The Dell B1163w is pretty compact for a multifunction laser printer, and it can copy and scan as well. The purchase price is particularly appealing, and image quality is sharp, but lack of faxing could be an issue for some buyers, and Dell B1163w toner can be a bit expensive to replace.
The main connection option for the B1163w is wireless networking, but it actually lacks a wired network port. Buyers who are troubled by this might want to consider the B1163nfw model, which includes both a wired network port and faxing capabilities. The compromise will be worth it for most, however, as it results in a lower price.
Print speeds are fast, at around 21 pages per minute, especially for the price. The front control panel has a tilt-out design that can save space when it's not in use, but it lacks an LCD, with only a two-digit display for choosing the number of copies. A button for the WPS wireless setup is included, however, and the Eco button can help reduce the amount of Dell B1163w printer toner used for each page, going longer between replacement toners.
As with most modern wireless printers, the unit supports Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and other protocols. This makes it easy to send a document from a tablet or smartphone, and is especially nice given the lack of and LCD for previewing.
With only one size of Dell B1163w toner cartridge to choose from, users don't get a lot of options. The standard Dell B1163w toner cartridges provide up to 1,500 pages, but they're not particularly cost-effective compared to similar models in its class.
The Dell B1163w is a bit of a mixed bag. Its output quality and solid features are impressive, but lack of an LCD and faxing capabilities could be an issue for a lot of buyers. For its low price, however, it offers a nice entry into the world of laser printers for tight budgets.
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