The Dell 922 printer is an inkjet multifunction unit capable of
printing, copying and scanning. Dell recommends this machine as a good
complement to a home office Dell PC set up. However, if you’re running
a home business, you’ll probably want to think twice about purchasing a
Dell 922 after reading this review. Although the 922 is extremely
cheap, you’re much better off going with a more expensive unit that
actually does what it says it can do.
Top Features of the Dell 922
The low price is the only major
upside to this machine. If you’re really on a very tight budget and you
need to introduce scanning, copying and printing into your business
quickly, then you might consider buying a 922 – but that’s about the
only scenario where it makes sense. If you’re a start-up and you need
something cheap and simple to get the ball rolling, you might think
about this machine – but you’ll want to upgrade as soon as you can
afford it. You can find a second-hand 922 for $25 without too much
searching. As a very low cost printer that serves multiple functions,
there are very few contenders to rival the Dell 922.
In theory, the Dell 922 has a few other appealing features. It prints
in resolutions up to 4,800 by 1,200 dots per inch, and it’s capable of
printing photos without borders in sizes up to 8.5 inches by 11 inches.
And the 922 is capable of producing very high quality photos – as long
as it’s in working order.
Downsides of the Dell 922 Printer
One of the biggest problems
with this machine is that it tends to break down or malfunction on a
very regular basis. You may find you get a few months of seamless use
out of it, and then it starts to run into problems – which is why you
need to be particularly wary if you’re planning to buy second-hand.
Common issues are ink paper jams or excessive ink usage. Ink leakages
can also be a problem, which can cause unnecessary ink ending up all
over the front or back of the documents and photos you print. Paper
feeding problems seem to be the most common, with the paper feeding
mechanism either failing altogether or feeding through multiple pages
at once, which leads to a jam.
Consumer Response to the Dell 922
One of the major complaints
about this machine is its short lifespan, which tends to cancel out any
savings you make by buying this rather than a more expensive but
Another major point of complaint is the ink thirst of this machine. It
tends to chew through a fair bit of ink which makes the cost of running
it high – again, this counteracts any savings you make on the initial
In short, this machine is inexpensive but it’s not a bargain – despite
the low price you’re unlikely to feel you got your money’s worth. Only
consider this machine if you just need it for the short term (3 months