HP Color LaserJet 4650 vs. Dell 5100cn
Maximize uptime and minimize interventions with HP.
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As pressure to boost efficiency continues to mount, it’s
never been more important to maximize the return on your
technology investment — not an easy task if you only look
at specs, the price tag, and cost per page. Specs will only
HP Color LaserJet 4650
tell you so much, and they generally don’t reveal anything
about the degree to which a color printer will simplify or
Get reliable print quality with HP.
complicate workflows for endusers and IT staff. And purchase
price and cost per page are merely the tip of the totalcost
ofownership iceberg, since many color printers aren’t
designed to minimize hidden costs and thus can be
extremely expensive to operate over time.
Take, for instance, the HP Color LaserJet 4650 and Dell
5100cn printers. If you merely consider the price tag and
the print speed, you might think the latter is a good value.
But when you consider the Color LaserJet 4650 requires
minimal maintenance and support and offers bestinclass
What it should look like
Dell 5100cn developer failure
usability, unsurpassed print quality, exceptional realworld
In our testing, wear to the Dell 5100cn’s developers and imaging units
performance, legendary reliability, and low TCO, it wouldn’t created significant PQ defects. Dell considers the developers “permanent”
be surprising if you achieved a significantly higher return
components, and the 5100cn’s imaging unit failed after printing 26,018
on investment with HP compared to Dell. In fact, we think it pages — only 75% of its manufacturerrated yield of 35,000 pages. You
would be surprising if you didn’t.
won’t experience these problems with HP — the Color LaserJet 4650’s
integrated print cartridges contain the developers and drums, so you refresh
Reduce support costs and management chores
the entire imaging system every time you replace toner.
with HP’s reliable, lowmaintenance solutions.
Furthermore, 8 of the Dell parts are NOT even covered
The transition to color will redefine your imaging and printing
by the extended warranty.
environment for years to come and the solutions offered by
various vendors will have distinctly different impacts on
• Less cleaning — In general, Dell color printers require a
your IT resources, so it’s important to choose careful y. Unlike
lot more cleaning than HP Color LaserJets. And the Dell
the Dell 5100cn, HP printers like the Color LaserJet 4650
5100cn printer’s laser lens must be cleaned regularly to
can help you transform your imaging and printing
prevent PQ defects, a task that’s unnecessary with HP.
infrastructure into an intel igent, selfmaintaining environment
• Fewer failures — Based upon our testing, print jobs in
that cuts support costs and management chores.
bestPQ mode are 5.5 times more likely to fail on a Dell
• Fewer replacement parts — A Dell 5100cn requires
5100cn than an HP Color LaserJet 4650. Many 5100cn
9 replacement parts beyond toner during the first
failures were caused by memory errors, meaning Dell
140,000 pages vs. only 1 for an HP Color LaserJet 4650.
users may have to add memory to print best PQ reliably.
In our testing, we also witnessed many beforelife
failures on 5100cn imaging units and developers, the
Reduce printermanagement chores with HP.
latter of which Dell considers “permanent” components.
Can the solution...
• Less management — HP Web Jetadmin boasts industry
leading 1:many management capabilities that let you
Configure multiple devices at once?
batch configure multiple printers at once and update
Update alerts on multiple devices at once?
alerts and firmware on multiple devices concurrently.
Deploy preconfigured drivers?
Dell doesn’t offer a networkmanagement utility to
firmware on multiple devices at once?
manage multiple devices at once, which means IT must
configure, set alerts, and load balance each device one
at a time instead of in batches.
HP’s superior print quality is easy to see.
• Legendary reliability — Dell earned a “C” in the 2003
PC Magazine Service and Reliability Survey, whereas
HP is the only printing and imaging vendor to receive
an “A” or better for 12 consecutive years.
Make users more effective with the HP Color
Your transition to color will also have significant, longterm
HP Color LaserJet 4650
impacts on enduser effectiveness, because color printing is These scans of 24point type from color output in default PQ mode clearly demonstrate
inherently more complicated than blackandwhite. HP has
HP delivers superior print quality.
done far more to eliminate this complexity than Dell, which
means devices like the Color LaserJet 4650 can make
Spend less time waiting for output with HP.
users happier and more productive by helping them create
effective color documents more easily and quickly.
Less reprinting — HP innovations like auto trapping,
sharpening, adaptive halftoning, and advanced control
over dot size and placement deliver noticeably superior
results and let the average user succeed with color.
Without the aid of these technologies, Dell users may
seconds to first page out from powersave mode
experience more trial and error printing (and reprinting)
important documents — color printing is more complex
with the 5100cn based upon our testing, which also
revealed its users will likely experience problems with
banding and streaking when printing documents with
• Less wait time in bestPQ mode — HP offers best print
quality at full engine speed (22 ppm), which lets the
minutes to print a suite of 13 files in bestPQ mode
Color LaserJet 4650 print nearly twice as fast in bestPQ
mode as the Dell 5100cn (12 color ppm). HP offers big
advantages processing complex files, however, and in
The numbers add up in HP’s favor.
our testing printing a suite of 13 files Dell took more than
4 times longer than HP in bestPQ mode (28.5 minutes
Return on investment is calculated by subtracting the cost
versus 6.55 minutes, respectively).
from the gain and then dividing the difference by the cost,
or: ROI = (gain – cost) ÷ cost. HP color printers like the
• Less wait time from powersave mode — HP’s innovative Color LaserJet 4650 can help boost your organization’s
fusers warm up a lot faster from powersave, which
gain — which can be any business improvement based on
means the 22ppm Color LaserJet 4650 can output
deploying new color printers, such as increased revenue or
shorter print jobs in less time than the 25ppm Dell
reduced cost through efficiency — by allowing users to
5100cn — a big advantage when you consider many
create effective color documents more easily and quickly
office documents are 3 pages or less.
than with the Dell 5100cn. And HP can help you cut costs
• Less wait time on large print jobs — On big jobs, the
by minimizing the impact on major and often overlooked
22ppm HP Color LaserJet 4650 can outperform the
components of a device’s total cost of ownership like IT
25ppm Dell 5100cn, which enters 30second cleaning
operations and purchasing/stocking logistics.
cycles every 17 pages on average. Based upon maximum When you compare the HP Color LaserJet 4650 and the
engine speeds, this should allow HP, which performs
Dell 5100cn on these terms, which longterm printing
6second cleaning cycles every 50 pages, to print
strategy makes the most sense for your organization?
206 pages in 10 minutes vs. only 145 for Dell.
Buying cheaper, highermaintenance printers with more
• Easiertouse control panel — Toner gauges on HP
hidden costs that may frustrate users and IT, or deploying
LaserJet control panels provide an easy view of supplies intelligent devices like the HP Color LaserJet 4650 that are
levels and thus reduce downtime. Furthermore, the
virtually maintenance free and make it easy for average
advanced 4line displays on HP Color LaserJet printers
office users to succeed with color?
offer animation and contextsensitive help, whereas the
2line text displays on Dell color printers don’t.
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