The Dell C1760nw Color Printer is a step up from the Dell C1660w Color Printer, adding Ethernet connectivity and a bypass tray, using a slightly faster print engine, and offering slightly lower running costs. It has solid (if unspectacular) speed and output quality, and is a respectable choice as a color printer for a micro or home office.
The C1760nw’s print engine is LED based, using light-emitting diodes rather than lasers as its light source. LED printers, though, share many of the characteristics of lasers and are considered laser class. They tend to be smaller than true lasers, however, and the C1760nw is no exception, measuring 8.9 by 15.5 by 11.8 inches (HWD), the same size as the Dell C1660w, though at 23 pounds it’s a bit over 2 pounds heavier. Still, it’s easy enough to share a desk with.
The C1760nw’s paper capacity is 150 sheets, plus a 10-sheet bypass tray so you can easily switch to alternate paper stock. Its paper capacity makes it best for relatively light-duty use in a micro or home office, or as a personal printer in any size office. Like the Dell C1660nw, it lacks an auto-duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper, as well as a port for a USB thumb drive.
The C1760nw is compatible with the recently introduced Dell Mobile Print for Android, and will also work with the iOS and Windows RT versions of the app when they’re released in early 2013.
The C1760nw offers USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. I tested it over a wired network with the printer’s driver installed on a PC running Windows Vista.
On our business applications suite, (using QualityLogic’s hardware and software for timing), I timed the C1760nw at an effective 4.8 pages per minute (ppm) a decent speed and good for its 15 page per minute monochrome and 12 page per minute color printing rating that is based on printing text documents without graphics or photos—our test suite includes text pages, graphics pages, and pages with mixed content. The C1760nw, rated at 12 pages per minute mono and 10 pages per minute for color printing was a trifle slower, at 4.2 ppm. The Editors’ Choice Samsung CLP-415nw, which was rated at 19 ppm for both color and monochrome printing, zipped through our business suite at 6.0 ppm.
The C1760nw’s overall output, though solid enough, was a touch below par for a color laser, with slightly below-par text, and average graphics and photo quality. Text is fine for general business use, though not for uses that require very small fonts.
With graphics, for the most part colors were bold and well saturated, but some black backgrounds appeared faded. Thin colored lines were often hard to see. Most illustrations showed dithering (graininess), and posterization (abrupt changes in color or tone where they should be gradual) was visible in a couple of images that tend to bring it out. The graphics are okay for PowerPoint presentations, though I would hesitate to hand them to people I was seeking to impress.
Photo quality is fine for in-house business use, though whether the quality is good enough for use in company newsletters depends on how picky you are. Photo prints frequently suffered from some loss in detail, particularly in bright areas.
The C1760nw will cost you a little more up front than the Dell C1660w, but its lower running costs (3.5 cents per monochrome page and 18.5 cents per color page, compared with 4 cents mono and 21 cents color for the Dell C1660w) will help you recoup the price difference over time. In addition, you get a faster print engine (as was borne out in our testing), Ethernet, and a 10-sheet bypass tray.
The Editors’ Choice Samsung CLP-415NW has marginally higher claimed running costs, at 3.7 cents per monochrome page and 19 cents per color page. It does offer a faster print speed, plus a substantially larger paper capacity (250 sheets) and better output quality at a comparable price. Its higher paper capacity makes it appropriate for heavier-duty printing and slightly larger offices than the C1760nw. The Samsung CLP-415NW is still a good choice for micro or home offices, but it’s too large to easily share a desk with. That’s one area in which the Dell C1760nw Color Printer beats it hands down.
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|Direct Printing from Cameras||No|
|Maximum Standard Paper Size||Legal|
|Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono)||15 ppm|
|Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color)||12 ppm|
|Color or Monochrome||1-pass color|
|Technology (for laser category only)||LED|
|Connection Type||USB, Ethernet, Wireless|
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