As a professional graphic designer, I’ve spent years outsourcing print work to varying degrees of success. It was a hit or miss thing … sometimes, I (and my customer) would be so pleased with the outcome of a project once it had printed that I could have done a jig. Other times, there were errors that wound up costing me more money than I earned on the project. A Russian roulette nightmare.
With the continued growth of my business, I decided that I simply had to take the plunge into the world of laser printers. A scary thought. The printer itself costs so much to get, and then the cartridges required make your jaw drop when you look at price alone. But I knew that the quality would be unparalleled and that laser printers – supposedly – cost less to print with in the long run.
So, in my typical obsessive manner, I went on a month-long dive into researching laser printer options, technologies, prices, and reviews. When I found the Dell 2130cn Color Laser Printer, I was sure I’d found what I wanted. But I was still so wary of spending my hard earned money that it took my husband rolling his eyes at me and flat-out demanding that I order the printer to go for it.
It was the best investment I’ve made for my business yet.
Dell 2130cn Color Laser Printer Basics
Be forewarned: this is a large printer. Approximately 17″ tall by 16″ deep and 15″ across, it takes up some serious space. Beyond that, the features packed into this beauty of a color laser printer make it well worth its footpath.
Starting with super-fast speed, printing color pages at 16 pages per minute (seriously, though – you hear the printer do a little whir, and suddenly a color printed sheet is sitting up top) and 20 pages per minute in black and white, the printer is a dream machine. Even with the fast speed, the quality is superior to anything I’ve ever seen, easily comparable to the best four-color press.
In addition, the 2130cn Color Laser Printer offers features like automated color space and image correction technology, optional wireless cards, a browser-based configuration, easy toner saver setting, the ability to continue printing in black with empty color cartridges, and a full year of next day advanced exchange service offered directly from Dell.
Sound pretty cool? Just wait … it only gets better.
2130cn Color Laser Printer and Going Green
Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I’m more than passionate about “green” and “eco”. I’ve faithfully mailed in my old inkjet cartridges for refilling year after year, keep a stock of canvas shopping bags behind the driver’s seat for immediate grabbing any time I’m shopping, and even co-lead a team that’s dedicated to being eco-conscious in their business efforts.
Obviously, going green with my printer had to figure into the equation.
Not only is Dell’s 2130cn Color Laser Printer fully energy star compliant, but its specific technologies actually reduce warm-up times so that the printer uses less energy during the printing process. Inside the printer’s easy-to-use configuration tool, you can also set how long your printer sits before going into energy-saving “hibernation” mode. Both of these add up to some serious energy-cost reductions.
And if you’re one of those who also faithfully return cartridges for recycling, you’ll love the prepaid return postage Dell includes in every purchase of toner cartridges so you can send back your old ones for free.
Advanced Technology sets the 2130cn Color Laser Printer Apart
All of the things I’ve touched on definitely had a huge impact on my decision to favor this Dell printer … but it was actually the advanced technologies inside that sold me.
First, there’s something called “Emulsion Aggregation Toner Technology” – one of the things responsible for reducing warm-up time. It’s not just about energy saving, though. What it really does is make the print quality on this laser printer far superior to comparable color laser printers by fusing small particles of toner color together. By fusing the toner particles, Emulsion Aggregation Technology causes the colors printed to be much sharper than on a standard color laser printer. Tight toner placement means no bleed – something that even the best “other” printer can’t claim.
Just using the sample cartridges that came with the printer (which, after about 500 color prints still show as nearly full), I’ve become addicted to seeing all the identity pieces I’ve used for my business for years turn into something so pro it looks like it came hot off a 4-color press. The color lays so smoothly across any printable surface, without weird missing spots that can happen on both inkjet and laser printers. Highly intricate border patterns, complete with itty-bitty swirls and teeny-tiny leaves, print a crisp black against a colored background, with white above and behind … and there’s superior crisp quality with no bleed anywhere.
As if this cool technology wasn’t enough, there’s also Dell’s Color Track technology to mention. This technology controls your color output, which can actually keep your long-term costs low because it monitors and controls usage of color. This is amazing on a network. I’m able to keep the kid printing only in draft quality from her computer, while my design computer outputs only high-quality, high-resolution full color prints.
Long story short: when Dell says that you can “never outsource your color printing again”, they’re actually practicing truth in advertising. You get superb color quality, exceptionally easy tools, fast prints, and a replacement warranty that can’t be beat in the industry. If you’re in the market for a color laser printer, this baby is both affordable and lovely. You’ll never regret the purchase.