Dell 720 Photo Printer Review – Cheap But Disappointing
The Dell 720 photo printer is designed for producing professional
materials such as brochures and flyers, while also doing a capable job
of printing documents. Unfortunately, Dell hasn’t quite managed to
measure up against the standards set by some of their competitors when
it comes to this class of machine. Let’s look at the relative benefits
and drawbacks of owning a Dell 720.
Top Features of the Dell 720
There are a few things to recommend this printer, the most obvious of
which is the price tag. This machine sells new for just $50, a price
that you’re highly unlikely to find beaten by any other manufacturer.
In terms of its specifications, the 720 also has a few impressive
features. The maximum picture resolution it’s capable of is not bad at
4,800 by 1,200 dots per inch. It also comes with fairly user-friendly
software such as Dell Picture Studio, so you don’t need a lot of prior
knowledge of image editing to get your pictures right before printing.
Downsides of the Dell 720 Printer
As you might expect in light of the price tag, there are quite a few
flaws that make this machine inferior to many of its competitors. One
of those is its speed. It’s capable of a mere 13 pages per minute for
black-and-white documents and only 8 pages per minute in color. That’s
definitely going to slow down productivity in a professional
environment where the printer is getting regular use. Note also that
these are maximum speeds, so in practice the machine may actually be a
lot slower than this on particular projects.
The 720 is also extremely limited in terms of its compatibility. It was
originally designed only to be compatible with Windows 2000 and XP, so
if you have a Mac, forget about it. If you’re running Windows Vista or
7 you may be able to download drivers that will allow you to operate
the machine, but don’t count on it. Unless you’re running 2000 or XP
(and aren’t planning on changing that any time soon), look elsewhere.
Consumer Response to the Dell 720 Photo Printer
There has been a torrent of negative feedback from purchasers of this
machine. Not only are the downsides mentioned above a cause for
irritation, but the machine seems to be quite prone to malfunctioning
in various ways. Paper jams and feeding problems are very common. The
printer has a tendency to not use a particular color of ink even if the
ink cartridge isn’t empty, resulting in ruined prints. And even when it
does work as it should, the print quality is fairly low – nothing you’d
be proud to attach your professional name to.
In short, this is a very basic printer that will suffice in the short
term if you’re on a very tight budget, but don’t look at it as a long
term investment. There’s a reason you can buy this machine second-hand
for $20 or less. Consider yourself warned.