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Dell Inkjet Printers – Low Prices, But Low Quality


Dell inkjet printers are certainly not Dell’s strongest suit, although they do provide affordable solutions to a lot of common business challenges. If you’re in need of a dedicated image printer at a low price with multiple other functions, Dell’s inkjet range might be worth a look. But if you need an all-around printer that can produce excellent quality for both text documents and image prints, you may be disappointed by Dell’s inkjets.

Benefits of Dell Inkjet Printers

As with all Dell’s printers, low pricing is one of the main benefits to be had with their range of inkjets. If you’re in the market for an inkjet printer and you need the absolute lowest price you can find, you’re likely to get what you’re looking for with Dell. Just bear in mind that you’ll end up paying more in the long run through high ink consumption and the possibility that your machine will face an early death – make sure you buy a model with a one-year or longer warranty.

Also, Dell’s inkjet printers typically include multiple functions, making them more efficient for small business scenarios. This is largely because Dell simply can’t compete on the quality of their inkjet prints alone, so they’ve chosen to make these machines more useful by adding extra functions.

Another plus with these units is that most of them include wireless functionality, so they’re a good low-priced solution for a small office work group.

Drawbacks of Dell Inkjets

Dell’s inkjet printers are lacking somewhat when it comes to black-and-white printing. The maximum resolution for color prints on all their inkjets is 4,800 by 1,200 dots per inch, which allows for the printing of some fairly high quality images. However, when it comes to black-and-white prints, these same machines are only capable of 600 by 600 dots per inch. That means if you need to print crisp text documents, these machines are unlikely to deliver the quality you need, although they may live up to your needs if you primarily need to print images.

Ink usage is another point that needs to be mentioned as a downside of Dell’s inkjets in general. Even when they’re in fine working order they use a lot of ink, but Dell’s inkjets also commonly suffer from abnormal ink inefficiencies and leakages.

The range of options offered by Dell’s inkjet range is also quite limited. There aren’t many models in the range, and those models are all very similar to each other. On the plus side, this lack of range can be counteracted somewhat by the options you have when it comes to customizing Dell printers.

The display features of these printers is also fairly sub-par. Many inkjet printers these days include at least a 2.4-inch LCD screen which allows you to view the image you’re about to print, and in some cases make changes to it. That’s not the case with Dell units, which generally only include a 2-line text LCD display.

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