The Good The Dell B1160w‘s low-profile footprint occupies very little desk space and its Wi-fi connectivity works well for multiple users operating in the same network.
The Bad A 150-sheet paper capacity requires more frequent refilling, and wired networks are not possible without an integrated Ethernet port.
The Bottom Line The limited paper input capacity of the Dell B1160w and the lack of Ethernet networks limit its use for small businesses with heavy workloads, but its compact form makes it an affordable home-based solution.
Like most budget monochrome printers in the Dell product line, the B1160w Wireless Laser Printer is a mediocre contractor capable of delivering a limited number of prints for personal use, such as in a hostel or home office.
Its input capacity of 150 sheets of paper and lack of Ethernet connectivity is not perfect for medium to large workgroups, but the company builds 802.11 b / g / n wireless applications and Dell print devices for Android smartphones. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a printer but still need a wireless device to use at home, you won’t regret investing in a Dell B1160w for $ 120.
Design and features
The B1160w is easy to install thanks to its intuitive software manual and compact printer size. The size of the printer is 13.03 inches wide, 8.46 inches deep and 7 inches tall, so you should still have enough space on your desktop before installing it near your computer. Like many laser printers, Dell uses a conservative, curved black paper design that places the output tray on top of a small rectangular block.
Conversely, the input tray extends down from the bottom half of the front and can hold only 150 sheets of standard 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper, so don’t expect to print multiple Wikipedia articles without filling the box at least once. Dell also claims that it can process approximately 10,000 pages per month (also called “workflow”), which should be more than sufficient for individual use. Unlike the more valuable linemate, then Dell 1130n , this printer lacks the ability to print on the card and envelopes without the manual feed slot included.
According to Dell, the B1160 is compatible with various versions of Windows, including 32- and 64-bit Vista and 7, 2000, XP and Server, as well as Linux and Mac OS 10.4 – 10.7. On-screen instructions guide you through 2-minute unpacking, physical setup, and software installation using the included USB cable.
Unfortunately, the modest price tag of the printer means that you also do not get the benefit of connecting multiple users to a device on an Ethernet network. The good news is that you can still cut the cord, at least for personal use. The built-in 802.11 b / g / n wireless print server is easy to implement thanks to the detailed instructions that came with the driver and the simplified wireless setup of the driver.
I hesitate to call the top of the printer a “control panel” because you only have two buttons for power and notification. Considering the simple features of the monolaser, you probably won’t need it. On the other hand, the fixed 90 degree angle of the buttons means that depending on how tall your printer is on your desk, you may need to get up to see them. Overall, the controls are intuitive to navigate, so even the most amateur users aren’t likely to run into cramps while working.
Folding down the drawer on the front, you open two separate paper compartments: one to hold 150 sheets of plain white paper, and the top removable plastic lip that protects the outgoing sheets. The tray also has slides on the sides that allow the user to set up standard legal paper, as well as alternative media sources such as coated paper, envelopes and labels.
The monochrome toner cartridge is easy to pull out after removing the plastic front panel, and Dell includes a standard toner cartridge. On the Dell Web site, you can get a gas station that allegedly prints 1500 sheets for $ 59.99. Doing the math, it comes out to about 3.9 cents per page, just below the average cost for a regular sheet of black ink on both laser and inkjet printers. Unfortunately, you are out of luck if you think you are printing more than average because the site does not mention the high-capacity toner cartridge that works with the B1160w.
The B1160w is way behind the competition in our monochrome text and graphics bandwidth tests, but the difference between the scores is so small that you probably won’t notice the speed difference unless you consistently print multipage (20+) documents at the same time. Although Dell cannot answer Lexmark E460dw“>Lexmark E460dw while printing a 10-page slide show presentation.
The Dell B1160w also performed well with the raw data quality tests, but the graphics quality needed improvement. As expected, it printed a fine page of black text with solid lines and clean edges with even spacing between characters and full-size figures, but the printer failed to produce similar results to the graphics page.
Although I still have no doubt about his ability in the boardroom for handouts and presentation papers, I have noticed the wrong gradations and inconsistency in the thin lines. The same story applies to snapshots, although we assume that you do not buy a monolayer to support your career in photography.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Presentation (PPM)||Black Graphics (PPM)||Black Text (PPM)|
38.1633.333.86 Samsung ML-2525W
2020.1918.82 Brother HL-2270DW
18.1519.0318.64 Lexmark E460dw
9.9625.9917.61 Dell B1160w
Service and support
The standard warranty for the Dell B1160w is one year, but you can upgrade it for up to four additional years. Dell provides 24-7 handset support for free, but recommends trying online chat first. For less urgent requests, you can also contact Dell’s e-mail support team or view its user forums. The Dell Web site also has product-oriented support in the form of online user guides, driver downloads and software, and a troubleshooter.
The Dell B1160w Monochrome Laser Printer is an efficient, reliable workhorse for individual use at home or at the desktop. The ability to add users over the wireless network is also useful, but keep in mind that a low price means you won’t get fancy features such as a document feeder, manual feed tray, or Ethernet port. If you like these omissions, you will be happy with the purchase.