The Good The Dell V715w All-in-One Wireless Printer helps you reduce your environmental footprint with an integrated Eco Mode button that dims the 2.4-inch LCD display and enables double-sided printing with the 50-sheet autodocument feeder.
The Bad Lackluster image quality and ink-guzzling cartridges hold back a printer already outgunned by its faster, more full-featured competition.
The Bottom Line The Dell V715w is the company's flagship printer, but its mechanical missteps and quickly depleting cartridges keep us from recommending this device over more-capable machines like the Lexmark Prevail Pro705.
Dell V715w All-in-One Wireless Printer
The Dell V715w All-in-One Wireless Printer offers the standard array of print, fax, scan, and copy features with a useful 50-sheet autodocument feeder and an Eco Mode button that encourages you to cut down on consumables. Out of the box, the V715w shows physical flaws and a bulky design with frustrations that include frequent paper jams, unreliable wireless connectivity, and expensive ink cartridges. Placed next to the full-featured Lexmark Prevail Pro705, which flaunts a much easier installation process, top-tier image output quality, and a five-year warranty, we see little reason to recommend the Dell V715w.
Design and features
At 19.2 inches wide, 16.1 inches deep, and 9.9 inches tall, the Dell V715w will take command of your workspace, so make sure you have room for the device before running out to make a purchase. You likely won't move the V715w once you situate it in your work area. The hefty printer weighs 21 pounds, just 1 pound less than the Epson WorkForce 840, a $300 printer that can hold up to 500 sheets of paper in its dual paper input trays. The V715w tops out at 200 sheets total: 150 in the standard input tray and another 50 sheets in the ADF.
The V715w doesn't feature a typical tiny two-line LCD display. Instead, you get a 2.4-inch color LCD that lets you preview imported photos from the accompanying computer, and you can also access files through the media card reader and PictBridge USB port on the lower-right side of the machine. Shortcut buttons surround the display on three sides, and there's also the standard array of buttons including a directional pad for scrolling through menus and a number pad for dialing numbers on the fax side.