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Printer Primer, Dell Color Smart S2825cdn
February 2, 2016
Users in need of a new color multifunction laser device may wish to consider of the newest units from Dell, the Color Smart S2825cdn. It offers 4-in-1 (print, scan, copy, fax) functionality designed to keep small and home offices running at maximum efficiency by combining these features in one compact footprint. The unit measures 16.9" x 19.8" x 19.7" (W x D x H) and weighs a substantial 69.9 lbs. The large, 4.3" touchscreen interface located across the front left of the control panel among a numeric keypad and other buttons. First page out times on the device are rated at under 13 seconds and print speeds are up to 30 ISO ppm.
As a more business-centric machine, the Color Smart S2825cdn offers a pretty solid range of ways to connect to and print from the device. If there would be one downside, albeit a minor one, it would be the lack of options for built-in wireless printing. To be shared among a workgroup or across an entire office, the device needs to be wired into the network. Once on the network, though, users can take advantage of built-in support for Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, or use the Dell Document Hub app (compatible with iOS and Android devices). The Dell Document Hub app automates several procedures and improve work efficiency. Among these are the creation of searchable PDFs, remote printer status monitoring, and perhaps most importantly quick access to cloud-based storage solutions so files can be co-edited and shared.
Paper handling on the machine is pretty decent for a unit it is price range. Standard input capacity is rated for up 250 sheets in its main paper tray. For those that need larger paper capacity, an additional 550-sheet tray can be added for an additional $400 (roughly), however that makes it one of the more expensive trays we have seen. With the addition of the tray, up to 800 sheets of plain paper can be loaded at once. On the top of the machine, users will find a 50-sheet two-sided automatic document feeder provides hassle-free unattended scanning, faxing, and scanning. Included pre-installed in the machine is 1GB of internal memory and Nuance PaperPort Pro software to help users and offices create and manage PDFs. The recommended monthly page volume is anywhere from 700-3,500 pages with a maximum monthly duty cycle of up to 50,000 pages.
The Color Smart S2825cdn uses four individual toner cartridges, each of which is available in either a standard, high capacity, or extra high capacity variety. The unit ships with four standard cartridges, which is a nice complement to the purchase of the device given that some OEMs only include starter toners to begin. Standard capacity cartridges are rated for up to 1200 pages for each black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. Capacities grow to 3,000 black pages and 2,500 for each color in high capacity versions and 5,000 black pages and 4,000 color pages for the extra high capacity ones.
The Color Smart S2825cdn is currently available on special from the company for $279.99 ($200 of the standard price) as well as Amazon via the link on the top left. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Dell website.