HardwareWhen we received the 5130cdn box here at editorial, we were astonished to see how big it was. This was partly down to the fact that a pallet had been used at the bottom of the box to facilitate the transport of what is a particularly heavy machine (45 kg). It is very robust looking and in the form of a cube (56 x 51 x 43 cm), something of a backwoodsman in the world of printers. There are no curved lines here, no black, glossy hood. Dell has made it as functional as possible.
The letters in the name tell you about the printer's capacities. 5130CDN: C for Colour, D for Duplex (double-sided) and N for Network. In the standard version, 150 printed pages can be collected at the front and the paper loader has a capacity of 550 pages.
The standard version opened
It supports PS3 and PCL and is Windows, Mac and Linux compatible.
There's a black and white screen with directional arrows and a validation button on the front. The buttons below the arrows give you access to the help and menu as well as allowing you to cancel your print command.
You can also add additional paper capacity in 550 page steps (to a maximum of 1100 additional pages).
Speed: a real beast
The tech spec claims 45 pages per minute (ppm) for black & white and colour. With our test documents, we scored it at 46 ppm. Count 35 ppm for double-sided. This is the fastest model we've tested, faster even than the Brother HL-4570CDW which manages 30 ppm.
46 pages per minute
The results are excellent on our office documents. Though complex to render with all its shaded areas, the graph is perfectly legible and the colours are very accurate.
The fussiest among you will note that the 0s in the caption are slightly blurred but overall the result is very good.
Energy consumption & noise levels
This printer consumes 5 Watts on standby and 600 Watts when printing. Although this may seem high in comparison with inkjets (on average they score 2 Watts in standby and 20 Watts when printing), it isn't however too bad and printer manufacturers are working to bring these scores down. For comparison the Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN draws 6 Watts in standby and 480 Watts when printing. It is however possible to do better (the HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn consumes 1.2 Watts in standby and 290 Watts when printing).
At an average of 58.5 dB (A) according to our readings, the Dell 5130cdn is a noisy printer.
Cost per page: 5.6 penceStandard cartridges are supplied with the machine and these give half the capacity of the XLs. Our price table is based on the high capacity cartridges, which, while requiring more initial outlay (£695), give a much better cost per page. Overall the cost per page is very good: 5.6 pence. The advantage of separate cartridges is that you only have to replace the colour that has been used up. For cost per page comparison, we refer you to the Konica Minolta Magicolor 3730DN, which is at 11.1 pence and the Brother HL-4570CDW at 7.7 pence.
ISO lifespan for text
High capacity cartridges
|Cartridge||Price||ISO lifespan||Cost per page|
|593-10925 (black)||£136.80||18000||0.8 pence|
|593-10922 (cyan)||£186||12000||1.6 pence|
|593-10923 (magenta)||£186||12000||1.6 pence|
|593-10924 (yellow)||£186||12000||1.6 pence|