- Review Date: 04/14/11
- Bottom line:
The Dell V715w provides features, paper capacity, and output quality suitable for a home or micro office, and it can double as a household printer as well.
50-page ADF. Wi-Fi and Ethernet. Solid output, with above-par text. Good photo printing speed.
Slow at business printing.
The Dell V715w ($189 direct), an MFP (multifunction printer), has the features, output quality, and paper capacity suitable for a home or micro office, and is also up to doing double duty as a home printer. It includes fax, ADF, auto-duplexer, LCD screen for previewing photos, and slots for memory cards and USB key. Its output quality is solid across the board. The V715w is slow for an MFP in its price range, but if speed is not a priority, it's well worth consideration as a home or micro-office MFP that can fill in as a household printer as well.
Design and Features
The V715w, which prints, copies, scans, and faxes, measures 9.8 by 19.2 by 16.1 inches and weighs 21 pounds. On top is a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) for copying, scanning, or faxing both sides of a page. The printer has an automatic duplexer, and its 150-sheet paper tray is adequate to the printing needs of most home and micro offices.
A tilt-up front panel houses—along with an alphanumeric fax keypad and 4-way controller—a 2.4-inch LCD screen that can be used for previewing photos. Function buttons include Copy, Scan, Fax, and Photo—the V715w can be used as a standalone device for printing photos from a USB key, PictBridge-enabled camera, or memory card. To the right of the panel are ports for USB key and memory cards (it can support standard-sized cards in the SD, MMC, xD, and MS families).
The V715w connects to a PC via a USB cable, or to a network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. We tested it over a USB connection using a computer running Windows Vista.
Print Speed and Output Quality
The V715w printed out the latest version of our business applications suite—which includes text pages, graphics pages, and mixed-content pages—at an effective 2.5 pages per minute (ppm) (timed with QualityLogic's hardware and software), on the slow side for a printer in its price range. We clocked the Canon Pixma MX882 Wireless Inkjet Office All-in-One ($199.99 direct, 4.5 stars), which earned our Editor's Choice despite a lackluster print speed, at 2.9 ppm, while the Epson Stylus NX625 ($150 street, 4 stars) averaged 4.0 ppm. Several $100 inkjet MFPs we've recently tested have been faster than the V715w. At photo printing, however, the V715w did better; its average of 41 seconds per 4-by-6 print; the Epson averaged 58 seconds while the Canon took 1 minute 3 seconds per print.
The V715w's output quality is quite solid across the board. Text printing is above par for an inkjet, good enough for most any general business use except ones requiring very small fonts.
Graphics quality was typical of inkjets we've tested. Issues worth mention included banding (a regular pattern of faint lines of discoloration) and posterization (abrupt shifts in color where they should be gradual.
Photo quality was also on a par with inkjets we've tested. Most of the photos were at least at the quality you'd expect from drugstore prints. Colors were rich and well saturated, at times to the point of being punchy. Some images showed traces of dithering (visible graininess); a monochrome photo had a slight tint.
There's a lot to like about the Dell V715w. It has enough paper capacity for most home or micro offices, as well as a good set of features: fax, ADF, auto-duplexer, Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, and slots for USB keys and memory cards, and an LCD screen for previewing photos. Its output quality is solid across the board, with especially good text printing. It may be the home-office MFP you're looking for, if business-printing speed is not an issue. If you must have your documents in a hurry, you're better off with a faster machine like the Epson Stylus NX625.