Demand for networked color laser printers continues to grow. They offer high-resolution, crisp text, and vivid colors, and are playing a greater role in businesses. But they face challenges: high-performance and lower cost inkjet printers and a weak economy that caused companies to look for ways to cut print costs or allocate those costs to departments. And there's still a big market for black and white printers. Most printers now meet Energy Star standards, which means energy efficiency isn't a
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With the Dell 5130cdn, the vendor is targeting large workgroups in departments or enterprises that need a color laser printer workhorse for their print needs. The Dell 5130cdn prints-out letter-sized pages at up to 47 ppm in both mono and color, and delivers a first print-out in up to 8.5 seconds for black-and-white documents. The vendor's ColorbyDell technology uses its print engine, image-enhancement algorithm, and toner technology to generate high-quality output, according to Dell. Administrators remotely can define individual users' color-printing rights and set volume limitations to reduce costs, while users control the printer itself via a an LCD panel and five-way cursor keypads.
Price: Approximately $1,288.99
Paper capacity: 150 sheets
Paper trays: One; optional 1x 1100+2 x 550-sheet paper tray
Duplex printing: Yes
Monthly duty cycle: 110,000 pages
B&W print speed: 47 ppm
Color print speed: 47 ppm
Max. print resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Time to first page: 8.5 seconds
Environmental features: Energy Star
Designed for: Enterprise departments
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