(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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We weren't quite as impressed by the image quality put out by the Dell. While our full sheet of plain black text looked presentable at first glance, a closer inspection showed several jagged lines at the corners of text in small fonts, specifically in italicized text, and white text on a colored background became unreadable at less than 5 points.
Even on the high-quality setting, we wouldn't recommend using this printer for printing PowerPoint presentations or any document to be used in a professional environment. Furthermore, the color graphics page is marred by an overall faded look with a slightly yellow overcast, significantly departing from the color palette of the original image.
We can't find many positive things to say about the image quality, and despite several ink head cleanings and calibrations, the image just doesn't come out as sharp or accurate as we'd expect from a $200 printer.
Service and support
Dell backs the V715w with a one-year warranty, but you can pay to upgrade to two or three years of coverage. Toll-free phone support is available 24-7, and Dell's site offers e-mail support and user forums. Dell's Web site also has product-specific support in the form of online user guides, drivers and software downloads, and a troubleshooting tool.
The Dell V715w neglects to deliver extra features beyond the standard print, fax, scan, and copy functions, which ultimately ranks it behind competitive devices like the Lexmark Prevail Pro705, which saves money and boosts office productivity with XL-capacity cartridges, interactive Productivity Studio and Imaging software programs, and a useful onscreen toolbar that tracks your print jobs and acts as a troubleshooting aide should you encounter any snags in the process. Since you get all these additional features for the same price, the Lexmark Prevail Pro705 would be our choice over the spotty Dell V715w.
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