Dell Smart Printer S2830dn Review

Several single-function entry-level monochrome laser printers have debuted recently, including the Canon imageClass LBP151dw $199.95 on Amazon and Brother HL-L5200DW $176.35 on Amazon, both editors ‘ Choice winners. The Dell Smart Printer S2830dn ($279.99) is similar to the Canon LBP151dw in that it quickly generates black-and-white pages that look good, but it does so at a much lower cost per page. Although the operating costs are slightly higher than that of Brother HL-L5200DW, S2830dn $199.99 at Dell delivers better quality graphics. In fact, it brings enough to the table to make it a mono laser printer our new editors choice for micro or home Office.

Measuring 10.3 times 15.7 by 15 inches (HWD) and weighing more than 31 pounds, S2830DN is relatively compact, well constructed, and sturdy. It’s also quiet, making it a well-behaved neighbor if you decide to put it next to you on your desktop. Given its small size and weight, as well as its many connectivity options, you can place it anywhere.

Basic connectivity options consist of Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB. Because the printer does not connect directly to the Internet, the last option does not allow you to print from the cloud or utilize some other mobile options that require an Internet connection. You can also connect and print via Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer protocol that doesn’t require a printer or mobile device to connect to a network or router.

Dell Smart Printer S2830DN

Security features include secure print to assign a PIN to your print job, so only you or anyone else who knows the PIN can release the job in the printer. This and some other functions, as well as some configuration options, are handled from the Control Panel. It consists of 2.4-inch LCD monochrome Empat-baris, 10-Key number pad, multiple navigation buttons, and LED status.

Paper handling consists of a 250-sheet input cassette, and just above it, a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, with a total of 350 sheets — a bit small for the laser printer, but not too bad for the entry-level model. The top of the second printer as a 150-page output bed, which, despite being a little small, works well to keep your page flat.

In addition, if you need PCL6 or PostScript 3 emulation from HP for compatibility with desktop publishing and graphic design applications, it is also here.

Print speed
One of the more impressive features of S2830DN is its speed. Dell ranks 35 pages per minute (ppm) one-sided (simplex) and two-sided 24ppm (duplex, default setting). To check performance, I used the standard PC Labs test bed printer, an Intel Core i5 desktop PC running Windows 10 Professional, and connected to a printer via Ethernet.

When printing our text-specific test document, S2830DN actually fared slightly better than its rank (37.5 ppm) in simplex mode, and slightly worse (21.6 ppm) in duplex. However, when the document becomes more complex, with additional text formats and colors (converted to grayscale during printing), graphs, and images, S2830dn slows down significantly, to about 14.9 ppm. Nevertheless, the level of almost 15ppm is good for this test.

Print Quality
Across the board, S2830DN displays excellent text, to a very small font size (far below 6 points, or at least what can be seen without zooming). In addition to our test documents, I also print out this PostScript and PCL printer font list consisting of almost 180 fonts. Everything looks close to the typing quality, suitable for most business applications, including giving to potential customers — if you don’t mind giving them black-and-white results.

You’ll expect most monochrome lasers to print out the text well, but this type of printer doesn’t necessarily provide good looking black-and-white graphics and images. However, given its cheap price, S2830DN grayscale business graphics and photos come out somewhat better than the average for mono lasers: detail well, with gradients and subtle transitions. Although the S2830DN output is not at all an elegant gray scale you will get from a high-quality inkjet printer, depending on what you print — say, maybe your PowerPoint slides or handouts — “better than average” means you should be satisfied with the results.

Printing costs
Dell offers three toner cartridges for S2830DN: one that prints up to 3,000 pages, one that prints 6,000, and one that prints 8,500. They provide cost per page each of 3 cents, 2.2 cents, and 2 cents. The third number is okay, but rather high if you plan to print thousands of pages each month. For example, with Brother HL-L5200DW, which has a list price lower than S2830DN, the cost per page is 1.8 cents, based on the manufacturer’s price for consumables (toner and drum).

The Dell Smart Printer S2830DN is a machine built with respectable print speeds and good black-and-white output. The feature Set is powerful, especially for printers with lower prices. Its operating costs are significantly lower than that of Canon LBP151dw, and have better quality graphics than Brother HL-L5200DW. If you need a mono laser to be used in a Home Office or micro Office, S2830 is our new top pick.

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