Searching for a multi-purpose fax, scan, copy and print device for office use is far more difficult than it should be these days, mainly because there's such a wide range of products out there that all do a fairly similar job.
Dell has made a solid, if uninspiring, shift in the printer market recently, and the 1135n complements associated models in the same range by adding multi-function capabilities along with wired network support.
Despite its tilt towards an office environment, this is really a medium-yield laser printer with a 250-sheet main tray, 80-sheet output bin and a 40-sheet automatic document feeder.
It's capable of a maximum 1,200 x 1,200dpi, and can take paper weights up to 160gsm, which should be sufficient considering this is a monochrome device and handles a purported 12,000 pages per month in terms of volume.
Dell's recent range seems to follow a common pattern of prioritising simplicity and straightforward operation over features and versatility, and things are no different here.
It's a little disappointing not to see features such as wireless compatibility and automatic duplex printing, although it is possible to perform the latter manually by configuring the request through the print settings.
The front-mounted control panel is well laid out and offers access to all common functions including switching modes, and incorporating two 'hotkeys' to reduce or enlarge prints to, for example, output multiple pages onto a single sheet, and an 'ID Copy' function that can scan both sides of an ID card onto a page. These seem rather specific functions for dedicated keys, but they work well and may be of benefit to some.
A quoted speed of up to 22ppm seemed typically optimistic, although not as far-fetched as we've come to expect in this market. A fairly slow warm-up time from cold of around 20 seconds is the main thing preventing the 1135n from reaching these speeds, but once it gets going we noticed that larger jobs get far closer to the advertised number.