hardware/dell laser 1700.jpgIf you find inkjet printers too costly to operate and you don’t need to print in color, this Dell Personal Laser 1700 may be for you! It’s fast, inexpensive, and it produces good quality printed pages.

It’s easy to install the print drivers for the 1700. Even if you’ve never set up a printer before, the straightforward instructions and will have you up and running in no time at all. The function lights and buttons on top of the printer are clearly marked making the printer easy to use. Paper feeds from a 250-sheet capacity drawer that opens from the front of the printer. Paper exits through the front of the printer. There is also a single sheet rear exit that can be used to prevent curling and jamming when using heavy paper and/or labels. Envelopes can be fed in one at a time through a slot on the front of the printer.

The 1700 features a 200 MHz processor and 16MB of memory. It prints text and graphics at 1200 x 1200 dpi giving the printed output good clarity. With speeds up to 25 pages per minute it is a fast performer for an inexpensive laser printer. The printer comes with a USB cable and can also be hooked up to a parallel port. The included toner cartridge is good for about 3,000 pages. There is also a high-capacity toner cartridge available for $89, which will print about 6,000 pages. This makes the cost of consumables slightly lower than other laser printers and much better than inkjet printers. The printer is rated for a duty cycle of up to 15,000 pages per month making it suitable for small business as well as home use.

This Dell Personal Laser printer prints on plain paper (legal, letter, A4), envelopes, card stock, and transparencies. Like many inkjet printers, this laser notifies you when you are low on toner. When the low tone alert comes on, you get a convenient link to the Dell Web site to order more toner. Toner cartridges can be returned to Dell for recycling.

This is a PostScript Level 3 printer with 89 scalable PCL fonts and 91 scalable Post Script fonts included. It works with all versions of Windows and many versions of Linux.

Looking at this printer, you might call it the “grey box”. At 13.9” x 15.5” and sitting 9.8” high, it is larger than most inkjets. Although it makes no noise in stand-by mode, when it prints it is slightly louder than most inkjet printers. Yet with excellent speed, good performance, low pricing, reasonable consumable costs, a 2-year Advanced Exchange service, and 24x7 toll-free tech support, this printer is sure to appeal to a wide range of users. Both home and small office users who don’t require color printing will appreciate its efficiency and performance.