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Printer Primer, Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printer, H625cdw
December 5, 2015
Back in late October of this year, Dell introduced a new series of cloud connected printers aimed at small office and SMB enviroments. The H-series as its called currently consists of three units, the Color Smart Multifunction H625cdw, H825cdw, and H815dw. We will be examining each of them further in turn over a few postings. In today’s segment we will start with the lower-priced H625cdw. The H625cdw is a 4-in-1 color laser allowing users to print, scan, copy, and fax from a single machine. Keeping with Dell’s impressive track record for print speed, it features speeds of up to 25 ISO ppm for both black and color output. Perhaps more impressive is that its two-sided print speeds are faster than the single-sided print speeds of other units on the market from various vendors. The device has a reasonably compact footprint given its feature set of 16.9" x 19.8" x 19.7" (W x D x H), but weighs a very hefty 69.9 lbs. It offers the convenience of a large 4.3” color touch screen interface that allows for quick and intuitive navigation of machine menus and functions. Customers will also likely appreciate its standard resolution of 300 dpi, with the capability of printing hi-res pages at up to 600 dpi backed by 1GB of internal RAM.
As it is designed for small and medium-sized offices, the H625cdw has plenty of built-in options to improve efficiencies and support mobile workers. It includes all the standard interfaces one would expect on a business machine including USB 2.0, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi for the unit. As an added convenience, the unit supports both near field communication (NFC) connectivity as well as Wi-Fi Direct which does not require a router to act as intermediary between mobile devices and the printer. To help users on the go stay productive there is built-in support for printing from mobile devices via Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria Print Service. The latter two of these are universal across mobile devices and AirPrint is specific to iOS devices. Also compatible with the H625cdw is Dell’s native solution, the Dell Document Hub app which is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices and PCs. Dell Document Hub also provides access for users to files on many cloud storage services including Box®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Google Drive™, Microsoft OneDrive®, and Microsoft SharePoint® Online among others
Paper handling is certainly another strength of this unit. The standard input capacity is 300 pages including a 250-sheet main tray and 50-sheet multipurpose tray. For those that need more capacity, they have the option to add a 550-sheet capacity, bringing total capacity to a robust 850 page capacity. Automatic duplexing is also a standard feature on the device, allowing users to save money on paper by easily using both sides of a single sheet of paper. To aid in productivity, atop the device is a 50-sheet capacity ADF which offers single-pass two-sided scanning, copying, and faxing. The maximum monthly duty cycle on the H625cdw is 38,000 pages and recommended volume between 500-2500 pages.
The toner system on this new Dell device is comprised of four individual toner cartridges, each of which is available in both a standard and high-yield capacity. The black toner is rated for up to 1,200 pages in standard capacity and up to 3,000 pages in high-yield. For each of the three colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow), standard capacity is also rated for 1,200 pages and high capacity is slightly more than double capacity at 2,500 pages.
The H625cdw is currently available from the company on sale for $249.99, a savings of $150 from its normal price of $399.99. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Dell website.