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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Good printer, but confusing documentation if you want to set it up as a Google Cloud Printer
By Charles Koeppen
I haven't used the printer enough to give it a thorough review, however it prints well, is fast, and has a lot of features for the price. I needed this to be set up as a Google Cloud Print printer because the the only computer in the household it is being used in is a Google Chromebook. The documentation provided (no hardcopy, just a PDF version on disk) is unclear, and eventually you get to Dell's instruction page for using the printer with Google Cloud Print which is also unclear.
The first task during installation that turned out somewhat of a problem was getting the printer recognized as a network printer. As with other brands of network printers, there are a few ways of doing this. The "easier" ways did not work for me even though the printer did manage to find the wireless network on its own. I had to resort to wiring the printer via USB to a Windows (8) computer and running the setup software available on Dell's website (the setup software provided on the disk may have possibly worked too, but it was unclear if Dell's website had an updated firmware and software version stated as being required by the documentation).
Then, it seems simple and would be with clearer documentation, but the next challenge was to get the Google Chromebook to recognize the printer. It's buried in the documentation, and it would have been a lot easier to find if I had a hardcopy version of the documentation. You need to type the IP address of the printer into the Chromebook browser URL field. You should have gotten the IP address of the printer during the wireless network printer setup. That address brings you to a webpage belonging to the printer you just installed, complete with intuitive tabs and fields that will get the printer configured as a Google Cloud Print device.
This is one of the few affordable Google Cloud Print ready laser printers with multiple functions. I would have given it 5 stars as such if it came with clearer documentation about how to set it up for use as a Google Cloud Printer.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Adequate for the price
By Teresa H.
The printer is nice and small for a laser printer and fits well on a corner of my desk. The build of the printer seems pretty cheap and flimsy, though, and I won't be surprised if it doesn't last a long time - though given the relatively inexpensive price, perhaps I should not have expected a more robust printer. The printer was pretty easy to install on my Mac, but the tiny, dim LED command screen is a nuisance to try to read.
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Best in class
Bought this after thorough shopping of competitors, and am happy to have done so. Sleep mode's nicely quiet, but the machine wakes up quickly for printing or copying. Scan and print quality are quite good. Network connection works easily and provides full setup of the printer via its own Web page (use the printer's IP address as the URL). Small gripe: the buttons at upper right are not labeled, and the raised icons on them are the same matte black as the buttons themselves, so you must press the Start button to bet illumination to tell which button is which.