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Dell V515w All-in-One Wireless PrinterThe Dell V515w is a capable printer with all-in-one print, fax, scan, and copy functionality, but the cheap build, quick-depleting cartridges and spotty wireless service aren't worth the hassle.
Hi, I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for cnet.com with the first look at the Dell V515W multifunction printer. So, unfortunately, this all-in-one lives a lot to be desired. Straight out of the box, it's marred by physical flaws and a bulky design, not to mention a cheap two-line color LCD that looks like it belongs more on a graphing calculator. So, let's take a quick tour of the machine. You'll notice, it has this bucket design with a 35-page auto document feeder on top that's actually useful for scanning, copying and faxing multiple pages or photos. You'll also get a standard flatbed scanner underneath, and Dell also includes optical character recognition software that does its best to read a scanned document and import the texts into a word processor of your choice. The printer has no problems stacking individual sheets of paper in the output tray down here, but we did experience several paper jams during testing once we approached the 25-sheet output limit. In contrast, most other printers we test can hold at least double the amount for the same price. So, the Dell also comes with 802.11 b/g wireless connectivity that supposed to help you cut the cord and free up USB ports, but we experienced a lot of installation errors and too many popped up messages that gave us a headache and we just defaulted to a hardwire connection after a while. We should also note that the V515 is a big ink guzzler. It uses 2 separate ink cartridges for tri-color and black and you can also purchase high-capacity cartridges from the website, but the standard cartridges that came with the unit didn't last long enough for us to actually finish our test, so we prepare to spend lots of money on ink refills if you choose to buy this machine. So, with lots of frustrations and expensive ink cartridges, the V515W doesn't have many relieving factors. So, instead of purchasing this guy, we recommend spending your money on a more capable machine like the less expensive Epson WorkForce 310 or the slightly pricier Canon Pixma MX870. You can read more details in the full review on cnet.com, but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. This is the Dell V515W all-in-one printer and that sounds pretty good to me.