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Now that we've thoroughly trounced the company for its mediocre setup software, we can cover what's good about the Dell C3765dnf Workgroup Color Printer. Because like the Xerox version, this machine is built like a Sherman tank, and is designed for the rigors of hard, everyday use.
One feature we particularly liked for the office was its job display. When printing a job, the 3765's backlit color LCD touch panel shows the application and file name of the print job along with the current page and total pages in the job. And it beeps at the finish of each job. Testers also were impressed with the time to first page, which ranged between 8 and 11 seconds, just about the time it takes to walk over and pick up the pages. Dell's color MFP turned out 36 text pages in 1:08 minutes, including a time to first page of 11 seconds. Speed for color printing was slower, but quality was excellent, with continuous tones, lifelike fleshtones and no banding or dithering.
Software behind the control panel presents the same logical and intuitive interface as the Xerox version, with large, dedicated software buttons for the most common functions of copy, fax and scan, surrounded by a hardware numerical keypad and other keys for accessing printer status, cancelling a job and so on. Before scanning, the machine prompts for a destination for saving or emailing scanned images.
Dell adds to this (as does Xerox) an Address Book Editor, which permits email addresses and server information to be entered from a Mac or Windows machine (manually or through LDAP) for quick access at the printer. Files can be scanned to a network folder via SMB or FTP, emailed or saved as a PDF, JPG or TIFF to a local USB drive. A USB 2.0 port on the front panel also accepts input for direct printing. For remote and mobile-device printing, the company offers the Dell Mobile Print for Android and endorses the ThinXtreme version for iOS.
The Dell C3765dnf Workgroup Color Printer prints and copies at a maximum resolution of 600 x 600 (for printing, 1,200 x 1,200 with interpolation) and supports PCL 5 and 6 as well as Adobe PostScript 3. The printer comes standard with Ethernet and USB 2.0 inputs; Wi-Fi b/g/n is optional. Workgroups will get their printing, scanning, copying and faxing money's worth from Dell's $1,099 color laser MFP.