Colour laser multifunction printers aren’t new, but the Dell 2155cdn appears to offer a lot of useful features at a very reasonable price. It’s aimed at the small business and workgroup markets and presumably those where there’s a lot of room.
This is a big printer, taller than it is deep - and it's over half a metre deep. The size makes it awkward to pick up and it's very much a two-person lift. Square cut, it has a definite monumental look to it, from the high-slung, 1,200ppi scanner with 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), to the shallow-sloping control panel and the cuboid, Lexmark-built print engine underneath.
Controls are well spaced across the full width control panel, with single-click fax dial and mode buttons to the left of the backlit, bitmapped, mono LCD. On the right are navigation controls, a numeric pad and Start and Stop buttons. There's a front panel USB socket set into the left-hand strut, supporting the flatbed scanner and this can be used for printing from and scanning to a USB drive.
At the bottom of the front panel is a single, 250-sheet tray and, set just above it, a single-sheet feed for special media or envelopes. On a machine this size, 250 sheets is small for a main paper tray and may require frequent refilling. You can buy a second 250-sheet tray as an option, though.
At the back are sockets for USB and gigabit Ethernet, but there's no wireless link unless you again spend more on the optional dongle. Twin sockets for phone line and external handset cater for the fax functions.
The Dell 2155cdn comes with all its consumables in place and renewing the toner cartridges, when needed, is very simple. A small door on the right-hand side of the machine swings open to reveal four cartridges that also swing out for replacement and latch back very easily. However, it does mean you need to leave space on the right-hand side of the machine when positioning it, to give access to the door.
Dell supplies a copy of Nuance PaperPort 12, which provides document management and OCR facilities, as well as a number of its own utilities for things like ordering supplies.