Summary: We bought this unit in the hopes that it could replace our aging Xerox Phaser 6200DN. We have purchased two of these units and have yet to get either of them working well enough to replace a 10 year old unit. I love the price for the toner and replacement parts, however, none of that matters if you can not get the system working. I have gotten the unit to print, but the image quality is poor. If you can get a new one from Dell, it maybe a good deal.
Summary: Had this unit for three years in a small business/home environment. Average use less than 1000 pages/month. Thankfully, this unit is no longer produced. I would have reated it lower except that when it did work, the color was good. Issues: Toner did not last as advertised (less than 40%). Drum/fuser did not last as advertised(less than 30%). Consumables (tomer) very expensive and only available from Dell. Very heavy - ~80 pounds lodaed with paper.
Summary: This printer prints very well on std size paper. But if you want to print any odd-sized cards or envelopes it won't easily work. It will print 2 at a time and then freeze up every time. Dell Gold support people don't know anything about their printers and are of no help. If you can get one at a good price and only want to print on full sheets of paper...it works fine.
"Constant Calibration routine bug and no photos on glossy stock makes this printer a no buy."
Product Developer, CNET
24 May 2005
Pros: Great speed and print quality if you need less than 40 or so pages per run.
Cons: Runs over 40 or so pages can take so long that it undoes any claims of fast printing as it can take well over an hour or more to print just 175 pages. Can't print photos on Dell's own glossy stock!
Cons: The drivers need a major overhaul. Anyone trying to install this on a printserver, GOOD LUCK! We've got it installed, but does it work properly? No. We can't even print multiple copies of any documents. Dell sent their tech and replaced a bunch of parts a