The E525W has been released by Dell which is a compact multi-function device, designed for small business or work groups and offering print, scan, copy and fax functions, with wireless, Ethernet and USB connections. In Dell’s normal jet-black livery and angular lines, the printer is clean cut and has a small footprint, with the paper-out support pulling out no further than the input tray to keep the footprint contained.
- Technology Not stated
- Maximum print resolution 600 x 600-dpi
- Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth) 1,200-x1,200-dpi (24-bit)
- Number of colors (cartridges) 4 (4)
- Standard interfaces USB, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, USB host
- Optional interfaces None
- Dimensions (HxWxD) 353-x41 0x 398-mm
- Weight 16.4-kg
- Duty cycle (pages per month) 30,000 pages (maximum)
- Paper handling
- Maximum paper size A4/legal
- Maximum paper weight 163-gsm
- Standard paper trays (capacity) 1 (150)
- Maximum paper trays (capacity) 1 (150)
- Duplex No
- Automatic Document Feeder capacity 15
- Supported operating systems Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6 or later,
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11.3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Desktop,
- Ubuntu 12.04 or later, Android, iOS
- Other features Four-line backlit LCD screen
Qualities & Designing
The only paper tray takes 150-sheets, which is a bit meager, and above it is a flip-up flap, which appears to have no purpose, as there’s no single-sheet feed. Fold down the right-hand side panel and the four toner cartridges clip in unconventional manner, but easily, in a vertical orientation, side by side. This is well used for control and status, though it isn’t a touchscreen. Some control choices are a little odd, too, with separate buttons to select mono or color output and a third button to start the job.
Connections And Printing Speed
A fold down panel at the back and the hinged scanner section provide access for any paper jams though we experienced none during testing.As well as driver software, Dell includes Document Hub with the E525W. This gives you access to the printer wirelessly from mobile devices, either directly or via Google Cloud Print. As always, when it is available, a wireless connection is the most various. Wireless connection can be completed through W.P.S, with just a couple of presses on the printer and one on your router. The five-page text and graphics test gave a slow 6.4-ppm and a single-page copy, again due to the pre-processing time, took 33 seconds. A five-page mono copy from the A.D.F was quicker per page, taking 44-s and a 15 x 10-cm photo took just under a minute from a PC, with full A-4 prints taking 32 seconds from the USB port and 1:09 from an Android smartphone.
It’s only let down by its almost-prohibitive color print cost and to a lesser degree, by a slightly clumsy mono LCD screen. In this market place, you need to consider all the options, including business inkjet, before buying.