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Suitable for Mac and Windows operating systems, the Dell 1355cnw is a capable, reliable color laser printer that can output up to 30,000 pages a month and also acts as a copier and a high-resolution scanner. Its 150-sheet input tray makes it most suitable for small-to-medium businesses with moderate printing needs, but Dell offers extras to sweeten the deal, like built-in Wi-Fi along with USB and Ethernet connectivity, and a 15-sheet autodocument feeder for the scanner. The 13550's print speeds and minimal software could be improved, but small quibbles don't undermine a solid recommendation. Dell built the 1355cnw on the same lines as the smaller Dell 1350cnw I reviewed earlier this year. With the same laser print engine inside, the big upgrades on the 1355cnw are a larger four-line monochrome LCD display and more buttons on the panel that control the device's scanning and copying features. Dell keeps the 1355cnw relatively fit and easy to move around an office, opting for a square footprint instead of a rectangular one. The printer measures 16.1 inches wide, 15 inches deep, and 13.3 inches tall, and weighs just over 34 pounds. Thankfully, you get two notched grips on either side of the machine that give you more leverage during moves.
Dell's 1355cnw is essentially the bigger brother of the company's 1250c colour laser printer, but adds a number of extra features into the mix. Alongside scanning, coping and faxing functions, it offers Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity and comes with an automatic document feeder. It's available for around £270 online. Decked out in matte black with a very boxy design, this model isn't much to look at even by the usual ugly standards of multi-function printers. Nevertheless, its footprint is reasonably compact at 410 by 379mm, although it is quite tall, standing 338mm high, in part because of the document feeder that's perched on top of the scanner. The 1355cnw has quite a large monochrome screen, as well as dedicated buttons for the fax, scan and copy features. There's also a numerical keypad for entering fax numbers, and four quick-dial buttons, which are handy for storing commonly dialled fax numbers.When it comes to connectivity, the 1355cnw isn't found wanting. You can either hook it up directly to your computer via USB or instead connect it into your network using Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Either way, set-up is very easy, as the PC installation software includes video guides to help you along.
The Dell 1355cnw color multifunction printer will appeal to small offices, as it combines print, copy, scan, and fax capabilities in an inexpensive ($420 as of March 1, 2011) package. It has wireless networking for good measure. Using an LED array to create images rather than the more widely known laser technology, it produces good output, too. As is the case with many low-cost MFPs, unfortunately, replacement toner is expensive, and features are somewhat limited. It's a better choice in this price range than the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw color MFP, which produces inferior color images at a slower pace. Setting up the 1355cnw was easy via USB and ethernet. Wireless setup requires attaching the unit via USB, which is not unusual, but its handling of IP addresses made us pause. The 1355cnw supports both the current IP address standard (IPv4) and the upcoming IPv6. However, instead of creating one Windows printer device with both and IPv6 and IPv4 addresses, the install created two printer devices: one with an IPv6 address, and another with an IPv4 address.
There aren't many color multifunction printers (MFPs) that are both laser-class and small enough to fit on a desk to use as a personal printer. Of those that are, even fewer offer the kind of speed and paper handling that would also let them serve as a shared printer for a micro office. The LED-based Dell 1355cnw Multifunction Color Printer ($419.99 direct) is one of those few. Small, fast, and highly capable, it's also an easy pick for Editors' Choice. The 1355cnw is a close cousin to the Editors' Choice single function Dell 1350cnw Color LED Printer ($299, 4 stars) that I recently reviewed. In fact, it's essentially the same printer with a scanner, fax modem, and a slew of MFP features added. In addition to being able to print, scan, and fax, including over a network, it can work as a standalone copier and fax machine as well as scan to or print from a USB memory key. For scanning, it offers both a flatbed and a 15-page automatic document feeder for handling multipage documents. One potential issue is its relatively limited paper handling, with a 150 sheet input tray and no duplexer. As long as you don't print more than about 30 pages per day on average, however, that's enough so adding paper won't feel like a constant chore.
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