The Dell 1250c is a suitable match for single users hunting for a single-function laser printer that can output black and color documents in a light-duty printing environment. Its $150 retail price puts it in the same price category as all-in-one multifunction inkjet printers that can fax, copy, and scan along with printing. But if you can't stand waiting for ink to dry, and don't mind a slight drop-off in image print quality, the Dell 1250c's quick output and crisp laser text and graphics earn our endorsement.
There isn't much to speak of in terms of button controls. You get a button to feed paper into the printer and another to cancel a print job in progress, along with four LED lights that roughly estimate the level of laser toner you have left in the color cartridge, as well as a line drawing of where the cartridges fit into the right side panel. Overall, the controls are intuitive to navigate, and with no wireless networking installed in the 1250c, the printer is simple enough for even for the most amateur technophobe to operate.
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