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Dell C1760nw color printer has great output quality but pricey toner

Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio | March 28, 2013
The C1760nw’s impressive graphics quality makes it a stronger choice than other low-cost color lasers.

The C1760nw posted average to slow time in our speed tests, using the ethernet connection. Full-page (letter-size) photos print to laser glossy paper at 1.5 pages per minute (ppm). Smaller, snapshot-sized (4- by-6-inch) photos print at 1.8 ppm to plain paper and just under 1.46 ppm to glossy laser stock. Black text and mixed pages of black text and monochrome graphics print at an aggregate 8 on the PC and 8.2 on the Mac.

The C1760w carries a one-year warranty with easy exchange. You can pump that up to five years with exchange for $80, and on-site service is also available. The drum/fuser is a lifetime unit, and those support options are reassuring when no replacement is readily available. Dell quotes a 30,000-page duty cycle, but in real life this is about a 500-page-a-month unit. Even if the unit can handle heavier use, print more than 500 pages and the price of the toner will start catching up to you.

Color laser devotees, we know you're out there. If you must buy a low-cost color laser, the Dell C1760nw is one we're willing to recommend--albeit with many reservations--because of its unusually good graphics quality.


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