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Dell 5130cdn

Est. $1,300
May 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Dell 5130cdn

Best color laser printer

  • Very fast
  • Good paper handling
  • Good text quality
  • Subpar photo quality
  • Large size, heavy weight
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Bottom Line

The Dell 5130cdn color laser printer is a speedy workhorse that's suitable for a bustling office. While it may not achieve its whopping claimed speed of 47 pages per minute, reviewers who perform hands-on testing still say the 5130cdn is among the fastest printers available. Its maximum duty cycle of 110,000 pages per month, high-capacity standard paper tray, and network readiness makes it ideal for work groups with high-volume printing needs.


Lightning-fast print speeds. The Dell 5130cdn color laser printer is fast; more so, reviewers at PC World and state that this is the fastest color laser printer that they've reviewed. Some reviewers say that print color could be better, but all say text is more than good enough for everyday business documents. As with many laser printers, photo print quality isn't the greatest, but the Dell 5130cdn does better with graphics. With a monthly duty cycle of 110,000 pages and a standard paper tray that holds 550 sheets (which can be upped to as much as 2,900 sheets by adding optional additional trays and a sheet feeder), the Dell 5130cdn shakes out as a great choice for a busy office.

Features and Design

Dinosaur-sized footprint. Jon L. Jacobi at PC World says the Dell 5130cdn looks "intimidating," with its dullish-black exterior and large size. Indeed, at 17 inches by 22.1 inches by 20 inches, the Dell 5130cdn color laser printer has a large footprint -- and at 99 pounds, you'll want a strong table to hold it and a couple of strong backs to move it. The drum and toner cartridges are easily accessed from a fold-down front panel, through which you also reach to clear any paper jams. The front control panel has a monochrome LCD screen and cursor and navigation buttons that Jacobi calls "intuitive." The 5130cdn offers Ethernet connectivity for work group sharing, and the printer's settings can be changed via a web browser. An automatic duplexing feature is included.


Cheap to run, but some users question reliability. Reviewers praise the Dell 5130cdn color laser printer for its low claimed cost per page, due to the relatively cheap price of its toner cartridges. The 5130cdn ships with a 9,000-page black toner cartridge and 6,000-page color cartridges. High-yield toner cartridges are available, which reduce the per-page printing costs further. Professional reviewers are generally pleased with the 5130cdn. However, user reviews, while very limited, are also very mixed. Some are pleased, but several posting to and report some reliability issues. The Dell 5130cdn is covered by a one-year warranty.

Where To Buy
Dell 5130CDN Color Laser Printer - Printer - color - Duplex - laser - Legal, A4 - 1200 dpi - up to 47 ppm (mono) / up to 47 ppm (color) - capacity: 700 sheets - parallel, USB, Gigabit LAN

 (4 reviews)
Buy new: $1,499.99   5 Used & new from $399.99


Our Sources

1. PC World

Jon L. Jacobi awards the Dell 5130cdn 4.5 stars out of 5 for PC World, where it makes first place in a 2012 roundup of top 10 color laser printers. He says it has "everything a busy office needs," stating that the 5130cdn doesn't neglect text print quality for speed, and its features, including automatic duplexing and a large-input paper tray capacity, support its role as a color laser printer for a busy office with high-volume printing requirements.

Review: Fast and Furious, Dell's 5130cdn Color Laser Printer Can Handle a Busy Office's High Volume, Jon L. Jacobi, Feb. 26, 2010


Awarding the Dell 5130cdn 4 stars out of 5, Tony Hoffman recommends this printer for busy work groups in small to midsize offices. Highlighting its paper handling and low claimed cost per page, Hoffman comments that, while he considers the text print quality to be slightly subpar, it's a good workhorse printer.

Review: Dell 5130cdn Color Laser Printer, Tony Hoffman, April 28, 2011

3. Macworld

Macworld uses the Dell 5130cdn color laser printer review from PC World, affirming its rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Editors at Macworld rank the printer as second in their top 10 laser printers, although the roundup hasn't been updated since 2011.

Review: Dell 5130cdn, Jon L. Jacobi, March 17, 2010


Feedback for the Dell 5130cdn at is too scant to be very helpful. However, it's worth noting that a very small number of contributors report complaints and are largely displeased with the printer. The most consistent gripes have to do with durability issues, saying the printer suddenly stops working after a year or so of use, and that Dell's customer service leaves something to be desired.

Review: Dell 5130cdn Color Laser Printer, Contributors to, As of May 2013

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