Dell B1260dn Review

Dell B1260dn (starting at $150, Amazon) reviews are good for this monochrome laser printer. It's priced near the mid range for entry-level models and while light on features, it comes with several that impress reviewers. At Computer Shopper, for example, the review commends the compact size, the auto duplexing, and the "eco" mode, and adds that business graphics and documents print out quickly and look very sharp. The expert at PC Mag also praises the graphics and text quality but says photo prints sit lower on the quality scale. This Dell B1260dn review clocked print speed at a decent 8.3ppm in its business applications test. One user who posted comments at Dell's site reports that printing is clean and quick and another says the machine is fine for home office use. Several reviewers caution, however, that replacement cartridges are pricey.

The Dell B1260dn is fairly small, measuring 13.7 x 13.3 x 7.8 inches and weighing just shy of 16 pounds (with toner cartridge; slightly over 14 pounds without). It comes with a larger than average 250-sheet input tray and 150-sheet output tray, auto duplexing, support for mobile device printing, and an eco mode that saves on electricity and toner. The maximum print speed for black text is 29ppm and maximum resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi. A single user can connect to the B1260dn through its USB 2.0 port and the Ethernet interface supports networking. The printer sports 64MB of memory and is compatible with Windows (including Windows 8), Linux, and Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. It can handle several paper and media types, including cardstock, transparencies, cotton, archive, labels, envelopes, and thick paper.

Where to buy

The Dell B1260dn is a good deal for users who value the relatively large paper capacity and support for mobile printing. It's a bit on the slow side compared to some other laser printers we researched, but text and graphics print quality is excellent and the price screams for buyers' attention.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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