Dell is rolling out a number of new printers that target small businesses, as well those users working out of home offices.
Dell is rolling out several new printers, including two multifunction
machines, that target small businesses and home office workers. These new
printers also allow Dell to expand its small business portfolio beyond the
company's line of Vostro PCs and mobile devices like the Streak.
The new Dell printers, which the company officially announced Sept. 29, are
also part of Dell's plan to expand its printing and copying portfolio to better
compete against more established players in the market, such as Hewlett-Packard
Xerox, Samsung and Brother.
In March, Dell
expanded its printer lineup by eight, adding new machines for large enterprises
Dell is also planning to target specific vertical markets such as education and
As the company did with previous models, each of the Dell
printers comes with different letters
to designate different functions. A
Dell printer designated with an "n" means the machine offers a
built-in network card. A "d" means the printer can handle
double-sided printing, and a "c" stands for color.
The two high-end offerings include the Dell 2150cn/cdn, a networked laser
printer that can print color on both sides of a page. This machine prints at 24
pages per minutes (ppm) in both color and black and white. The 2155cn/cdn
multifunction printer offers the same features, but the machine also allows for
faxing and scanning, as well as printing and copying.
Both of these Dell printers are available starting Sept. 29. The 2150 starts
at $349, while the 2155 starts at $549.
Dell also rolled out the 1350cnw and the 1355 cn/cnw printers, which are a
little different, since both offer LED (light emitting diode) printing
technology compared with standard laser printing. In LED printing, the print
head consists of a number of solid-state LEDs that are built across the drum.
The print head flashes light across the whole width of the drum, which creates
each line of ink dots at the same time.
The benefits of LED printing, according to Dell, are small printers that
produce less noise and print pages faster.
Both the Dell 1350cnw and 1355cn/cnw printers offer a WiFi option and speeds
of 15 ppm for black and white and 12 ppm for color. The 1350 is available now
for a starting price of $329, while the 1355, which offers scanning and faxing
capabilities, is available on Nov. 16 for a starting price of $399.
Finally, Dell is offering the small 1250c, which offers speeds of 12 ppm for
black and white and 10 ppm for color. This printer is available now for a
starting price of $229.