Dell 3130cdn A4 Colour Laser Printer


4.8 / 5 (2  reviews)

"Superb Printer

After 2 years with this printer I can honestly say it has been a pleasure to use. I mainly use this for printing A4 fold..."

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Key Features
Back Key Features
  • Up to 25ppm Colour Print
  • Up to 30ppm Mono Print
  • 11 Seconds First page
  • USB, Network & Parallel
  • Automatic Double Sided Printing
  • 600 x 600 dpi Print
  • 150 Sheet Multi-Purpose Input Tray
  • 250 Sheet Input Tray
  • 400MHz Processor
  • 256MB (1280MB Max) RAM
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
  • PostScript, PCL5
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What's in the Box?

What's in the Box?

  • Dell 3130cdn Laser Printer
  • Drivers and Utilities CD (Printer Driver
  • Easy Setup Navigator & Dell Toner Management Software)
  • Dell 3130cdn Ship-With Black Cartridge (4000 page yield)
  • Dell 3130cdn Ship-With Colour Cartridges (3000 page yield)
  • Placemat
  • Owner Manual
Detailed Specification

Detailed Specification


Speed Colour Up to 25ppm Colour Print
Speed Monochrome Up to 30ppm Mono Print
First Page 11 Seconds First page
Product Group Output A4
Double Sided Printing Automatic Double Sided Printing
Printer Standard Resolution 600 x 600 dpi Print
Warm Up Time 20 Seconds


Interface Type(s) USB, Network & Parallel
Parallel Ports 1 x IEEE 1284 Parallel Parallel Port
Network Ready Yes
Parallel Port Yes
Preview Monitor Type 2-Line, 16 Character Front Panel Display
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45
USB Port Yes
USB Ports 1 x USB 2.0

System Specification

Processor 400MHz Processor
Memory (Maximum) 256MB (1280MB Max) RAM


Operating Systems Supported Windows & Mac Compatible

Media Handling

Paper Handling Input 1 150 Sheet Multi-Purpose Input Tray
Paper Handling Input 2 250 Sheet Input Tray
Maximum Input Capacity 950 Sheet
Paper Handling Standard Output 250 Sheet Standard Bin
Paper Trays (Standard/Maximum) 1(1)
Sheet Weight 60 to 216g/Sq m
Special Media Plain paper (Light, Normal,Thick); Cover (Normal, Thick); Coated paper(Normal, Thick); Label stock(Normal,Thick); Envelope ; Japanese Post Card; Recycle Paper

Barcodes & Labels

Barcode 5391519542903

Duty Cycle

Monthly Duty Cycle 70k Pages Per Month


Mono or Colour Printer Colour
Technology Laser Printer
Case Colour Black
Dimensions 40cm (W) x 50.4cm (D) x 47cm (H) - Weight 24.3kg
Environmental Operating Temperature 5 to 32C - Humidity 15 to 80%
Noise Level 56dbA
Power Consumption Printing/Standby/Sleep Modes 460W / 95W / 9W
Product Summary Dell 3130cn A4 Colour Laser Printer
Product Type A4 Laser Printer
Voltage/ Power/ Frequency 220 to 240VAC / 50 to 60Hz


Printer Languages PostScript, PCL5

In the Box

In The Box Dell 3130cdn Laser Printer, Drivers and Utilities CD (Printer Driver, Easy Setup Navigator & Dell Toner Management Software), Dell 3130cdn Ship-With Black Cartridge (4000 page yield), Dell 3130cdn Ship-With Colour Cartridges (3000 page yield), Placemat, Owner Manual


Warranty 1 year warranty

More Features

Management Dell OpenManage Printer Manager, Dell Printer Configuration Web Tool, Dell Colour Track 2.1 and Dell Toner Management System
Questions & Answers

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Overall Customer Rating

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  • Ade 23 February 2012 4.75 / 5 Value 5 Features 4 Quality 5 Performance 5 Superb Printer

    After 2 years with this printer I can honestly say it has been a pleasure to use. I mainly use this for printing A4 folded colour photo cards of around 100 run a time, the quality has been superb with very very few paper jams after almost 20k printed sheets. The cons to this printer is like most lasers, it's noisy once it gets going, and the sheets will curl due to the heat on the printed sheets, I find if you run them back through the machine by using the print blank sheets option in indesign it will curl them back almost flat. I made a huge mistake by replacing this with a ColorQube 8570 recently, luckily I never got rid of the 3130cn and it will be moving back in to my office soon. Seriously don't look anywhere else, a beast of a machine.

  • Rick Finlay 27 January 2012 5 / 5 Value 5 Features 5 Quality 5 Performance 5 Great value colour laser

    Unbelievable value for a duplex colour laser printer, very fast output, easy to set up (I use a Mac), and reasonably priced consumables too. The duplex function is an added bonus and it runs great off ethernet too. Highly rated in various online reviews, it's been a great buy.

Dell's 3130cn is an HP beater as this colour laser delivers top quality output, much lower running costs and a good range of print management features.

Review Date: 10 Feb 2009

Author: Dave Mitchell
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Dell's latest A4 colour laser has a keen eye on busy workgroups and departments that want both print speed and quality but low running costs as well.

There are plenty of other extras as paper capacity can be increased with 550-sheet lower tray, you can add a 40GB internal hard disk for storing print jobs locally and opt for a wireless network adapter.

Dell scores over the Colour LaserJet CP2025dn as HP indulges in the dubious practise of shipping the printer with 'introductory' 1,200 page cartridges - the 3130cn comes with standard cartridges so initial running costs will also be significantly lower.

Installation doesn't get any easier as the bundled utility provides video tutorials for unpacking and connecting the printer and then hunts it down on the network and loads the drivers. Each user gets a status utility loaded where they can keep an eye on consumables and directly order new cartridges online. The printer's web management interface provides plenty of information on printer status and activity and offers direct access to all settings.

Dell's ColorTrack tool is accessed from the Print Volume option where you create user accounts on the printer, decide which ones are allowed to print in colour and place mono and colour page limits on each one. With this activated users need to add their password in the printer driver properties page otherwise they'll fail authentication when they try to print.

Dell delivers in the speed stakes with the printer dashing through a 30-page Word document in precisely one minute. Colour printing was also on the money as our 24-page DTP style document with masses of colour charts, graphics and photos was dispatched in 57 seconds on the standard quality setting. Speed dropped slightly using the high quality mode but only down to 19ppm. We also printed a 153-page colour manual in duplexed booklet form and this took 275 seconds for an impressive average of 33ppm.

When it comes to output quality the good news continues as the 3130cn delivers excellent results. Text is razor sharp even down to the smallest sizes whilst photos and graphics are faithfully reproduced with good colour balance and high levels of detail in darker areas. We were impressed with the complete lack of banding - something that often afflicts high speed lasers. The PC Pro colour performance chart also showed perfect a transition across complex colour fades whilst grey shades using equal mixes of C, Y and M toner were reproduced correctly.

Dell's latest colour laser looks a superb office all-rounder as it delivers on every promise. The 3130cn clearly has the ability to satisfy small businesses and workgroups that want top output quality, good print speeds and low running costs.

All print speeds, running cost calculations and consumable life cycles are MANUFACTURER ESTIMATES based on 5% per page coverage. Images are used for illustration purposes only

Running Costs

-All consumable life cycles are manufacturer estimates based on 5% coverage per A4 page

*Estimation based on toner/ink cartridges only and excludes long life components such as image drums and fusers.

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