Design & Economy of Use
The 3115CN comes as a one piece unit though it looks like it requires assembly. Unfortunately, this makes the big, clumsy packing box difficult to carry, requiring at least two people to handle and probably more to lift the 80-pound object from the box to a table or desk.
The MFP is shipped with a black cartridge rated for 5000 pages, and cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges rated for 4000 pages. Though this is adequate, you can get even lower cost per page if you opt for an 8000 page high-yield cartridge. Dell says that the resulting cost for a typical page is around 1.4 cents and 9.5 cents for color.
One excellent feature is the Dell Toner Management System (DTMS) which alerts you when the printer cartridge starts to run low. When this happens, the printer's LCD display will show the alert or you can configure it to send e-mail alerts automatically. The printers LCD display is clear and informative, helping to administer and maintain the printer, and you can also check toner levels and print management options from any PC in the connected network.
The supplied ColorTrack2 software lets you set volume limitations and permissions for users to print in color. This is helpful if you are worried about someone wasting color toner and/or hogging the printer. I also really like the 3115CNs feature that lets you check one copy of a job before printing a whole batch, which is great for enterprises that require heavy duty, bulk printing of documents while ensuring the correct layout, text positioning, etc. Moreover, another feature which compliments permissions based print management, is that the printer can be set to delay printing until you enter a code on the 3115CN's keypad.