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Summary

Our Score

9/10

Review Price £162.00

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Described by Dell as having 'great performance for small business networks', the 2330dn is a mid-range mono laser printer with a duplexer built-in. It's fully networkable, though only through cabled Ethernet.

The printer has a surprisingly large footprint, as its width extends to either side of the A4 paper path by around 100mm. It's very angular case mirrors that of Dell's colour 2130cn, reviewed recently, being almost an exact squashed cube, apart from a small ledge around its top edge and a raised, triangular binnacle for its 2-line by 16-character LCD display.

A 250-sheet paper tray slides out from the bottom of the front panel and there's a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray on the inside of the front cover just above this. An optional second main tray, with a capacity of 550 sheets is available as an option, but if the main machine had had a 500-sheet tray to start with, there wouldn't have been much need for this - but then nobody would buy the option.

There's no USB socket on the front panel for connecting memory drives, which is a shame, as this is a useful walk-up feature. What you do get is the backlit LCD display and a simple block of six buttons for navigating menus and controlling print jobs. It's all very functional and easy to use. At the back are sockets for USB, Ethernet and parallel, for legacy systems.

Physical setup is pretty straightforward, as the combined drum and toner cartridge comes pre-installed. This is particularly easy to fit, anyway, with the toner cartridge clipping into the back of the drum carrier. You should be able to change the toner at least five times before the 30,000-page drum needs replacing.

Software installation is also simple and there's an unusually wide range of operating systems support available. As well as running with all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 and with both OS 9.0 and OS X for Mac users, there are drivers available for Red Hat 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 and SuSE 10.x Linux. Solaris is also supported, as is the Citrix Metaframe.

The printer handles the PCL 6 page description language, but also provides Postscript Level 3, in emulation. It's unusual to find a Postscript laser printer at this kind of price.

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