The mono laser printer continues to be a stalwart of many offices and the multi-function version, which usually includes a scanner with Auto Document Feed (ADF), can be even more useful. Dell's 2335dn is a mid-range device, which the company claims is capable of 32ppm, making it ideal for small to medium workgroups.
There are a lot of different styles you can pick when designing a multifunction printer, but Dell seems to have gone for the 'Le Corbusier tank' look. Everything is monolithically square cut, with clean diagonals and rectangular apertures. The ADF manages to look pretty much like a turret and with a couple of caterpillar tracks underneath the 2335dn would be a scary piece of office munitions. It's has a big footprint for a mono laser machine.
The ADF on top can take up to 50 sheets and the end of its feed tray is hinged so you can tilt it up to remove scanned pages. The printer's paper tray has a capacity of 250 sheets and there's a 50 sheet multi-purpose tray, which folds down from the front of the machine. It's a bit too easy to fold down the whole of the front of the printer, revealing its drum and toner cartridge, rather than just its multi-purpose tray and it would be useful to have an interlock on this.
The 2335dn's control panel is suitably clean cut, with a five-button cross of controls behind three for menu exit and job Cancel and Start. The green Start button would benefit from being larger and more obvious. There's also a numeric pad for dialling fax numbers and buttons for calling up the fax directory and, strangely, for inserting a pause into a fax number. There is a USB port on the front panel, too, so you can walk up and print standard graphics file types - bmp, jpg, pdf and tif - from a USB drive.
Installation is pretty straightforward and, unusually, you connect both power and USB cables between PC and printer before running the setup routine. Dell supplies both PCL and Postscript drivers for the machine, though these are both in emulation. There's also a copy of Nuance PaperPort, to handle scanning and OCR.
The printer is fully networked out-of-the-box and includes Dell's web-based net configuration utility, so it's easy to set up the machine to be shared across an Ethernet link.