A speedy multifunction
- Wi-Fi, speed, good copies
- 150-sheet input tray seems flimsy, guides for feeding thick media are problematic
The Dell 968w is a good machine overall. We just can't recommend it quite as highly as we would other inkjet multifunction printers that offer similar (or better) capabilities for about the same price.
Price$ 329.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
The Dell 968w is a fast, expandable colour inkjet multifunction printer.
The 968w we tested has integrated Wi-Fi (a cheaper model is available without that feature). But while the Dell 968w has many office-oriented features, it suffers from design flaws, and it also faces stiff competition from similarly priced models.
In our tests, the Dell 968w performed satisfactorily. It posted a faster-than-average speed of 10.2 pages per minute (ppm) in printing text on plain paper. Colour graphics came out more slowly; in printing a small photo on plain paper, for instance, the 968w managed only 2ppm.
Text samples appeared a little fuzzy but nicely black. Colours showed a yellowish or bluish cast, and images had a grainy look, even on Dell's own photo paper. The Dell 968w produced very good copies (a little chunky) and slightly dark scans.
The Dell 968w's control panel is commendably simple. The 2.4in colour LCD shows all the menu options using clear language. The navigation buttons are intuitive, too, although their shiny, chrome-like surfaces show fingerprints easily.
For a machine that's intended primarily to push paper, however, the Dell 968w could be better designed. The 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) is nice, but the front-mounted, 150-sheet input tray seems flimsy; its guides and markings are hard to see, as well. A second 150-sheet input tray costs extra.
The top of the tray catches output (100 pages), but you must retract its extension every time you load paper — and if you're using legal-size paper, the extension gets in the way a bit. An automatic duplexer (for two-sided printing) is another pay-for option.
Deep within the Dell 968w's output area lurks a particularly troublesome component: a pair of spring-loaded guides for feeding a single envelope or other thick media. They're supposed to close in securely on both sides of the media, but we couldn't get them to work properly — our photo paper always skewed.
The Dell 968w's pricey inks are business-unfriendly. Figuring out how to reach the cartridges is challenging, too, as you get no obvious handle for lifting the scanner unit to do so — just a subtle side indentation.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
- 2 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review
- 3 Portable power: Venom Blackbook 13 Zero review
- 4 Alcatel Idol 4S review: King of the mid-range?
- 5 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review
Latest News Articles
- HP offers US$1 billion for Samsung's printer business
- How 4D printing is now saving lives
- HP begins selling its Jet Fusion 3D printer; says it's 50% cheaper, 10X faster than others
- 3D printing industry to triple in four years to $21B
- Disney files patent for near instantaneous 3D printing
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCE-Commerce - Senior Web DeveloperNSW
- CCChange and Communications ManagerQLD
- FTSenior PHP DeveloperNSW
- CCJava / J2ee ProgrammersACT
- CCBusiness ArchitectNSW
- CCData Analyst | Data Management Framework | Experience in RNSW
- CCSenior Project ManagerACT
- CCSenior Infrastrcture Project ManagerACT
- CCiOS DeveloperNSW
- CCICT Security AuditorACT
- CCSolutions ArchitectACT
- CCProgram Manager - Data InsightVIC
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- CCNetwork and Security EngineerNSW
- FTMDM EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Change ManagerVIC
- CCSoftware TesterACT
- CCFull Stack Application Developer - IoT projectsVIC
- CCTest Manager (HP Quality Centre / Kronos)NSW
- CCInfrastructure Project Manager - DCR ProjectNSW
- CCData Analyst | Data Feeds | Catalogue and MapNSW
- FTTeam Leader Full Stack, Python, FinanceNSW
- CCService Desk analystSA
- CCSecurity Cleared IT Professionals - Expression of InterestSA
- CCWAN Architect and ConsultantWA