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Marine Goy Published on May 22, 2011
Translated by Jack Sims
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  • Resolution 600x600 dpi
  • Mono/colour speeds 18 ppm / NA
  • Ink droplet size NA
  • Cartridges required 1
  • Number of base colours 1
  • Scanner no
This entry level laser black & white printer is targeted at those looking for an affordable and basic machine. Dell tells us that it's "ideal for small offices and work groups". It has 8 MB of memory but also exists in a networked version, the Dell 1130n, costing just under £100. The 1130 can't be beaten on price right now.


The first thing you'll notice when you take the Dell 1130 out of its box is how compact it is. 36 x 39 x 20 cm and weighing 7 Kg, it's clearly among the zeros (fashion model speak) and will fit into pretty much any space you have available. However, while its size and price will certainly attract a clientele, we can't give it a high hardware rating. You just can't fit a maximum of technology into such a small volume. No colour prints, no copier, no scanner or fax, no double-sided and no network, wi-fi or card reader. It works to rule and that's about all you can say: it prints in black & white and is Mac, Windows and Linux compatible, with PCL6 support. There are two buttons on the front: on/off and the cancel button to stop prints after you've launched them.

Two buttons on the front


Announced at 18 ppm, the Dell 1130 keeps its promise. This is fast for a printer that doesn't vaunt speed as a major selling point. It's comparable to the Samsung ML-1865W and even slightly faster than the 16 ppm that the HP pro model, the LaserJet Pro M1212nf, gives.



The prints you get on this little compact are of excellent quality. The characters on our graph are irreproachably sharp. The shaded areas are accurate and the quality is up to the sort of quality required in a professional environment.

Energy consumption & noise levels

This printer consumes 3 Watts on standby and 400 Watts when printing. These are pretty low scores for a laser but still too high according to our criteria. It's also relatively quiet at 51 dB (A).

Cost per page: economise with XL cartridges

The 1130 comes with a so-called starter cartridge. This is a more than half empty cartridge that will only give around 700 pages instead of the 1500 pages you get from a standard cartridge and 2500 from a high capacity. It's in your best interests to go for the high capacity cartridges. Prints will then cost you 3.2 pence per page is pretty much par for a black & white laser printer.

ISO lifespan for text

High capacity cartridge
Cartridge Price
ISO lifespan
Cost per page
593-10961 £80
3.2 pence

Standard cartridge
Cartridge Price
ISO lifespan
Cost per page
593-10962 £63
4.2 pence

The first page takes...
This printer is rapid wherever you're starting from. Unusually, it's faster to print a page from off position than standby! So go ahead, turn it off. You won't be losing any time.


  • Price: once of the cheapest on the market
  • Ultra-compact and light
  • Fairly quiet
  • 2 cartridge capacities (standard and high capacity)


  • No additional functions (copier, scanner, fax)
  • No double sided
  • No wi-fi nor network connection
  • No draft mode


A model that will suit you very well if you're looking for an ultra-compact, basic printer that's simple to use. The Dell 1130 is fast and does the minimum well.
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