The Good The Dell B1165nfw is a dutiful monochrome laser printer that can also act as a standalone scanner, copier, and fax machine. It’s cloud-ready with native support for Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, and Dell’s own mobile Android application.
The Bad The printer comes with a smaller, medium capacity starter cartridge, there is no update for the limited paper tray, and there is no media card reader.
The Bottom Line As long as you don’t mind the inability to print from a USB flash drive, the healthy array of advanced features and the fast output cycle of the Dell B1165nfw make it useful for small offices with wireless access.
The Dell B1165nfw is a logical purchase if you are not buying an oversized monochrome laser printer for outputting simple, heavy text documents, but still want the functionality of a comprehensive output device.
Armed with the ability to function as a standalone scanner, copier and fax machine, the $ 199.99 Dell B1165nfw is just as capable of turning over a 40-page auto-copy document as printing directly from an Android smartphone with the Dell Mobile Print application.
Also, being able to connect to a wireless network without having to enter a password is a benefit for office dialing or for those who may have frequent guests using the printer.
For its relatively low price and a number of useful features designed to speed up workflow in small offices, the Dell B1165nfw mono laser printer is our star rating because it lacks access to external storage.
At just 11.7 inches high, 15.8 inches wide, 11.5 inches deep and weigh 16.75 pounds with a toner cartridge installed, the compact B1165nfw is the perfect size for small, out-of-print offices, which requires the full size of the workgroup printer.
As other laser printers offer a touch-screen interface with virtual buttons and photo editing capabilities directly on the control panel, this Dell makes a budget move by giving up a fancy interface for a simple two-line LCD on the control panel that tilts up and down to achieve the optimum review. You can also use a printer with all the drawers folded tightly into the case to save even more space.
There is limited real estate on the control panel, but Dell keeps all the buttons clear and clear. Because so many printers that feature touch screens for the sake of technology, it is refreshing to have all your options set out intuitively with classic tactile buttons.
In addition to the display, you’ll also find a digital touchpad for entering fax machine phone numbers, eight shortcuts for storing frequently used contacts, and three function keys (scanning, copying, and faxing), as well as hot keys for copy ID and other for immediate access to secure Wi-Fi settings (WPS). Finally, there is a small LCD at the bottom indicating the print status – a flashing red light is also used to alert you to paper jams, although none of them happened during our testing.
Unlike the printer stereotype, setting up wireless features and communicating with your home computer takes minutes, not hours, thanks to Easy WiFi Installer. The window also has a driver disc that walks you through the setup process, but in half a minute, I started Easy WiFi Installer, just clicking on my network name after the printer sniffed at the available connections.
Perhaps the most convenient side of this feature is the fact that you do not need to enter a network password to gain access, making it the perfect special solution for offices that need accessible guests for visitors.
Another useful feature for the business world, both at home and in the office, is the Dell ID Copy button, located at the top of the control panel. This option makes it easy to copy both sides of the ID card on a single sheet of paper. You can even use it with compatible optical character recognition (OCR) programs to automatically import map data into your address book.
In addition to the array of printing duties, the B1165nfw is also a full-featured fax, copy and scanner. Its scan capabilities are limited to 1,200×1,200dpi in the available BMP, PDF, TIFF, PNG and JPEG formats.
The copier also allows you to adjust the contrast and resolution, as well as delete the backgrounds and pages of the collage before printing. Dell minimizes warm-up times with less than 30 seconds between power on and full functionality, and a 40-page Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) keeps your hands free for other projects.
In terms of paper handling, my only complaint is that Dell does not offer any extra paper trays that can be added to the bottom of an existing device. Although the capacity of 150 sheets of sheet does not bother you, large print shops may need to add new paper more often than usual, which can be annoying.
In this lower price range, I’m not surprised that the front of the printer also lacks some of the features you get on more expensive devices. For example, you will not find a media card reader for printing photos directly from a storage card on your digital camera, and there is no USB port.
Finally, I am most disappointed to see that there is no auto-duplexer for the price. Without the ability to automatically flip a sheet of double-sided paper, you can spend valuable time trying to save paper. Whether these omissions are a breach of agreement depends on your particular workflow, though I wouldn’t be surprised if they force some IT pros to look elsewhere when buying a new printer.
The Dell B1165nfw performed similarly to its linear device, the Dell B1160w, in both speed and quality tests. Dell claims that the printer can reach up to 21 pages printed per minute using a text file with limited graphics, and my tests can be up to 18 times per minute.
One should not expect too much in terms of print quality from the B1165nfw, though it was good enough to use with office supplies and professional documents. That is, if you started a print job with enough toner to handle the job as best you can.
Like the B1160w, it printed a fine page of black text with solid lines and clean edges with a uniform spacing between characters and full-size figures, but failed to produce similar results to the graphics page.
The same goes for snapshots, though let’s say you don’t buy a monolayer to support your career in photography.
Service and support
Dell protects the B1165nfw with a standard one-year limited warranty, which includes advanced on-site exchange and remote diagnostics, with an option to extend the service for five years beyond the expiration of an additional $ 80.
The Dell B1165nfw is a simple, inexpensive monochrome laser printer that makes sense for small offices at a budget. It does not sacrifice features (unless you really need a USB port), and adding cloud-based features through Apple AirPrint-compatible devices, Google Chrome web browser, and even your own Dell Android app should make this device relatively future-proof.