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Printer Primer, Dell S2815dn
December 29, 2015
Recently released along with other new Dell laser printers, the S2815dn is a choice worth considering for those in need of a monochrome laser printer. The S2815dn is a 4-in-1 (print, scan, copy, fax) device that features print speeds of up to 40 ISO ppm black and a relatively compact footprint of 17.28" x 17.24" x 19.37" (W x D x H). While not exactly light at about 42 lbs., it comes with a robust set of features that match. Highlighting the control panel is a large, 4.3" LCD touch screen interface that makes navigating the device’s modes and functions quickly and easily.
With its intended audience of small offices in mind, the S2815dn has a lot of options for connectivity. Users, if need be, can operate the unit as a standalone device with a USB connection to either desktop or laptop computer. More likely though, users will share it over an office network which can be done over Ethernet. No native Wi-Fi connectivity is supported. That said, once on the office network, it can be used with a variety of mobile printing options. These include Apple AirPrint for iOS users, the Dell Document Hub app for both iOS and Android users, and Google Cloud Print which is not limited to a specific brand of printer or mobile device. With this technology, users should certainly be able to maximize efficiency regardless of their location and the proximity to the printer.
Also worth mentioning are the built-in security features available along with the S2815dn. For extra security when printing sensitive materials, Secure Print can be enabled and require a unique PIN to be entered before a print job is released. There are also ways to control access to printing with walk-up user authentication along with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Kerberos authentication. For extra security, a separate Kensington lock can be purchased separately and placed on the back of the printer and the paper tray.
Paper handling is certainly one of the strengths of the Dell S2815dn. Even the most complex print jobs can be handled with ease with the built-in 1GB of memory. In its default setup, users will get a 250-sheet main tray and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, equaling 350 sheets of capacity. For those needing more, an additional 550 sheet tray can be purchased to bring the overall input capacity up to 900 sheets. Located on the top of the device is a two-sided automatic document feeder that can scan both sides of a single sheet of paper at one time and can handle up to 50 sheets of paper at a time. Any documents scanned into the device can be turned into searchable and shareable PDFs with the built-in Nuance PaperPort 14 software. Additionally, the unit can also provide direct Access to Microsoft SharePoint where multiple users will have access to uploaded documents and be able to print off commonly used forms. Maximum monthly duty cycle is rated for up to 80,000 pages each month and recommended volume is between 750-4,000 pages.
As a monochrome laser device, the S2815dn requires just one black toner cartridge for operation. Users can choose between either a standard yield, 3,000 page cartridge, a high yield, 6,000-page capacity toner or an extra high-yield unit cartridge rated for 9,000 pages. For added convenience, one standard cartridge is already pre-installed in the printer.
The Dell S2815dn is currently available from the company for$259.99 ($100 of standard retail) or from Amazon through the link above. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Dell website.