users who have transitioned to smaller computers and workspaces. The size of this printer almost forces a consumer to assume that it must be powerful and very quick at what it does, but when it's not churning out high-speed monochromatic prints, this Dell laser printer produces only 18 black-and-white pages per minute, and 12 colour pages per minute. Given its size, that's underwhelming.
The Dell 3110cn colour laser printer isn't all bad. Its page per minute rates are at least average, which will suit many people. But its huge size and heavy weight will make it hard for consumers to fit into their home or home office lifestyle. Dell doesn't skimp on price, either, making this model less affordable than smaller and equally-average laser printers on the market.