Dell Laser Printer 1720dn

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The Dell Laser 1720dn is an ideal printer for small to mid-sized workgroups who need a fast, networked printer with high quality printing and a low to...

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published 04/04/2008 | techno_man_37
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Excellent
Pro laser printer
Cons bit dark on photos
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Picture quality
Printing speed
Colour sensitivity
Reliability
Ease of use

"laser printer"

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Using a laser printer instead of a normal standard injet printer is great, there a lot faster than normal inkjet printers, there a lot more reliable and can carry on printing for ages without you worrying whether the things going to blow up or over heat or not.
But most importantly of all, they have such better print quality, the ink stands out amongst the page which is what gives you that shiny ink and picture pages and it makes documents and pictures not only look great quality, but very professional too.
This is why companies use them, so that their printed documents look a lot more professional, however all this does come at a price. These are known as office printer for a reason, they tend to be too big and clumpy for a home printer, and also there a lot dearer and it was very hard to buy one cheaper than about £300 till recently.

This also has network connectivity built in, so it is wireless. You would really expect this in an office printer anyway, but its simply enough to set up and even easier to use as it means you don’t ever have to worry about connecting the two things by wires all the time.

To change the ink cartridge in this printer is pretty simple, you only have to press a button on the side of the printer which releases the front panel of the printer.
You can then easily just put in the cartridge and your ready to go. A cartridge does come with this printer however this is only the standard one but still does 3000 pages.
You can however buy the larger cartridge which is double the capacity and can manage a pretty amazing 6000 pages.

Its quite a compact design, basically a black and silver cube with a few slots missing out of it. I wouldn’t say it looks great, but it doesn’t look horrible and at the end of the day it’s a printer, it does what its meant to do, and it does it well, very well in fact so a little compromise on the design isn’t really a lot of compromise at all.

One thing it isn’t amazing on is printing pictures. Sure they do come off good quality, and the pictures are sharp however they just seem to come out a little dark as opposed to a good photo inkjet printer that have better colour contrast and print better photos, saying that though, I presume most people wont be buying this printer to just print photos on anyway, and its better quality in black ink and in coloured text and logos is still a lot better than inkjet printers.

The printer in itself is really fast, dell claims this one can do about 25 pages a minute, however in testing I actually managed to get nearly 30 pages out of this, and even got 31 pages on the third time I tested it, so perhaps 30 pages per minute is more accurate for this printer.

All of this great quality and even greater speeds does however come at a price, and quite a high price for a printer. You should be able to get one of these for a bout £100, or maybe cheaper if you look around for one, most inject of good quality are about £50, and even though this printer in double the price of a good inkjet printer, I think it is also double the print quality and a lot better speeds than most inkjet printers are too. So this is a great printer to buy if you do have to money to spend on a decent printer to have at home, its also fantastic for a office or home office too.

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  • martinwi published 07/04/2008
    Great review. That is one fast printer! Martin.
  • Bens__mummy published 05/04/2008
    Great review there. x
  • pennywa published 05/04/2008
    Great review xxxxxxxxxx
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Product Information : Dell Laser Printer 1720dn

Manufacturer's product description

The Dell Laser 1720dn is an ideal printer for small to mid-sized workgroups who need a fast, networked printer with high quality printing and a low total cost of ownership.

Product Details

Product Description: Dell Laser Printer 1720dn - printer - monochrome - laser, Dell Laser Printer 1720 - printer - monochrome - laser

Printer Type: Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome

Weight: 11.4 kg

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Print Speed: Up to 28 ppm - max speed - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 30 ppm - max speed - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 1200 dpi

Image Enhancement Technology: 2400 IQ

Automatic Duplexing: Yes

Interface: Parallel, USB, LAN

Processor: ARM ARM9 366 MHz

RAM Installed ( Max ): 32 MB ( 160 MB ) - SDRAM - DIMM 100-PIN, 16 MB ( 144 MB ) - SDRAM - DIMM 100-PIN

Language Simulation: PCL 5E, PostScript 3, PCL 6

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards

Total Media Capacity: 250 sheets

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 25000 pages

Networking: Print server - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet

Power: AC 230V, AC 120 V

System Requirements: UNIX, Linux, Novell NetWare 5.1, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6a, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP2, Apple MacOS 9.2, Novell NetWare 6, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Apple MacOS X 10.2, Microsoft Windows XP SP1, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP3, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Novell NetWare 6.5, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Apple MacOS X 10.3, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions)

Microsoft Certification: Works with Windows Vista

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH): 39.6 cm x 34.5 cm x 25.4 cm

Pricing Type: Refurbished

General

MPN: 210-17620, 210-17618, 222-7674, 210-20968, 210-20967, 210-20969, 1720DNR

Printer Type: Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 28 ppm - max speed - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 30 ppm - max speed - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm)

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: Parallel, USB, LAN

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 1200 dpi

Image Enhancement Technology: 2400 IQ

Automatic Duplexing: Yes

Language Simulation: PCL 5E, PostScript 3, PCL 6

Fonts Included: 2 x bitmapped ¦ 89 x scalable ¦ 89 x PostScript

Processor

Processor: ARM ARM9 366 MHz

RAM

RAM Installed ( Max ): 32 MB / 160 MB (max), 16 MB / 144 MB (max)

Technology / Form Factor: SDRAM - DIMM 100-PIN

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots: 1

Media Handling

Media Type: Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, cards

Media Size Class: A4/Legal

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), Executive (184 x 267 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), Folio (216 x 330 mm), JIS B5 (182 x 257 mm), Statement (139.7 x 215.9 mm)

Envelope Sizes: US No 10 (104.7 x 241.3 mm), International DL (110 x 220 mm), International C5 (162 x 229 mm), International B5 (176 x 250 mm), US No 9 (98.6 x 225.6 mm)

Media Weight: 60 g/m2 - 160 g/m2

Total Media Capacity: 250 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x autoload - 250 sheets - Legal (216 x 356 mm) weight: 60 g/m2 - 90 g/m2 ¦ 1 x manual load - 1 sheets weight: 60 g/m2 - 160 g/m2

Max Media Capacity: 800 sheets

Output Trays Capacity: 150 sheets

Duty Cycle

Monthly Duty Cycle (max): 25000 pages

Networking

Networking: Print server

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x parallel - 36 PIN Centronics ¦ 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type B ¦ 1 x LAN - RJ-45

Miscellaneous

Cables Included: 1 x network cable, 1 x USB cable - 3 m

Consumables Included: 1 x toner cartridge ( black ) - up to 3000 pages, 1 x toner cartridge ( black ) - up to 1500 pages

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Works with Windows Vista: Software and devices that carry the Works with Windows Vista logo have been tested for baseline compatibility with PC's running.

Compliant Standards: GOST, EN 61000-3-2, EN55022, GS, NORDIC, SABS, SASO, EN 61000-3-3, EN55024, CISPR 22, ICES-003 Class B, FCC Part 15, CSA C22.2, SII, UL 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, EN 60825

Pricing Type: Refurbished

Power

Power Device: Power supply - internal

Voltage Required: AC 230V, AC 120 V

Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption Operational: 400 Watt

Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: 10 Watt

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

OS Required: UNIX, Linux, Novell NetWare 5.1, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6a, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP2, Apple MacOS 9.2, Novell NetWare 6, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Apple MacOS X 10.2, Microsoft Windows XP SP1, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP3, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Novell NetWare 6.5, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Apple MacOS X 10.3, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit versions)

Additional Requirements: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Environmental Standards

Blue Angel: Yes

ENERGY STAR: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year - on-site - response time: next business day, Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 15 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 32 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 8 - 80%

Sound Emission (Idle): 25 dBA

Sound Emission (Operating): 51 dBA

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 39.6 cm

Depth: 34.5 cm

Height: 25.4 cm

Weight: 11.4 kg

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