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Dell P713w review: Dell P713w

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The Good Great touchscreen display; Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity; low price tag.

The Bad Expensive black and white print costs.

The Bottom Line The Dell P713w multi-function, colour inkjet printer offers an excellent touchscreen interface and produces good printouts. It's a shame, then, that the high cost of printing black and white pages will put many people off.

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Dell doesn't have its own printer technology, but instead gets other companies to build printers for it based on their existing designs. The multi-function P713w colour inkjet printer looks quite similar to Lexmark's Interact S605, and both printers use the same technology. But the Dell model has a paper tray at the bottom and is about £40 more expensive at current prices.

Design

The P713w is a pretty funky-looking printer for a multi-function model. We like the contrast between the glossy black lid and the white front and sides. The angled control panel at the front also includes a gorgeous colour touchscreen display, so this printer will look the business sat on your desk. That said, it does take up a fair amount of room, with a footprint of 486 by 429mm.

The bottom of the printer is home to a plug-in paper feeder that holds up to 250 sheets. That's a good capacity for a model in this price range. Unfortunately, there's no dedicated photo paper compartment, so you have to remove your A4 sheets when you want to print some glossy snaps.

All printed material gets fed into the output tray, which is really just part of the cover for the input tray. It's a fairly straightforward design that works reasonably well.

Set-up

The P713w is one of the easiest printers we've encountered when it comes to setting it up. This is mainly because you're guided through the whole set-up process via animated graphics shown on the printer's own screen.

The P713w supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, as well as USB, and you can set it up on your Wi-Fi network directly via the touchscreen display.

Dell P713w display
The large, colour touchscreen display makes this printer very easy to use.

The touchscreen uses capacitive technology, like the iPhone, so it's very responsive, even when you just press it lightly. It's also excellent for choosing the photos you want to print when you connect up a camera to the front-mounted USB port or plug a card into the memory-card reader. Memory Stick, xD, SD and MMC cards are all supported, but there's sadly no CompactFlash slot.

This model also lacks the SmartSolutions system that you get on the Lexmark Interact S605. This system allows you to load extra apps from Lexmark's website for print macros and extra features like RSS news readers, so you can view headlines on the display. Sadly, it's completely absent here.

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