Dell rates the 1133 at 22ppm, though under test we saw just over half this from our 5-page text document. If printing from sleep mode, there’s also a 14 second warm-up before printing starts.
Moving to the 20-page document, the speed increased to 15.6ppm, still some way short of the headline figure and the 5-page text and graphics document returned a speed of 13.6ppm. A single page copy took 26 seconds, which again isn’t that speedy and a 15 x 10cm photo print on an A4 sheet took 15 seconds.
The print quality is pretty good throughout. Black text is sharp and clean and even characters in small point sizes are well-formed. Greyscale graphics are a bit variable, with some noticeable banding and blotchiness in the darker shades. There’s enough variation between greys, though, to distinguish easily between different colours in an original.
Photographic images show the same banding in areas of smooth grey, such as skies, and darker areas tend towards black. In between, detail levels are not bad when using the printers enhanced 1,200dpi print mode.
Dell doesn’t quote a noise level for the 1133, but we measured it at peaks of 61dBA, which looks noisier than it sounds, subjectively.
Dell sells two versions of the drum and toner cartridge, at £56 and £74 so, as usual, the higher capacity, 2,500-page variant produces the cheapest page cost. We calculate a page at 3.78p, including 0.7p for paper.
This works out at 0.6p per page more expensive than from the Samsung SCX-4600. Comparison with this machine is relevant, as the SCX-4600 is very similar to the 1133, but costs less to buy and is noticeably cheaper to run.
Many printer makers rebadge machines from other suppliers and there’s nothing wrong with this, if they’re good machines like Dell’s 1133. The problem arises when the original manufacturer’s machine offers a better deal than the rebadge. Samsung’s SCX-4600 is largely the same machine, but also has a single-button screen print function as a useful built-in extra. It’s also around £60 (35 per cent) cheaper and costs less to run. If you’ll have an easier time with your finance department specifying Dell, go for the 1133. If not, you can save real money by opting for the Samsung.