Scanner and cartridge costs
The top of the printer is home to a flat-bed scanner. The scan quality is generally pretty good. Colours are accurately reproduced and detail is among the sharpest we've seen from a multi-function model. The P713w isn't the fastest machine around when it comes to photocopying, though. It took 27 seconds to copy our black and white test page, whereas most inkjet models manage this in around 20 seconds.
When it comes to inks, there are two cartridges: a black one and a colour one that contains the three ink colours. Separate colour cartridges are always better. If you run out of one colour with the P713w, you'll have to replace the whole cartridge.
Unfortunately, high ink prices mean that the cost for a black and white page is a quite expensive 5.7p, which is all the more odd since a colour page works out at a reasonable 7.5p. Both of these figures include 0.7p for paper costs.
Print speed and quality
Print speeds are fairly rapid for machine in this class. It pumped out our ten-page black and white text document in 1 minute and 29 seconds. This model also supports two-sided, duplex printing, and managed to print five double-sided pages of text in 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
Ten pages of our colour graphics test took 4 minutes and 1 second to appear, and the printer managed to produce our ten-page colour business presentation in 3 minutes and 25 seconds. When it came to photo printing, the P713w took just 45 seconds to produce a 4- by 6-inch print.
Print quality is generally very good. Text is quite clean with only minor speckles around the edges of letters here and there. In our graphics and presentation tests, colours were impressively vivid and detail in images was well reproduced. Photo print quality was also good, with detailed shading and rich, punchy colours.
There's much to like about the Dell P713w. The touchscreen display makes it easy to set up and control, it produces impressive prints, and it's very speedy. Unfortunately, the high cost of printing black and white pages is likely to put many people off.
Edited by Charles Kloet